Daily Archives: August 24, 2017

Bull-Buying Basics

Bull-Buying Basics

Dr. Ken McMillan


When purchasing a new bull, what should I do to protect my herd from any possible diseases the bull might bring in? Years ago the first two things on that list would have probably been brucellosis and tuberculosis, but today many states are free of those diseases. The bigger threats now are from diseases that many producers haven’t even heard of.

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Futures, ‘little things’ can help producers with cattle marketing

Futures, ‘little things’ can help producers with cattle marketing

Austin Black

Iowa Farmer Today

Marketing livestock is never easy. Producers gamble against weather and fluctuating prices every day. To be profitable in today’s market, it’s important to have a strategy for selling. This strategy relies on one main factor: How much financial risk can producers handle?

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Activists Boldly Upfront About Their True Goals for Animal Agriculture, “We’re Not Here to Negotiate”

Activists Boldly Upfront About Their True Goals for Animal Agriculture, "We’re Not Here to Negotiate"

Oklahoma Farm Report

“At the end of the day, they want to end all forms of using animals and all forms of animal agriculture,” Hannah said, explaining their strategy to first target ‘factory farms,’ a term they themselves coined to cast a negative light on larger production operations. “They think they are going to get further if they start with large-scale, modern, efficient production systems which is that idea of factory farming.”

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Solving Seasonal Electric Fence Problems

Solving Seasonal Electric Fence Problems

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

A season of managed grazing can be hard on your fences and changes in vegetation and soil moisture take their toll. Here are some suggestions for figuring out what’s wrong and fixing it.

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Shipping, no fever

Shipping, no fever

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

Shipping recently weaned calves from their home ranch to a stocker operation or feedyard, with associated stress and pathogen exposure, can contribute to sickness. Careful management can minimize shipping stress and morbidity though, as demonstrated in some of the longest hauls of all – from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland.

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How to figure contract cow grazing

How to figure contract cow grazing

R. P. "Doc" Cooke

Beef Producer

More questions that arise than I may ever have the answer, so the most positive and usually the best reply to many of the questions I field in this business is, “I don’t know.” Contract grazing might be a really good example.

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Watch your silage for high nitrates before feeding cattle

Watch your silage for high nitrates before feeding cattle

Dr. Eric Knock

Tri-State Neighbor

With drought conditions continuing to worsen, our hopes of getting decent feed of any quality rounded up are also dwindling. Along with poor production, we need to be very mindful of nitrates in our feed this year. Nitrates can be present in just about any forage, but of most concern this year are small grains harvested for forage and forage used as silage.

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