Daily Archives: May 25, 2017

Plan Properly to Manage Yearling Breeding

Plan Properly to Manage Yearling Breeding

Tyler Melroe

Cattle Today

Developing and breeding yearling heifers can be equally rewarding and frustrating. The process is too timely and costly to land anywhere short of success. The technology around estrus synchronization continues to evolve and improve.

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Quarantine To Ward Off the Spread of Warts

Quarantine To Ward Off the Spread of Warts

Dr. Ken McMillan


Cattle face warts is a treatable, but contagious condition. It underscores why new animals on the farm should be quarantined. I would use a commercial wart vaccine and give two doses according to label instructions. I crush some of the warts to try to stimulate immunity by releasing the virus into the system. Other people have written to me swearing that removing them and feeding them back to the cow helps.

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Countering the myths on mineral supplementation for cattle

Countering the myths on mineral supplementation for cattle


Farm & Ranch Guide

Many times when cattle producers get together the subject of mineral supplementation will come up and there are those who can produce a variety of reasons why they don’t think providing minerals to their cattle is important. However, Kent Tjardes, cattle consultant with Purina Animal Nutrition feels withholding a mineral program from the herd can actually hold cattle back from unrealized potential.

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Animal well-being: Better care for a better business

Animal well-being: Better care for a better business

Jason Nickell

Progressive Cattleman

U.S. cattlemen have long recognized the importance of the proper care and handling of their livestock. From cow-calf operations to backgrounding/stocker programs and finally to feedyards and packing plants, ensuring animals are well cared for not only makes good business sense; it’s also the right thing to do.

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Duval County Ranch in Texas

Duval County Ranch in Texas

David Kitner

On Pasture

Duval County Ranch is located 2 hours south of San Antonio, and covers 125,000 plus contiguous acres. It is located in an arid, mesquite covered region. Along with the mesquite, there are numerous species of brush that cover the landscape. Forage production is limited by the amount of brush cover. The ranch is split by 3 major highways which present another challenge to its management.

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SD Beef producers capitalize on New York partnership

SD Beef producers capitalize on New York partnership

Tri State Livestock News

South Dakota beef producers are utilizing a long-standing partnership with the New York Beef Council to reach east coast consumers with a positive beef message. Each year, the New York Farm Tour brings consumer influencers to rural areas. This year two South Dakota beef producers will help provide insight into modern beef production in the more wide-open spaces of the Midwest.

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Grazing Residue Height Matters

Grazing Residue Height Matters

Jessica A. Williamson

Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter

Any grazier knows that pasture management is as much of an art as it is a science. Skilled and seasoned graziers understand how important it is to keep a close eye on pastures as livestock are grazing, and often a drive-by evaluation of a pasture is not good enough to fully see what is going on out there – it requires us to get out of the truck and get our boots on the ground, walking the field to evaluate the current status. Often over-grazed pastures can appear to have more residue – or stubble – than they actually have when driving by or viewing from a vehicle window.

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