Daily Archives: August 31, 2017

Health and production recordkeeping

Health and production recordkeeping

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Although most cattle producers agree that good recordkeeping is important, many operations are not currently collecting valuable information that can be used in management decisions and marketing efforts.

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Good Outcome Rare With a Down Cow

Good Outcome Rare With a Down Cow

Dr. Ken McMillan


Young cows that are nursing have very high nutritional needs. They are still growing, trying to make enough milk and hopefully getting ready to breed back in two or three months after calving.

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Using genomics to squeeze more profits out of feedlot cattle

Using genomics to squeeze more profits out of feedlot cattle

John Paterson

Progressive Cattleman

Anyone associated with feeding cattle understands that performance factors influence feed costs of gain (feeding margins), and the impact on razor-thin margins can be big.

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Stable Flies Can Be a Problem Even If You Don’t Have a Stable

Stable Flies Can Be a Problem Even If You Don’t Have a Stable

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

If you see your cattle stomping their feet during warm summer months, it might mean they’re dealing with stable flies. Stable flies look a lot like house flies, but they are blood-suckers with bayonet-like mouthparts they use to pierce the skin. They prefer feeding on the bellies and legs of their victims, which include horses, cattle, hogs and humans.

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Report Proposes Roadmap for Reducing Antibiotic Use in Livestock

Report Proposes Roadmap for Reducing Antibiotic Use in Livestock

John Maday


A new report calls for stricter limits on the use of medically important antibiotics in livestock production. The report, from the Expert Commission on Addressing the Contribution of Livestock to the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis, was supported by the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Set up success when weaning and preconditioning calves

Set up success when weaning and preconditioning calves

Heather Smith Thomas

Beef Producer

If you precondition calves, you should remember the primary product you are making for your customers is healthier calves. Ron Gill, Texas A&M livestock specialist and rancher, says it all starts with the method by which you wean calves.

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The Benefits of Pregnancy Diagnosis

The Benefits of Pregnancy Diagnosis

John Grimes

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

We are entering an exciting time of the year for cow-calf producers.  They have started or soon will be weaning their spring-born calves.  Weaning is an excellent time to prepare the calf crop to become herd replacements or for future marketing opportunities by implementing health programs and transitioning to feed rations.

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Silage season: Get the right pack, invest in an inoculant, tarp the pile

Silage season: Get the right pack, invest in an inoculant, tarp the pile

Wendy Sweeter

The Cattle Business Weekly

Producers preparing for silage harvest should keep in mind the proper steps to getting the most value and quality out of their feed. South Dakota State University Extension beef feedlot management associate Warren Rusche says to capture the most value from their silage they need to make sure the corn is at the right moisture level.

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Keeping antibiotic use alive in U.S.

Keeping antibiotic use alive in U.S.

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

“We estimate that by 2050, 10 million lives a year and a cumulative $100 trillion of economic output are at risk due to the rise of drug-resistant infections if we do not find proactive solutions now to slow down the rise of drug resistance. Even today, 700,000 people die of resistant infections every year.”

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New online exchange to benefit farmers, cattle producers

New online exchange to benefit farmers, cattle producers

The Fence Post

A new online tool from Nebraska Extension aims to connect farmers and cattle producers to encourage mutually beneficial agreements to use crop residue for grazing. The Crop Residue Exchange tool provides a searchable database of cropland available for grazing.

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