Daily Archives: October 31, 2017

Baxter Black, DVM: The Supersalesman

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Supersalesman

Slicker’n deer guts on a doorstep!

Smooth as a filly’s nose!

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Got my cattle DNA data report … now what?

Got my cattle DNA data report … now what?

John Paterson

Progressive Cattleman

You just got your DNA data back from the lab and now you’re wondering: How do I effectively use the report? As a commercial producer, the main use of the information is to identify the best heifers and place selection pressure on the traits of fertility, stayability and calving ease.

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Value of bull to commercial herd exceeds ‘relative’ value

Value of bull to commercial herd exceeds ‘relative’ value

Paul Schattenberg

Texas AgriLife

“In publications referencing cattle values for commercial producers as well as reports from beef breed associations, the value of a bull is often given as equivalent to the average value of five weaned calves,” said Dr. Joe Paschal, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Corpus Christi. “This has been a long-held comparison for determining the value of a bull, but it really doesn’t take into account all aspects of what bulls provide to the herd.”

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Cow demands more than fall pastures can provide

Cow demands more than fall pastures can provide

Melissa Bravo

Progressive Forage

We’ve all had one in our herd now and again; I call mine Big Bertha. She’s not the boss cow. That’s because she’s just too big and too slow to be bothered with defending her territory to be first in line to the barn. The largest matriarch in the herd, she’s got a 7 body condition score any day of the week.

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The 4 R’s of Feeding the Cow Herd

The 4 R’s of Feeding the Cow Herd

Al Gahler

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

The end of the growing season is near, and for cattle producers in Ohio, that means the beginning of the season that challenges the profitability of a cow/calf operation more than any other aspect.  That’s right, feeding a cow through the winter is the number one cost of production, and the days of $2.50 and higher feeder calves that made it pretty easy to pay the winter feed bill are a fond but distant memory.

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Drought pushes early calf sales in western ND

Drought pushes early calf sales in western ND

Jenny Schlecht


The crew at Stockmen’s Livestock Exchange tossed out bags of sawdust after the first few groups of calves went through the ring at the Stockmen’s West barn. There was no point in spreading the sawdust around — there would be plenty of hooves to do that.

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8 tips from an old-timer on how to succeed in ranching

8 tips from an old-timer on how to succeed in ranching

Jolyn Young

Beef Magazine

It’s a fight he’ll likely never win. But with an extensive prescribed burn, herbicide and grubbing program, Andrew Bivins hopes to eventually mimic Mother Nature in minimizing forage loss caused by the pasture predators of brush and weeds.

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Grazing cattle with cover crops

Grazing cattle with cover crops

Spike Jordan

Scottsbluff Star Herald

On a Friday morning, the Petersons of Plum Thicket Farms south of Gordon were moving weaned calves from one field of cover crops to the next. Patrick Peterson, and his parents, Rex and Nancy, are one of eight private landowners across the state who’ve agreed to team up with the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and the University of Nebraska Extension to embark on a three year study sponsored by the Nebraska Environmental Trust, examining the impacts and efficacy of grazing cover crops on row crop acres.

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What’s Next for WOTUS?

What’s Next for WOTUS?

John Dillard

AG Web

Few things in recent history have unified the agriculture community more than the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The 2015 regulation was an easy target and timed perfectly for the election. In the wake of the 2016 election, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) announced their intention to rescind the regulation. That’s the end of it, right? Not yet.

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Communicator Summit delves into sustainability of beef

Communicator Summit delves into sustainability of beef

David Cooper

Progressive Cattleman

Sustainability in beef. OK, I know what you’re thinking. What does that even mean? For most ranchers, sustainability is defined as having grandkids ready to take over the ranch, and tires that last four years on the pickup.

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