Daily Archives: October 2, 2017

Prep for Parasites Before the Feedlot

Prep for Parasites Before the Feedlot

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin

Research shows advantage of deworming calves ahead of feedlot entrance. Cattle on pasture pick up parasites. Worm level in any group of cattle depends on how heavily contaminated the pasture is and whether the cattle have natural resistance to nematode infections. Calves have not yet developed much resistance and tend to have heavy parasite loads if pastures are contaminated.

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Tom Burke Joins the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery

Tom Burke Joins the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery


Lifelong Angus sale manager, author, speaker, Angus enthusiast, youth supporter and former American Angus Association board member Tom Burke of Platte City, Missouri, has been selected as the 2017 inductee into the Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery, largely considered the highest honor in the livestock industry.  It is the highest honor that can come to anyone in American Agriculture.

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Minimize Calf Stress During Transition to Feedlot

Minimize Calf Stress During Transition to Feedlot

Philip Gruber

Lancaster Farming

In addition to being pulled away from its mother, the calf may have to go through vaccination, implantation, castration and a long truck trip to a new farm. “There’s a tremendous amount of stress during this age,” said Tara Felix, a Penn State professor and Extension beef specialist.

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Hiring & Firing on the Farm: What You Need to Know

Hiring & Firing on the Farm: What You Need to Know

Progressive Forage

Tiffany Dowell Lashmet

The laws surrounding hiring and firing farm employees are complex, which leads to a great deal of misunderstanding among employers about what they can and should do when in these situations. What type of investigation should an employer conduct into a potential hire?

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How to decide when to sell cull cows

How to decide when to sell cull cows

Mark Landefeld

Farm and Dairy

At this time of year, many cow-calf operators are weaning/selling calves and determining which, if any, cows are going to be culled and sent to market.

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Harvey may not have dealt devastating blow to Texas ranchers

Harvey may not have dealt devastating blow to Texas ranchers

The Denver Post

As John Locke looked down from a helicopter at his roughly 200 cattle struggling with Harvey’s rising floodwaters, he saw about 20 becoming entangled in a barbed wire fence and feared the worst.

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No beef about the quality of southern Illinois cattle

No beef about the quality of southern Illinois cattle

Karen Binder


Just ask the coordinator for the Southern Illinois University Test Bull Sale and a southern Illinois beef breeder about the high quality of the region’s beef stock and they’ll give you a big bite of reality.

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Prestigious beef award granted to two Select Sires representatives

Prestigious beef award granted to two Select Sires representatives

Farm Fourm

The Beef Reproduction Leadership Team presented the 2017 Service to Industry Award to David Dockter, Mandan, N.D., and Dr. Randall Spare, Ashland, Kan. On Aug. 29, 2017 during the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) Symposium held in Manhattan, Kan., Both received were recognized for their outstanding contributions while working in the beef artificial insemination (A.I.) industry.

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Let’s all take a month off of red meat

Let’s all take a month off of red meat

Claire Maldarelli

Popular Science

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Before you print out this post just to have the pleasure of burning it, one quick programming note: Nobody here is suggesting you give up meat forever. I couldn’t do it; the only reason I’m not eating a cheeseburger RIGHT NOW is because the line was too long at Five Guys. But 31 measly days of not eating the animals that are farting our climate into oblivion? Easy. So let’s give it a go.

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Consumers want to know ‘country of origin’

Consumers want to know ‘country of origin’

Eric F. Nelson

Argus Leader

With large supermarket chain Hy-Vee announcing its “Clean Honest Ingredients” labeling initiative, it’s becoming evident that labeling will continue to be a big issue. As a cattle producer and active advocate of beef, I am often asked, “Why are Mexico, Canada and United States listed as countries of origin on all the packages of beef? I want to buy just U.S. beef.” My answer is, “Because the United States negotiated away the ability for the U.S. to label country of origin in NAFTA, while Canada managed to keep their ability to label in their NAFTA terms.”

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