Daily Archives: March 24, 2017

BeefTalk: Cattle and Sheep Together a Good Thing

BeefTalk: Cattle and Sheep Together a Good Thing

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

For thousands of years, meat, milk, leather, wool, mohair and cashmere have been essential components of human survival. Producers historically have utilized a combination of cattle, sheep, goats and other ruminants to graze grasslands and provide the necessary food and clothing.

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3 Types of Wildfire Cattle: Healthy, Dead, or Need to Be Euthanized

3 Types of Wildfire Cattle: Healthy, Dead, or Need to Be Euthanized

Ashley Davenport

Drovers

Ranchers are still determining their losses and rounding up cattle. Those in Clark County, Kan. say cattle on wheat had a higher survival rate. Dr. Randall Spare, president of Ashland Veterinary Center, Inc., says many cattle on the hills died, and the injuries and infection to cattle depend on location. “There are three kinds of cattle: they are either alive and healthy, dead, or those that need to be put to sleep,” said Spare.

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A Milligram of Prevention …

A Milligram of Prevention …

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

Supplementing trace minerals can benefit cattle health, reproduction and growth, but it takes the right minerals at the right times, along with considerations for toxicity and antagonisms from minerals already in the diet. And while mineral supplementation is not a new tool, researchers continue to refine the practice for optimum results.

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Get Paid More by Paying More – Attention that is- to the Dollar Index of Your Next Bull’s EPDs

Get Paid More by Paying More – Attention that is- to the Dollar Index of Your Next Bull’s EPDs

Oklahoma Farm Report

With so many selection tools available to producers these days through EPDs and now genetically enhanced EPDs – it can be difficult at times sorting it all out. In an attempt to streamline the decision-making process a little easier on producers though, the cattle industry has started offering something called “dollar indicators.”

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Study Shows FCCP Tags Provide Added Value in Marketplace

Study Shows FCCP Tags Provide Added Value in Marketplace

Tri State Livestock News

The Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) has long been recognized as a leader in the beef industry and university research has now quantified the added value this program provides for beef producers. In a recent study completed by Kansas State University, FCCP-tagged Red Angus calves marketed through Superior Livestock Auction’s video sales, sold for significantly higher prices. From 2013 to 2016, FCCP-enrolled Red Angus calves sold for $3.38 more per hundredweight over non-tagged, Red Angus-influenced calves that were only identified by breed description. This equated to more than $20 per head on a 600-lb. feeder calf.

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Animal health and profitability need emphasis on the natural model.

Animal health and profitability need emphasis on the natural model.

R. P. "Doc" Cooke

Beef Producer

For almost 30 years I have been mindful of the fact that Kentucky 31 fescue and a bunch of other cool-season grasses have a place on cattle operations. The problem was and still is that animal health and profitability were in decline. The health aspect eventually took me to the soil and the natural model, where I found some more answers.

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New strain identified in South Dakota tuberculosis case

New strain identified in South Dakota tuberculosis case

Codi Vallery-Mills

The Cattle Business Weekly

A new strain of Mycobacterium bovis, the causative agent of tuberculosis in cattle,  has been found in the Harding County, South Dakota bovine tuberculosis investigation. The findings were confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa through whole genome analysis of the bacteria isolated from some of the affected animals from the Harding County herd.

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Careful management required to keep cattle herds free of lice

Careful management required to keep cattle herds free of lice

Dr. Eric Knock

Tri state Neighbor

During the past month or so, many of the questions and problems that producers have contacted our clinic with have been in reference to lice or perceived lice complaints. It seems that the number of lice complaints have been increasing per year over the past few years. While the reasons for such an increase are unclear, it is clear that the effects of lice infestations on cattle can be very frustrating.

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Guide to Selecting Head Gates

Guide to Selecting Head Gates

Michael Baker

Farming

If I were king for a day, I would make it mandatory that before anyone could have cattle, they would have to prove the existence of an appropriate handling system on their farm. There are some significant reasons for having a handling system: It’s the only way to humanely handle cattle, and it’s the only safe way for the handler to handle cattle.

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Trump Ag Secretary Pick Finally gets Confirmation Hearing

Trump Ag Secretary Pick Finally gets Confirmation Hearing

Andy Eubank

Hoosier AG Today

Finally. Thursday the Trump administration choice for USDA Secretary finally met the Senate Agriculture Committee for the nomination hearing. It has been over two months that USDA has been waiting to learn if former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue will be confirmed. In a season of very partisan confirmation hearings, Perdue’s tone suggested more optimism for now and the future.

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