Daily Archives: May 4, 2017

My dispersal sale ad (that you’ll likely never see)

My dispersal sale ad (that you’ll likely never see)

Troy Marshall

Beef Magazine

Sometimes I think the cattle business is cruel. When we host groups at the ranch, they probably think we are a smooth-running and efficient machine. At least, that is the impression we strive to leave. I suspect guilt keeps us from sharing all our foibles, because everyone else seems to oversee a smoothly running machine on their ranches.

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M. Bovis can Survive on Salt Blocks

M. Bovis can Survive on Salt Blocks

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

Researchers and veterinarians have long known that bovine tuberculosis (TB) can spread between cattle, or from wildlife to cattle, through feed sources. Researchers at Michigan State University now have confirmed that Mycobacterium bovis, the primary pathogen associated with bovine TB, can survive for up to three days on salt or mineral blocks.

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Effect of Heifer Development System on Reproduction and Subsequent Gain as a Pregnant Heifer

Effect of Heifer Development System on Reproduction and Subsequent Gain as a Pregnant Heifer

Jay Jenkins

Drovers

Bringing a bred replacement into the herd represents a significant expense for beef cattle producers. For those producing their own replacements, heifer development costs contribute directly to cow depreciation, which is one of the three largest expenses on many operations.

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Managing Spring Grass Growth and Selective Grazing

Managing Spring Grass Growth and Selective Grazing

– Rory Lewandowski

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

For most beef cattle farmers who are managing their pastures in a rotational grazing system two of the biggest spring challenges are the flush of rapid growth that will occur and selective grazing. While there are no easy management answers, if we review some basic plant growth biology and grazing principles, they may suggest some management strategies. Warning: this article may disrupt some conventional thinking.

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Fight face flies that carry pinkeye bacteria

Fight face flies that carry pinkeye bacteria

Fly Control Center

The economic injury level of face flies, a common pest of pastured cattle, is only 10 insects per animal. However, when face flies (Musca autumnalis) are carrying the bacterium that causes pinkeye, as is the case this season in several areas across the country, the economic threshold may be as low as one fly per animal.

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The Story of a Texas Rancher Girl

The Story of a Texas Rancher Girl

Peyton Waldrip

Go Brangus

Linda Jordens Galayda passion for ranching culture was enstilled in her from a young age as she grew up on a ranch in Katy, Texas. Her story is a perfect example of someone having roots and wings. In addition to her love of ranching, she spent 30 years in the fashion merchandising industry in New York City, New York.

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Breeding cows that can defend themselves against jaguars

Breeding cows that can defend themselves against jaguars

The Economist

From time to time jaguars emerge from a clump of forest, streak across the savannah and attack one of a panic-stricken herd of cows. When that happens, ranchers hunt the offender down and shoot it. That practice is endangering the cats’ survival.

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Blizzard Conditions Cause Possibly Thousands of Cattle to Die

Blizzard Conditions Cause Possibly Thousands of Cattle to Die

Ashley Davenport

AgWeb

Cattle ranchers in the Great Plains have been struck with another heavy blow after a weekend blizzard left countless cattle dead and thousands struggling to feed in Oklahoma and Kansas. This setback comes two months after the March wildfires tore through Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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Ranchers Search For Hundreds Of Missing Cattle After Blizzard

Ranchers Search For Hundreds Of Missing Cattle After Blizzard

CBS Denver

A rare spring blizzard slammed extreme western Kansas, southeast Colorado and the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma April 29-30. In some places the snow was measured in feet and winds up to 60 mph left drifts that were reported to be at least 10 feet high.

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Beef Prices Soar After Blizzard Clobbers Midwest

Beef Prices Soar After Blizzard Clobbers Midwest

Jeff Wilson

Bloomberg

More than half of U.S. feedlots are located in the region hit by the massive storm that dumped more than 12 inches (30 centimeters) of snow, blanketing an area from the Texas Panhandle to Nebraska, said Lee Reeve, principal at Reeve Cattle Co. in Garden City, Kansas, and president-elect of the Kansas Livestock Association. Losses were the highest among younger animals and a feedlot with 80,000 head of cattle north of Garden City lost more than 1,000 animals, he said in a telephone interview.

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