Daily Archives: March 20, 2017

Sarah “Sally” Buxkemper Ranching Icon Passes

Sarah “Sally” Buxkemper Ranching Icon Passes

Ballinger Funeral Home

Sarah “Sally” Buxkemper, owner of RX Ranch in Rowena, died on March 14, 2017 at the age of 84. She was a scientist and an artist at heart, who spent her life working for what could be rather than accepting the status quo. While she spent most of her life in West Texas

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Bovine DNA sequencing offers insight for researchers, beef producers

Bovine DNA sequencing offers insight for researchers, beef producers

Linda Teahon

Tri State Livestock News

"Our current set of cattle breeds for which we are producing whole genome sequence currently includes 46 breeds," said Michael Heaton, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) microbiologist who works at USMARC located in Clay Center, Neb.

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President’s Budget Shuns Rural America

President’s Budget Shuns Rural America

National Farmers’ Union

“Family farmers and ranchers are currently enduring the worst farm economy in well over a decade and an inadequate safety net that is hamstrung by $23 billion in budget cuts. The last thing our members need right now is more cuts to agencies and programs that provide incredibly important work, especially in the midst of the current farm crisis. These cuts and the message they send to rural America are deeply disappointing.

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Proper timing of vaccination protects calves and profits

Proper timing of vaccination protects calves and profits

Beef Magazine

Vaccination is one of the most important methods for preventing infections and disease in a cattle herd. While the type of vaccine administered is a central part of herd health, proper timing of vaccinations is also significant.

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Smart cows: The future of ranching?

Smart cows: The future of ranching?

Courtney Dickson

CBC

B.C. and Alberta researchers have come up with a solar-powered cattle tracking tag that would allow ranchers to access information about the location of their cows from their cell phones. "What we’re endeavouring to do is to get our cows connected to the internet," says researcher John Church.

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Should I add more legumes to my pasture?

Should I add more legumes to my pasture?

Christine Gelley

Progressive Forage

There is something special about legumes that set them apart from other forages. Legumes have the ability to sustain beneficial relationships with soil bacteria. These bacteria convert organic nitrogen (N2) – which is a form of nitrogen that plants cannot utilize – into inorganic nitrogen (NH4+) that plants can use. The bacteria benefits from the nutrients in the legumes’ root system, and the legumes benefit from the release of nitrogen from the bacteria.

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Relationship-building is Key to Profitability when Selecting a Feeder

Relationship-building is Key to Profitability when Selecting a Feeder

Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA

Cow-calf producers have a lot of decisions to make to ensure their herd turns a profit. One of the biggest decisions they might make is selecting a backgrounding operation or a feedlot to finish their calves. In addition to making sure their nutritional needs are met prior to weaning and shipping, Twig Marston, technical sales field manager at BioZyme Inc., offers three timely tips when selecting a partner in feeding and finishing calves.

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Michigan’s increase in Bovine TB outbreaks linked to weather?

Michigan’s increase in Bovine TB outbreaks linked to weather?

Nicole Heslip

Brownfield Ag News

The Michigan state veterinarian says the recent uptick in bovine tuberculosis (TB) outbreaks could be weather related. Dr. James Averill tells Brownfield the department’s hypothesis is that the prevalence of bovine TB has increased in the wild deer population which has increased the risk of it spreading to the cattle herd.

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Luing cattle – an efficient maternal breed

Luing cattle – an efficient maternal breed

Heather Smith Thomas

Grainews

Iain Aitken is passionate about his Luing (pronounced ‘Ling’) cattle and their outstanding traits that make cattle-raising easy. He and his wife Rowena have 200 head of this Scottish breed on their farm near Belmont in southwestern Manitoba.

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Surviving Cattle From Wildfire at Risk of Laminitis

Surviving Cattle From Wildfire at Risk of Laminitis

Ashley Davenport

Farm Journal

While thousands of cattle died in last week’s wildfires in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, those also hit hard by fire are the surviving beef cattle. From mild surface burns to debilitating hoof injuries, ranchers and veterinarians are teaming up to render care and compassion.

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