Daily Archives: December 4, 2017

Remove Net Wrap and Twine

Remove Net Wrap and Twine

Bruce Anderson

University of Nebraska

Is twine or net wrap good feed? Obviously not, but it can cause health problems if animals eat too much of it. Feeding hay is work. To lighten the work load feeding hay, we often take short cuts and leave some twine or net wrap on the bales. Whether we want them to or not, animals eat some of that twine.

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Vet Mike Apley Says Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture is a Matter of Judicious Use vs. Stewardship

Vet Mike Apley Says Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture is a Matter of Judicious Use vs. Stewardship

Oklahoma Farm Report

In recent years, the threat of bacterial resistance to antibiotic treatments, has prompted concerns not only in the human health sector, but also over the use of antibiotics in livestock production as a contributor to the issue. Hence, the recent enforcement of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) that now governs antibiotic use in production agriculture.

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The right season for transitioning to UTVs

The right season for transitioning to UTVs

Amy Schutte

Progressive Cattleman

The aerial view of Adam and Sarah Wilson’s cow-calf operations in Abingdon and Lebanon, Virginia, reveals lush green pastures, tall trees and 300 cow-calf pairs in each location. Each ranch is expansive and arguably best seen from the seat of a utility vehicle.

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Baleage – not just for dairies

Baleage – not just for dairies

Josh Vrieze

Progressive Forage

The old saying, “If it works the way it is, why change it,” might not be making life any easier for farmers. After all, if you could change the way you put up hay to reduce the number of days in the field, why wouldn’t you?

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Training Cattle to Follow – Part 1

Training Cattle to Follow – Part 1

John Marble

On Pasture

So, hearing a specific sound can have an extremely strong behavioral effect on cattle and dogs (and probably every one else). A specific oral signal can be quite easily used to modify behavior, especially in cattle. Cattle have pretty modest eyesight, but pretty big floppy ears, and they hear pretty darn well.

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Scrapping NAFTA Bad for Agriculture

Scrapping NAFTA Bad for Agriculture

Wyatt Bechtel


Deliberations on the nearly 24 year-old free trade agreement between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. have gotten more contentious and ending the deal could spell trouble for agriculture domestically.

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Avoid Complacency on Repro Diseases

Avoid Complacency on Repro Diseases

Benjamin Newcomer, DVM, PhD, Paul H. Walz, DVM, MS, PhD and Dan Givens, DVM, PhD

Bovine Veterinarian

Education and awareness, possibly augmented with government regulations, can help reduce losses from specific diseases in cattle herds. A few years ago, for example, outbreaks of trichomoniasis attracted attention and seemed to be trending upward. Increased awareness of the disease, its risk factors and control strategies, appears to have reversed that trend.

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5 ways we are getting better at cattle handling

5 ways we are getting better at cattle handling

Mark Hilton

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

We like to pat ourselves on the back (and rightly so) for improvements in nutrition and animal health. But we never give ourselves enough credit for the major improvements in cattle handling. Cue the applause. Think about your beef operation today, and then reflect back 10 to 20 years. What has improved, and what is the same? My guess is that your improved list is long and may include nutrition, genetics and health protocols — to name a few.

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How many cattle in a ground-beef patty?

How many cattle in a ground-beef patty?

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

Do you know how many cattle are represented in a commercially produced ground beef patty? In a recent Food Demand Survey (FOODs) by Oklahoma State University agricultural economists, only 10% of consumers knew the correct answer to that question.

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Marketing…Don’t Forget Your Cull Cows

Marketing…Don’t Forget Your Cull Cows

Adam Hady

Northern AG

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 decisions based on the best market and time frame for the operation, not necessarily the most convenient.

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