Daily Archives: July 11, 2017

Baxter Black, DVM: Pestilence

Baxter Black, DVM:  Pestilence

Piojos!  Lice!  The biting kind. You see ‘em everywhere

They’re thick as thieves on cattle’s backs and crawlin’ in their hair!

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Nebraska BQA:  Handling Cattle Through High Heat Humidity Indexes

Nebraska BQA:  Handling Cattle Through High Heat Humidity Indexes

Rob Eirich

University of Nebraska

Entering the summer months, cattlemen need to understand and deal with heat and humidity. We need to consider some guidelines to help us reduce additional stress on cattle during these events and incorporate some of the following practices into our management practices.

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Transportation Stress Adds Layer of Risk

Transportation Stress Adds Layer of Risk

Greg Henderson

Drovers

“Weaning begins the day the calf is born,” says Tom Noffsinger, cattle handling consultant from Binkleman, Neb. “How you handle that momma cow is going to have an effect on that calf, and how you handle that calf from day one is going to help determine how that calf reacts to weaning.”

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Keep mineral supplementation simple if pasture quality is good

Keep mineral supplementation simple if pasture quality is good

Beef Magazine

"Whenever I’m in a pasture with cattle, it is not unusual to find the (mineral) feeder empty, and it may look like it had been empty for several days. Fortunately, minerals do not require a daily intake as the cattle’s body can help tide them through most shortages," says Eldon Cole, livestock specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

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This Is What Humane Slaughter Looks Like. Is It Good Enough?

This Is What Humane Slaughter Looks Like. Is It Good Enough?

Mac McClelland

Modern Farmer

Slaughter is an issue as personal as it is philosophic as it is systematic. And it’s at this confluence that autistic animal welfare advocate Temple Grandin arrived to standardize humane slaughter practices in the United States.

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You Can Only Eat Steak If You Get More Than 7/10 On This Quiz

You Can Only Eat Steak If You Get More Than 7/10 On This Quiz

Gena-mour Barrett

Buzzfeed

There’s no room for mis-steaks.

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Follow BQA guidelines when treating and selling cows

Follow BQA guidelines when treating and selling cows

Glenn Selk

Feedlot Magazine

Summer time often brings a few infectious ailments to beef cows.  Common problems include eye infections and foot rot.  Treatment of affected cows will often involve the use of antibiotics.

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NDSU: Look out for livestock nitrate poisoning during drought

NDSU: Look out for livestock nitrate poisoning during drought

Ag Daily

Some North Dakota State University Extension Service specialists are urging livestock producers in drought stricken states to be aware of nitrate poisoning. Nitrate poisoning may occur if livestock eat drought-stressed crops and forages, which can accumulate nitrates. Feeding drought-stressed forages from oats, barley, and corn causes the majority of nitrate poisoning cases in North Dakota.

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3 pieces of good news about the drought

3 pieces of good news about the drought

Dakota Farmer

The latest U.S. Climate Prediction Center outlook says the odds favor above-average precipitation for August through October through much of the Dakotas. I don’t know if it will be enough to break the drought. “Above average” could be a mere pittance. The late summer and early fall can sometimes be pretty dry anyway. We need Black Elk, the legendary Oglala Lakota leader, to return.

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10 minutes with Cameron Bruett, JBS USA

10 minutes with Cameron Bruett, JBS USA

Bob Langert

Green Biz

I didn’t really know much about sustainability at that time; I was a lobbyist in Washington, dealing with legislative issues, and I found the issue pretty interesting from a consumer and policy perspective. Having been in agriculture policy for all of my career, I’ve always been a passionate advocate for the American farmer and rancher. I saw a lot of the rhetoric around beef sustainability very focused on vulnerabilities in regions outside of the United States or outside of North America. Issues that American farmers and ranchers had no control or influence over.

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