Daily Archives: April 18, 2017

Baxter Black, DVM:   Pick It Out

Baxter Black, DVM:   Pick It Out

The newspaper photo showed them leaning into the harmony like four caroling coyotes!

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Grazing Crop Residue Doesn’t Cause Compaction

Grazing Crop Residue Doesn’t Cause Compaction

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

It makes sense that a 1,200 pound Angus cow would place quite a lot of pressure on the ground on which it walks. But a new Nebraska study shows that even these heavy beasts can’t do much to compact common soils—if they’re grazed responsibly.

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Parentage Testing

Parentage Testing

Megan Rolf

Kansas State University

Parentage testing is often thought of as a tool that is only applicable to seedstock producers, but in fact there are benefits to commercial producers as well . Parentage testing not only ensures correct pedigree, but can provide information to make important management decisions for commercial producers .  

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Simple Inheritance in Beef Cattle

Simple Inheritance in Beef Cattle

Darrh Bullock

University of Kentucky

For production traits the best tools for making selection decisions are Expected Progeny Differences (EPD) . Expected Progeny Differences are computed for many quantitative traits, traits controlled by many genes (polygenic) and affected by the environment, that have economic importance to beef producers . 

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Kansas family faces life and death in prairie wildfire

Kansas family faces life and death in prairie wildfire


The Capital Press

Brandon Grigsby and his family survived massive wall of flames that threatened them and their cattle.  Flames and smoke envelope a grain elevator in Sitka, Kan., on March 7. Grass fires fanned by gusting winds scorched swaths of Kansas grassland, forcing the evacuations of several towns and killing livestock.

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On-the-range detection technology could corral bovine TB

On-the-range detection technology could corral bovine TB


A research breakthrough allowing the first direct, empirical, blood-based, cow-side test for diagnosing bovine tuberculosis (TB) could spare ranchers and the agriculture industry from costly quarantines and the mass slaughter of animals infected with this easily spread disease.

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Moving Late Calving Cows Up in the Breeding Season

Moving Late Calving Cows Up in the Breeding Season

Bethany Johnston & Jay Jenkins


As the end of the calving season nears for many cattlemen, the last few cows in the heavy pen seem to last forever. Those late calvers are doing more than dragging out the calving season. They are costing you money. Their young calves are usually lighter at weaning, late calving cows usually rebreed later or not at all.

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Prime and Choice producing more tonnage, keeping beef demand humming

Prime and Choice producing more tonnage, keeping beef demand humming

Nevil Speer

Beef Magazine

Last week, we highlighted the recent landmark established in terms of increased quality grade in beef carcasses. The article noted that, “…during the past 25 years, the industry has struggled to surpass a rate of 60% of carcasses grading Prime or Choice.”

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K-State Cow/Calf Unit students driven for careers in beef cattle industry

K-State Cow/Calf Unit students driven for careers in beef cattle industry

Samantha Albers

Kansas State Collegian

Commercial breeding cattle operations in the U.S. date back to the settling of the western region of the country over 100 years ago, and the maintenance of those operations is still incorporated into the curriculum of Kansas State’s Rufus F. Cox Cow/Calf Unit.

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Emerging Health Issues

Emerging Health Issues

Troy Smith

Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA

Beef cattle producers, veterinarians and extension educators, as well as state and federal animal health officials, assembled for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Emerging Health and Research Issues Working Group, hosted during the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Three guest speakers led discussions regarding the recently implemented veterinary feed directive (VFD) requirement, the economic consequences of a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak and the incidence of pneumonia among preweaned calves.

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