Daily Archives: November 14, 2017

Baxter Black, DVM: COLD FEET

Baxter Black, DVM:  COLD FEET

Yer lookin’ at a feller with no tennis shoes, a ’76 GMC pickup, an outhouse and a learning permit for a cell phone.

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Starting a Backgrounding Program Takes Planning

Starting a Backgrounding Program Takes Planning

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Some ranchers hold calves over as yearlings to sell later/bigger, and some people buy light calves in the spring to put on grass and grow to a larger weight. Some put weaned calves into a confinement program–fed a growing ration until they are ready to go to a finishing facility.

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New regulations pose challenges for livestock haulers

New regulations pose challenges for livestock haulers

Meghan Grebner

Brownfield Network

A set of Congressionally mandated trucking rules are set to go into effect next month and the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) says the rules don’t work for the livestock industry. Chelsea Good tells Brownfield says Congress didn’t take into consideration the welfare of animals when mandating the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule.  “Right now you can drive 11 hours in a 14-hour time frame,” she says.  “If you’re just 12 hours from the time you pick up livestock to your destination – it doesn’t make sense to stop, offload that livestock, rest for 10 hours, and then reload that livestock, and then drive for one additional hour.  That adds stress to the animals and there is the risk of injury to animals and humans.”

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Heifer Selection By The Numbers

Heifer Selection By The Numbers

Dr. Ken McMillan


I will assume all the heifers are by one bull and not discuss how multiple sires might factor into your selection decision. I will remind you that 50% of the genetics comes from the bull side, and bull selection is your most significant path to cow herd improvement. The bull has 25 to 30 times the significance of a single cow.

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Installation of Fence Posts & Braces

Installation of Fence Posts & Braces


It’s the phone call no livestock producer ever wants to get, the one that comes just as the family is sitting down for supper or heading out the door for church on a Sunday morning. “Your cows are out,” reports the voice on the line. “Need help getting them back in?” While a myriad of reasons might explain the escape, the most common culprit is fence failure. Whether they went over it, under it or through it, the cows found a weakness in the fence and exploited it. Now, they are someplace they shouldn’t be, potentially putting themselves in harm’s way.

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The Start of the Third Trimester, the Most Underappreciated Day of the Year

The Start of the Third Trimester, the Most Underappreciated Day of the Year

Sandy Johnson


Each of us have special dates we celebrate on an annual basis — birthdays, anniversaries and other special holidays. For the cow herd, notable dates might include the start of calving or breeding season and weaning. An undervalued date in cow-calf production is the start of the third trimester.

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American Simmental Association announces new DNA program

American Simmental Association announces new DNA program

Farm and Dairy

The American Simmental Association (ASA) has launched a new research project in partnership with GeneSeek, Inc., aimed at collecting female genotypes from whole herds. The Cow Herd DNA Roundup (CHR) offers ASA members the opportunity to genotype entire cow herds, with the goal of incorporating larger numbers of genomic data into the ASA genetic evaluation.

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How we got here with RFID, ultra-high-frequency eartags

How we got here with RFID, ultra-high-frequency eartags

Les Nunn

Progressive Cattleman

Moore’s Law implies technological advances double every year. Rapid technological advancements require users to constantly change and adapt to new high-tech processes and gadgets. Neglecting to adopt the latest high-tech device and corresponding software may render an operation less efficient and unable to thrive in the present.

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Are the days of simplicity behind us?

Are the days of simplicity behind us?

Troy Marshall

Beef Magazine

Simplicity is the new buzzword in the cattle industry. It seems that every new program or idea has to be couched under the blanket of simplicity. That’s understandable, given today’s complex environment. However, it is also one of the most misinterpreted terms in the industry.

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What Makes Wagyu Beef Smell So Good? Science Explains

What Makes Wagyu Beef Smell So Good? Science Explains

Greta Jochem


For about $150 per pound, dedicated carnivores and food connoisseurs alike can get their forks on a luxury: Wagyu beef. Its trademark marbled flesh and soft texture have launched the meat into caviar-like status. And because its fat has a melting point lower than the average human body temperature, it melts in your mouth. The vast majority of the beef comes from Japanese Black cattle.

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