Monthly Archives: November 2017

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Right Tool For The Job

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Right Tool For The Job

Clark owned a small dairy farm in Delaware.  Thinking to add to his larder, he bought a black steer at Dill’s auction down the road to fatten a beef for the family.

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Right Body Score Equals Best Reproduction Rates

Right Body Score Equals Best Reproduction Rates

Victoria Myers

Progressive Farmer

Keeping cows on a 365-day calving schedule takes more than a good bull. It requires good body condition. Standards for scoring body condition go back years and are well-defined. “This is an easy tool to pick up, and there are detailed descriptions available,” says Lisa Kriese-Anderson, Extension beef specialist at Auburn University.

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USDA Cutbacks Include Decommissioning Brucellosis Studies

USDA Cutbacks Include Decommissioning Brucellosis Studies

Traci Eatherton

Tri State LivestockNews

The research is important, especially for producers in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. The National Assembly of State Animal Health Officials (NASAHO), has weighed in on the value of the research, calling USDA’s plan deeply troubling. Findings from prior research efforts have directly affected decisions relating to management of brucellosis, according to NASAHO president and veterinarian, Susan, Keller.

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EPDs: Forget The Numbers

EPDs: Forget The Numbers

Michael Baker

Farming Magazine

It seems logical that the discussion of bull selection would occur closer to breeding season. However, semen catalogs start hitting the mailbox after the first of the year, so I wanted to get a head start on helping you work through all those numbers. What follows is a simple way to make sense of EPDs (expected progeny differences) and how to apply them.

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Marketing… don’t forget your cull cows

Marketing… don’t forget your cull cows

Bill Halfman

University of Wisconsin

Fall is that time of year when cow calf producers are gathering in the calf crops, weaning, vaccinating, and pregnancy checking cows.  It should also be a time when marketing strategies and plans are determined.   This means taking some thoughtful time and looking at the options that are available and making a decisions based on the best market and time frame for the operation, not necessarily the most convenient.

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Comparing 2 Development Systems for March and May-born Heifers

Comparing 2 Development Systems for March and May-born Heifers

Shelby Springman and Rick Funston

University of Nebraska

Producing replacements in a beef herd is a critical and expensive enterprise for producers, making more economical heifer development methods needed. Traditional recommendations suggest heifers weigh 65% of mature weight at breeding to maximize pregnancy rates. Lowering target weight at breeding allows heifers to be developed on a lower rate of gain, reducing feed inputs and costs.

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Measuring Sustainable Beef Production

Measuring Sustainable Beef Production

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

The term “sustainability” means different things to different people, so before we can make sustainability claims, or demonstrate progress toward sustainability goals, we need objective measurements.

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Palate plays a key role in livestock diets

Palate plays a key role in livestock diets

Doug Warnock

Capital Press

When wild and domestic animals forage on rich landscapes that have many and varied plants, they generally have functionally good relationships with their social and biophysical environments, as well as good nutritional results.

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5 Ways to Turn Your Dream of Buying Farmland into Reality

5 Ways to Turn Your Dream of Buying Farmland into Reality

Sophie Mendelson

Modern Farmer

Does the idea of buying your own farm sound like a fairytale? Here, five ways to realize your dream of working in the dirt, no down payment required.

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Questionable hay? Know your numbers before feeding

Questionable hay? Know your numbers before feeding

Heather Smith Thomas

Beef Magazine

“Just because you didn’t have a problem one year doesn’t mean you won’t have a problem the next year,” says Shannon Williams, Lemhi County Extension educator, Salmon, Idaho. “There might be different growing conditions, or even different management.”

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Basics of cow-calf nutrition

Basics of cow-calf nutrition

Dan E, Gar

Beef Magazine

We as human beings have a habit of making things a lot more complicated than they need to be. Cow-calf nutrition is no exception … it’s pretty simple and straight forward. I believe the place to  start is pasture or range management and stocking rates. Years ago, an old timer told me to stock pastures according to the average annual precipitation.

