Daily Archives: October 12, 2017

Here’s how I classify bulls

Here’s how I classify bulls

R. P. "Doc" Cooke

Beef Producer

Removal of the male testicles of both animal and human has been practiced for at least several thousand years. Both man and beast are more predictable creatures when the testosterone has been removed.

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Baleage is different than all other forage making practices

Baleage is different than all other forage making practices

Jerry Lindquist

Michigan State University

Baleage is made in round-bale and big-square hay packages so some people assume it is very similar to making dry hay. Others assume because the end product of baleage is a fermented wet silage that it is just like making haylage. According to Dr. Wayne Coblentz, from the USDA Dairy Forage Research Center in Marshfield, Wisconsin, making baleage is different in some significant ways than other forage harvesting practices and farmers need to understand those differences if they are to make better quality forage from baleage.

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Don’t Guess, Forage Test!

Don’t Guess, Forage Test!

Al Gahler

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Across most of Ohio, 2017 has been a challenging crop year, especially for those in the hay production business.  In 2016, while most producers did not have significant yields, quality was tremendous due to the dry weather which allowed for highly manageable cutting intervals and easy dry down.  Since the end of June, however, 2017 has been just the opposite, with mother nature forcing many bales to be made at higher than optimal moisture levels, and cutting intervals measured in months rather than days.

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Naval Ill Can Lead to Bigger Issues

Naval Ill Can Lead to Bigger Issues

Dr. Ken McMillan


The urachus is the tube leading from the bladder to the umbilical cord that carries away urine the calf produces while in the uterus. It’s supposed to close and wither away after birth.

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Feed ingredients that you may not know exist

Feed ingredients that you may not know exist

Travis Whitney

Progressive Cattleman

How many of you consider cottonseed hulls (CSH) to be a good roughage source for mixed livestock diets? Are you crazy or have you just not read the nutrient and digestibility analysis of CSH?

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How Big is Big Enough

How Big is Big Enough

Kit Pharo

On Pasture

According to the USDA Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska, the average Angus, Red Angus and Hereford cow weighs over 1,400 pounds. Mainstream seedstock producers have successfully out-Simmentalled the Simmentals. Unfortunately, in their attempt to wean bigger and bigger calves, their pounds and profit per acre have been decreasing. It doesn’t matter how big your cattle are if they’re not profitable.

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Chute Side Vaccine Management Tips

Chute Side Vaccine Management Tips

Taylor Grussing

Bovine Veterinarian

“Shoot, I messed up the vaccines.” If these words have ever been uttered while processing cows and calves, it may be time for implementation of some simple chute side organization tips. A good vaccination program is only as good as the techniques used in each step of administration. 70% of beef operations administer vaccines to cows and calves at least one time every 12 months (NAHMS).

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