Daily Archives: September 26, 2017

Baxter Black, DVM: STRESS

Baxter Black, DVM:  STRESS

Let’s say a busload of Brazillian soccer players came by your place one fine fall afternoon unexpected and took you on a three-day road trip.

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Product Handling is Critical to Herd Health Success

Product Handling is Critical to Herd Health Success

Meredyth Jones, DVM

Cattle Today

The cow-calf production unit is the basis for the entire beef industry. The production of quality calves requires strict attention to the health of all calves, cows and bulls in the facility. Our goal is to use animal health products, such as vaccines, dewormers and medications to reduce the incidence overall and reduce the impact of disease on animal welfare and production.

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Be Careful with Sorghums This Time of Year

Be Careful with Sorghums This Time of Year

Dr. Gary Bates

University of Tennessee

The cool temperatures of fall are rapidly approaching.  The cool weather is usually good for grasses like tall fescue and orchardgrass.  But sorghums used for forage can be toxic after a frost.  The frost causes the release of prussic acid, or cyanide.  Small amounts of prussic acid can be highly toxic to cattle.  There are several things to know in order to prevent prussic acid poisoning in your livestock.

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More mycotoxins expected in new crop feed

More mycotoxins expected in new crop feed

Larry Lee

Brownfield Network

Weaver advises farmers to test every part of the ration, both when ensiling and when feeding it out.  And, that includes feed brought into the farm such as distillers dried grains.  “DDGS (Distillers dried grains with solubles) samples we’ve seen recently in our 37-plus lab at Alltech really have had very high levels of multiple mycotoxins, I think because that process of making DDG’s concentrates the mycotoxins and they aren’t necessarily made from the best corn.”

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Soften the Shock of Weaning

Soften the Shock of Weaning

Feedlot Magazine

Calves are more vulnerable to illness during weaning due to a variety of stressors, including removal from their mothers and new diets.1That stress can also have negative consequences for the health and productivity of newly weaned calves.

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Distinguished Producers Honored at Red Angus Association of America Awards Banquet

Distinguished Producers Honored at Red Angus Association of America Awards Banquet

Immeasurable passion, time and devotion are common denominators on all esteemed cattle farms and ranches. The producers who rise above the rest are dedicated to pushing boundaries and extracting the maximum return on investment from their cattle. The Red Angus Association of America honored these superior producers at its 64th annual awards banquet in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Sept. 15, 2017.

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Here cometh the Holsteins

Here cometh the Holsteins

Nevil Speer

Beef Magazine

Over the years, NBQA has enabled the industry to objectively assess what’s occurring in terms of the cattle mix and stakeholder perceptions. As part of the endeavor, this week’s graph provides some insight into individual animal identification trends over the past 10 years or so. It’s clear the use of individual identification has increased since 2005.

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Understanding Feeder Cattle Price Slides

Understanding Feeder Cattle Price Slides

Derrell S. Peel


Feeder cattle prices depend on the weight of the cattle with lightweight cattle typically having the highest price per pound (or hundredweight) and lower prices for heavier cattle.  Not only do prices vary across cattle weights but the size of the price adjustment depends on the weight of the cattle.  Price slides are a measure of the amount of price adjustment as weight changes from a base weight.

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Putting the business out to pasture

Putting the business out to pasture

Western Producer

The Bouws have been hit by all the crises and challenges of modern farming, but they’ve managed to stumble through each one and emerge with a better farm. It’s been a never-ending process of figuring out what works for them as a growing family, what works on their land and what they like doing.

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Outcome-Based Grazing = Flexible Management on Public Land

Outcome-Based Grazing = Flexible Management on Public Land

Ag Wired

According to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) launched a demonstration program allowing stakeholders in the grazing community an opportunity to achieve rangeland health goals on public land while allowing greater flexibility in livestock management decisions. The program focuses on responsive outcome-based grazing on public lands.

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