Daily Archives: April 13, 2018

BeefTalk: Grass Calving

BeefTalk: Grass Calving

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Reflection is a good thing. Reflection helps put our decisions in perspective relative to our lives, our work, our community and our world. This spring’s weather has caused many to reflect on when to calve. The many forays of winter into spring this year have moved the sincerity of the question into real time. Granted, no singular event has whopped the cattle industry this spring; the day in and day out weather has taken a toll.

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Round bale abuse

Round bale abuse

Mike Rankin

Hay and Forage Magazine

It’s no secret that animal rights activists have caused more than their fair share of consternation for livestock producers over the years. Despite some underhanded methods and often exaggerated claims, there’s no doubt that they have brought animal welfare to the table as a main talking point and farmstead operational focus.

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Keep a vet’s perspective in building a herd health plan

Keep a vet’s perspective in building a herd health plan

David Cooper

Progressive Cattleman

Cattle producers preparing to add more livestock to the cow-calf herd should be willing to include one interested party before heading to the sale. Dr. Arn Anderson, with Cross Timbers Veterinary Hospital in Bowie, Texas, said consulting with a vet is key to making sure your herd starts healthy and stays as healthy as possible. That consultation should start before you buy new cattle.

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Preventing reproductive wrecks in cow-calf operations

Preventing reproductive wrecks in cow-calf operations

Ron Clarke

Canadian Cattleman

The Beef Cattle Research Council’s (BCRC) recent webinar on Preventing Reproductive Wrecks served as an important reminder that the reproductive capacity of beef herds remains paramount to economic prosperity in cow-calf herds. In the words of Dr. Dan Posey, Texas A and M University, “Reproductive efficiency expressed in economic terms is 10 times more important than weaning weight, and 20 times more important economically than carcass attributes.”

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Optimizing Efficiency with Estrous Synchronization and Sexed Semen

Optimizing Efficiency with Estrous Synchronization and Sexed Semen

Dr. Les Anderson

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

The easiest road to maximum breeding efficiency in the beef cow-calf industry is through estrous synchronization and AI (ESAI). Estrous synchronization helps shorten the calving season, increases herd pregnancy rates, and helps increase calf uniformity and weight (calves are typically older).

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Hoof-care diagnostic tool is cool

Hoof-care diagnostic tool is cool

Alan Newport

Beef Magazine

Beef veterinarians can borrow knowledge from their “brethren” in the dairy world about hoof care with a nifty flip-chart diagnostic guide and other tools in Zinpro’s Step Up program.

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Several Factors May Contribute to Beef Cattle Pregnancy Losses

Several Factors May Contribute to Beef Cattle Pregnancy Losses

Ellen Crawford


With calving season well underway around the country, cattle producers are hoping to minimize calf deaths as much as possible. The three categories of pregnancy losses in beef cattle are early embryonic death, abortion and stillbirth, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock specialists.

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Whatever Happened to Mad Cow Disease?

Whatever Happened to Mad Cow Disease?

Sarah Watts

The Daily Beast

Two days before Christmas 2003, the United States Department of Agriculture announced some terrifying news: The nation’s first case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) had been confirmed in a cow in Washington State.

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Spring calving full of challenges for Minnesota cattlemen and women

Spring calving full of challenges for Minnesota cattlemen and women

Mark Dorenkamp

The president of the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association says spring calving has been full of challenges for many cow/calf producers. Krist Wollum of Porter tells Brownfield it’s been a continual struggle from the end of March through the beginning of April.

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Cattle industry keeps pressure on ‘fake meat’ labeling

Cattle industry keeps pressure on ‘fake meat’ labeling

Krissa Welshans


Cattle industry groups continue to aggressively pursue efforts to protect consumers and beef in the marketplace against what they call the “fake meat” movement. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn. (NCBA) and the U.S. Cattlemen’s Assn. (USCA) both provided updates this week on their activity surrounding the issue.

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