Daily Archives: October 10, 2017

Baxter Black, DVM: José and the Hoodoo Cow

Baxter Black, DVM: José and the Hoodoo Cow

We run this ol’ cow in the squeeze chute, she rattled and fought all the way

Then rammed a hind foot through the side bars and managed to cow-kick José.

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Efficiency and Quality Support Industry Production Margins

Efficiency and Quality Support Industry Production Margins

John Nalivka


Production efficiency in the U.S. beef industry has a significant and positive impact on both market performance and industry margins. In 2015, when supplies were relatively tight, the industry produced the same amount of beef as it did in 1975, but with 43 million fewer cattle.

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Beef lessons from dairy conceptions.

Beef lessons from dairy conceptions.

Justin Sexten

Angus Beef Bulletin

You’ve heard that the key to beef quality could lie in making sure a calf never has a bad day. A paper in the Journal of Dairy Science adds validity — and before you quit reading because the work didn’t come from the beef side, think for a minute about the dairy cow. She’s a model of uniform genetics and focused selection with little nutritional limit to gene expression.

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Grazing Practices can Control Weeds

Grazing Practices can Control Weeds

Bruce Fickenscher

Kiowa County Press

The saying goes that, "one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!" The same can be said for weeds and grazing managers. Here is a "duh" statement: Weeds are plants and grazing animals eat plants!

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First transgenic cattle pharm breaks ground in South Dakota

First transgenic cattle pharm breaks ground in South Dakota

Ag Daily

The TcBovine have been genetically designed to produce large amounts of natural human polyclonal antibodies when vaccinated against a target disease. To produce a therapeutic, the cattle are vaccinated against a particular disease in much the same way that humans receive a flu vaccination.

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Watch out for anaplasmosis this season

Watch out for anaplasmosis this season

A.J. Tarpoff

Progressive Cattleman

Besides being a 12-letter word – and a hard one to spell at that – anaplasmosis is a disease the beef industry shouldn’t take lightly. While this parasitic disease used to be more common in certain parts of the country, such as the Gulf Coast, other areas such as the Great Plains and the Midwest have seen an uptick in the number of cases in the last few years.

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The biggest estate planning mistake of all time

The biggest estate planning mistake of all time

Curt Ferguson

Prairie Farmer

Deeding property to your children and reserving a life estate is usually a mistake and cannot effectively be corrected. People often think this will achieve things that it will not, and it immediately (not just after you die) exposes that real estate to creditors, divorces and other bad things that can happen to your children.

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Keep farming or retire?

Keep farming or retire?

Wisconsin Agriculturist

You will be faced with some tax implications as you start to divest your assets. After you turn 70 years old, you become eligible for some different treatment of income. If you see a financial adviser, he or she will be able to talk you through all these tax and income scenarios. Your thought about selling the farm would work also. Land is still in high demand.

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Oklahoma cattlemen learn about adding value to herds

Oklahoma cattlemen learn about adding value to herds

Jennifer M. Latzke

High Plain Journal

Adding value to the ranch was the focus of the 2017 Northwest Oklahoma Beef Conference recently in Enid, Oklahoma. Gant Mourer, beef cattle value enhancement specialist for Oklahoma State University, discussed the value of preconditioning calves.

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Cattle income something to bawl about

Cattle income something to bawl about

Scott Brown

American Agriculturalist

Even after subtracting all livestock and poultry expenses from cattle and calves’ cash receipts to avoid double-counting — as receipts accrue every time an animal changes hands prior to its final destination — the total is projected to be just shy of $45 billion this year.

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