Daily Archives: August 21, 2017

“Preg” Check and Cull “Open” Replacement Heifers

"Preg" Check and Cull "Open" Replacement Heifers

Glenn Selk


Many ranchers choose to breed the replacement heifers about a month ahead of the mature cows in the herd. In addition, they like to use a shortened 30 to 60-day breeding season for the replacement heifers. The next logical step is to determine which of these heifers failed to conceive in their first breeding season. This is more important today than ever before.

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‘Cow whisperer’ boy in wheelchair leads steer, melts hearts at Iowa State Fair

‘Cow whisperer’ boy in wheelchair leads steer, melts hearts at Iowa State Fair

Kyle Munson

Des Moines Register/The Angus Report

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Damian Mason:  Total Eclipse of the Heartland

Damian Mason:  Total Eclipse of the Heartland

While many Americans couldn’t name the 9 planets of our solar system (yes, Pluto will forever be a planet to me!), that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate a good eclipse.  The midday darkness coming Monday — “The Great American Solar Eclipse” as it’s being marketed, is the first in my memory to have a title.  First we named hurricanes, then Weather Channel boosted ratings by naming winter storms, by next year they’ll be naming rain showers. 

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SDSU studies grazing

SDSU studies grazing

Tri State Neighbor

SDSU Extension recently launched an analysis designed to determine whether management-intensive grazing is a win-win solution for both ranchers, said Tong Wang, SDSU Extension advanced production specialist. She said they hope to learn what factors cause rancher to use or not use such management techniques and the what incentives the government may provide.

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Man, 13 Cattle Die from Manure Gas

Man, 13 Cattle Die from Manure Gas

Alex Berezow

American Council on Science and Health

The CDC reports that a 29-year-old man in Wisconsin, along with 13 cattle, died from manure gas. Three more cattle were euthanized. The gas emanated from a manure basin that covered 60,400 square feet and was 15 feet deep.

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Ranchers in parched U.S. Northern Plains welcome hay lottery

Ranchers in parched U.S. Northern Plains welcome hay lottery

Theopolis Waters


Hundreds of livestock ranchers in the drought-stricken U.S. Northern Plains are embracing what organizers say is the first lottery designed to provide some much-needed relief to their operations.

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Standard Way to Trace Livestock Needed, Experts Say | National News

Standard Way to Trace Livestock Needed, Experts Say | National News

Eric Englert

US News and World Report

In June, China reapproved U.S. beef imports, but said tracing livestock to the birth farm is an important part of stricter import rules. For cattle born and slaughtered in the U.S., the new Chinese rules say the cattle must be individually identified with a tamper-resistant ear tag that has a unique number. It may be an electronic ID, a radio frequency identification or a program-compliant visual tag, but the unique numbers must be accessible by the USDA in order to determine compliance.

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Feeding low-quality forages to beef cattle

Feeding low-quality forages to beef cattle

Doug Warnock

The Capital Press

“Beef cattle are able to survive and even thrive on low-quality feeds,” says Don Llewellyn, Washington State University’s Regional Extension Livestock Specialist located in Kennewick, Wash. “As ruminants, they have the ability to digest fibrous material and get useful nutritional value from it.”

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Rumen function vital for greater gains in beef and dairy herds

Rumen function vital for greater gains in beef and dairy herds

AB Vista

“Feeding the ruminant is very challenging because there is a complex variety of available feed ingredients, and diet digestibility can fluctuate significantly depending on ration composition,” Dr Walker says. “By optimising rumen function, we are trying to reduce the incidence of metabolic disorders such as sub-acute ruminal acidosis (SARA), when rumen pH drops below 5.8. This is because it impacts negatively on fibre digestion, because the activity and number of fibre-digesting bacteria are reduced.”

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Beef Industry Past, Present, and Future

Beef Industry Past, Present, and Future

Gene Johnston

Successful Farming

Recently, I saw some news articles from 50 years ago, when Dad started that group. The big cattle issues were trade, heavy-handed government regulations, and creating better markets – some of the very issues we are dealing with today. I couldn’t believe it.

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Beef Cattle Institute program engages students, mentors in research

Beef Cattle Institute program engages students, mentors in research

Bryan Richardson

The Mercury

Do bad headlines really hurt beef sales? That topic was among the issues researched by students in the Summer Scholars program, which is coordinated by the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University.

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