Monthly Archives: September 2017

BeefTalk: Age and Source Verification Revisited

BeefTalk: Age and Source Verification Revisited

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Ten years (as of November) have passed since the Dickinson Research Extension Center summarized research on tagging calves for improved market traceability, and the subject remains relevant today.

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The “Positive Associative Effect” of High Protein Supplements

The "Positive Associative Effect" of High Protein Supplements

Glenn Selk


As you drive across much of the country this fall you see many big round bales of hay stored for winter feed.   The quality of this hay will vary a great deal.  Frankly, some of it will be low in protein content and therefore low in digestibility.  The micro-organisms in the rumen of beef cows and replacement heifers require readily available protein to multiply and exist in large enough quantities to digest the cellulose in low quality roughages.

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International beef initiative launched by Texas A&M animal science

International beef initiative launched by Texas A&M animal science

Southern Livestock Standard

A new international beef initiative is underway by the Texas A&M University department of animal science, emphasizing research and educational activities related to cattle adapted to subtropical and tropical climates.  Dr. Cliff Lamb, department head, said two new faculty positions have been created to lead this effort.

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Tracing chromium concentrations in ruminant feeds

Tracing chromium concentrations in ruminant feeds

Jerry W. Spears

Progressive Forage

Providing adequate trace minerals to dairy cows is essential for high production and good health.

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Cow-Calf Cost Breakdown – Feed Cost

Cow-Calf Cost Breakdown – Feed Cost

Aaron Berger

University of Nebraska

An economic analysis of annual cow costs in Nebraska shows that feed cost represents approximately 40-70% of all costs when labor and depreciation are included. An economic analysis values owned pasture and raised feed at market value. The cows are asked to pay fair market value for both grazed and fed feed.

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Developing Heifers

Developing Heifers

Shelby Mettlen

Angus Beef Bulletin

"A system only works great in that particular system,” said John Hall, superintendent of the University of Idaho’s Nancy M. Cummings Research, Extension and Education Center in Carmen, Idaho. Hall spoke on the topic of heifer development at the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) symposium in Manhattan, Kan., Aug. 29-30. He encouraged his audience to concentrate on certain concepts and build their own systems to meet their unique needs.

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7 Steps to a Farm Succession Plan

7 Steps to a Farm Succession Plan

America Family Insurance

The family farm. It’s your legacy and your American dream. And it means everything to you. Passing that dream on to the people you trust helps ensure your hard work continues to provide for generations.

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