Daily Archives: April 13, 2017

Nutritional Tools Enhance Herd Performance

Nutritional Tools Enhance Herd Performance

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

In more recent history, cattle producers are beginning to focus more on production efficiency. “What is the most economical way I can produce a calf or a pound of gain on the bulls and heifers I sell?” With every production parameter there is an efficiency measurement that comes with it.

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Consider Culling Cows with Mastitis

Consider Culling Cows with Mastitis

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

Mastitis is an infection of the mammary gland. It is one of the most common and costly diseases in dairy cattle. In dairy cattle, it is usually easy to detect and treat; but note that I said "treat," not "successfully treat." This is something dairy farmers are all too familiar with.

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To Estrus Detect or Not Was the Question

To Estrus Detect or Not Was the Question

B. T. Tibbitts, T. L. Meyer, D. J. Kelly, and R. N. Funston

University of Nebraska

Reproductive technologies such as estrus synchronization and AI have limited adoption in the beef industry, partially due to added labor. Protocols that limit labor and cattle processing have a greater potential of being adopted. In the past, pregnancy rates were improved when estrus detection was used.

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Iowa Beef Center Fact Sheet Provides Guidance for Grazing Contracts

Iowa Beef Center Fact Sheet Provides Guidance for Grazing Contracts

Farm and Ranch Guide

The lack of a futures market for forages can make it difficult for land owners and beef producers to establish a fair-market value, particularly for standing forages. Establishing that value, however, can make the difference between profit and loss for a beef operation in a given year. That’s why Iowa State University specialists Patrick Gunn and Joe Sellers created a new fact sheet, Pasture and Grazing Arrangements for Beef Cattle, for those who use pasture and grazing rentals in their operations.

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New product to combat fescue toxicosis in cattle

New product to combat fescue toxicosis in cattle

Julie Harker

Brownfield AG News

A new formula for fighting fescue toxicosis is available for cattle that graze in the so-called “Fescue Belt” of the U.S. Kentucky 31 Fescue is the culprit and when ingested can cause cattle to lose weight and have reproductive issues from the endophyte-infected grass.

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Cover Crops Work? Show Me!

Cover Crops Work? Show Me!


All across the United States, farmers are increasingly using cover crops to suppress weeds, conserve soil and control pests and diseases. But agricultural educators know that savvy farmers are reluctant about risk and often want to see cover crops in action before making significant change.

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Testing for grass composition

Testing for grass composition

Hay and Forage Grower

Mixtures of grass and alfalfa have always been variable by nature in terms of their composition. This variability is caused by environmental conditions at the time of seeding, the grass species selected, and seasonal growth differences from spring through fall.

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Spicer Calls Expanded U.S. Beef Sales to China a ‘Big Prize’

Spicer Calls Expanded U.S. Beef Sales to China a ‘Big Prize’

Alan Bjerga


President Donald Trump achieved a “big prize” during his meeting last week with Chinese President Xi Jinping by expanding U.S. beef exports to China, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said, without offering details on any tangible steps taken toward ensuring greater access.

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Scouring calves and the magic formula

Scouring calves and the magic formula

Erica Louder

Progressive Cattleman

Today, the day that I am writing this, is the first day of spring. It has been a long time coming, but the unpredictable weather patterns prove it is here. It is quite appropriate that I spend a part of my day treating a scouring calf. It just comes with the territory, but this year it seems so much worse.

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Cattlemen Applaud Delay of GIPSA Rule, Call for Its Ultimate Demise

Cattlemen Applaud Delay of GIPSA Rule, Call for Its Ultimate Demise


The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) applauded today’s announcement that the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is delaying the effective date of its interim final rule an additional six months to Oct. 19, 2017.

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