Daily Archives: May 28, 2018

More Bull Doesn’t Always Mean More Calf Value

More Bull Doesn’t Always Mean More Calf Value

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Robert Field remembers when commercial cattlemen buying his Brangus bulls were all in the “more” mindset. More cow, more milk, more pounds of weaned calf.  “They’d all say, ‘I sell by the pound’. And, they’d want something that would mash that scale down harder,” recalls the Shuqualak, Mississippi, breeder.

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Antibiotics in Meat Could Be Damaging Our Guts

Antibiotics in Meat Could Be Damaging Our Guts

William D. Cohan

New York Times

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

In 2015, Sandy Lewis, a small-time organic cattle farmer in upstate New York, bought 13 bulls, for around $5,000 each, from a breeder in Oklahoma. A few weeks after the animals were trucked to his farm near the Vermont border, Mr. Lewis discovered that two of the bulls had died. He could see holes in their abdomens from where they had gored one other.

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64th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 6-8 in College Station

64th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 6-8 in College Station

Dr. Jason Cleere

Agrilife Today

he 64th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 6-8 at Texas A&M University in College Station will highlight a cattle market outlook as well as issues affecting beef producers. The short course is the largest beef cattle educational event in the country and attracts more than 1,600 beef cattle producers from Texas and abroad, according to organizers. The short course is hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the department of animal science at Texas A&M.

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Mineral supplement can have a big return on investment

Mineral supplement can have a big return on investment

Alan Newport

Beef Magazine

If you can help your clients understand mineral problems and correct them, you should unlock significant improvements in performance, reproduction and potential profit, says Dr. Jeffery Hall, head of the toxicology lab for the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

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US researcher tracks alternative preventatives for cattle liver disease

US researcher tracks alternative preventatives for cattle liver disease

Aerin Einstein-Curtis

Feed Navigator

Methods based on dietary adjustments, essential oils and vaccination may provide possible alternatives to the continued use of antibiotics to address liver abscesses in feedlot cattle, says expert.

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Treating a hidden livestock and poultry profit robber in new ways

Treating a hidden livestock and poultry profit robber in new ways

Feedstuffs

You’ve got a heifer calf, feeder pig or broiler that, no matter how much it eats, is just not putting on weight like it should. The animal is not showing a single outward symptom of illness, leaving you at a loss in diagnosing the issue and treating its source.

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When it comes to bovine respiratory disease treatments, it’s usually either do it right or do it twice.

When it comes to bovine respiratory disease treatments, it’s usually either do it right or do it twice.

Douglas Hilbig

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Pull. Re-treat. Pull. Re-treat. Does this sound like an all-too-familiar process treating bovine respiratory disease (BRD)? While it’s impossible to completely eliminate pulls and repeat BRD treatments, with good management, a strong veterinary relationship and a more effective antibiotic to treat BRD when needed, you can help reduce some re-treats and the expenses that come with them.

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