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American Angus Builds Feeder Calf Program

American Angus Builds Feeder Calf Program

Victoria Myers

Progressive Farmer

All the details aren’t in yet, but the American Angus Association (AAA) has taken an unusual step for a breed organization—buying Verified Beef this month. The third-party verification services program helps producers market feeder calves in niche markets, emphasizing things like animal identification and traceability. The reason for the acquisition, according to AAA chief executive officer, Allen Moczygemba, is to create a feeder calf program that will be built on the use of registered Angus bulls.

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Young, hard-working Urlachers: Seeds for seedstock success

Young, hard-working Urlachers: Seeds for seedstock success


Farm & Ranch Guide

In southwestern North Dakota, a group of hardy coming 2-year-old Black Angus bulls – the nice shine on their coats an extra plus – were chomping away on the morning’s ration in the feedlot on a Saturday in late October. Bred cows and heifers were out grazing in the pastures. Bull spring calves were in another area grazing. In these easy rolling hills where native prairie and other grasses flourish, and many varieties of feed and other crops are grown, Gregg and Mary Urlacher operate a Black Angus seedstock business.

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I’m an Oregon rancher. Here’s what you don’t understand about the Bundy standoff.

I’m an Oregon rancher. Here’s what you don’t understand about the Bundy standoff.

Keith Nantz

Washington Post

I grew up in a ranching community in northeast Oregon. Even as a kid, I knew I wanted to be a rancher. After eight years as a firefighter, I’d saved enough to start my own business. I wanted to work on the land, raising delicious, wholesome beef for our growing population.

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Solar-Powered Cattle Feeder Delivers Optimal Nutrition Efficiency

Solar-Powered Cattle Feeder Delivers Optimal Nutrition Efficiency

Laurie Bedord

Successful Farming

Committed to developing high-quality animals, Barney analyzed ways to deliver optimally controlled nutrition. As the president of Service Line, Inc., he also wanted to provide a more efficient, less labor-intense feeding process for his livestock. That quest led him to develop the Hanen Automatic Solar-Powered Programmable Cattle Feeder.

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Cattle ranching on the island of Kauai

Cattle ranching on the island of Kauai

Duane McCartney

Canadian Cattleman

In the rain shadow of one of the wettest spots in the world, at 39 feet of rain per year, is the Kunoa cattle ranch on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. It is one of the many ranches statewide that ship some 70,000 head of cattle each year to Canada and the U.S. mainland. However, there are big changes in the way beef is raised and sold in Hawaii.

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Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association to Hold 33rd Annual Convention and Trade Show

Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association to Hold 33rd Annual Convention and Trade Show

Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association

The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) will celebrate 33 years of serving the state’s cattle producers with its annual convention and trade show in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on January 26-27. Nearly 1,000 attendees will hear from top livestock industry speakers addressing topics like herd health, forage systems, sustainability, and the current state of the beef business.

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Beef Checkoff Shows Consumers How You Are Raising Beef With Care

Beef Checkoff Shows Consumers How You Are Raising Beef With Care

The Beef Board

No one needs to tell you how much care, work and dedication goes into producing the world’s best beef! But you know who does need to hear it – just about everyone else! And when we say everyone, we mean those folks who enjoy beef on the dinner table, at a tailgate party or when they go out for a nice meal to celebrate with family and friends.

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Producers should prepare for winter supplement needs

Producers should prepare for winter supplement needs

Adam Russell

AgriLife Today

Many beef producers may need a Plan B when it comes to winter forages due to dry conditions, said Dr. Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, Overton. Banta said supplemental feeding started earlier than usual for many producers around the state because of dry fall conditions. The Texas state climatologist’s long-term winter forecast called for warmer, drier conditions.

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How to Drive Cattle

How to Drive Cattle


New York Times Magazine

“Move the cattle in a clockwise rotation to different pastures to minimize overgrazing,” says Scotty Hawkeye Harman, the head wrangler at Colorado Cattle Company & Guest Ranch. He drives his livestock at least once a week. Whether you’re moving 400 head or just 50, “it helps to know the cattle,” Harman says.

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