Daily Archives: June 4, 2018

Hauling After Breeding is Risky

Hauling After Breeding is Risky

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Some folks who artificially inseminate (AI) their cows or heifers haul them to summer pasture or another location after being bred. It’s important to avoid transport stress during that first week, if possible. Keith Elkington, a breeder near Idaho Falls, Idaho, says he’s learned to pay attention to timing of hauling.

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New Genetic Evaluation Released by the American Simmental Association

New Genetic Evaluation Released by the American Simmental Association

Matt Spangler

University of Nebraska

The American Simmental Association (ASA) recently released a new genetic evaluation that includes multiple changes that seedstock and commercial producers alike should be aware of.

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Weights, Cows & Quality Grades

Weights, Cows & Quality Grades

Steve Suther


Cattle feeders try to get the most value from each pen, drawing on what they know of genetic potential and background, with an eye on the markets. All of that led to steer weights advancing 330 pounds in the 40 years since the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand was born.

The trend is at a lull, but it’s expected to resume at least for a while in this industry where all segments are paid by the pound, says Mark McCully, CAB vice president of production. However, he notes several factors that could finally stabilize size.

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How Are They Shedding?

How Are They Shedding?

Aaron Berger


As we move through spring and into summer, many cattle are shedding off their winter coats and exhibiting a slick or summer hair coat. The earlier cattle in environments that have hot and humid summer conditions shed their winter hair coat, the less heat stress they tend to experience.

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Canada farmers asked to skip the manure at G7

Canada farmers asked to skip the manure at G7

France 24

Canadian farmers in the Quebec region of Charlevoix, where G7 leaders are scheduled to meet next week, have been asked to avoid spreading manure on their fields ahead of the summit. The aim is to make a good impression — in order to boost tourism — on Canada’s G7 guests and not expose the leaders of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States to unpleasant odors.

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The latest blow to struggling family farms: Rising interest rates

The latest blow to struggling family farms: Rising interest rates

Heather Long

Washington Post

Shane Merrill lives in a small town in South Dakota that’s 1,400 miles from Wall Street, but he watches the numbers as avidly as the traders. Merrill isn’t an investment manager. He’s a family farmer. Right now, as he drives a tractor and planter to get soybeans in the ground, he’s also checking financial news on his smartphone. He’s worried, he says, about interest rates shooting up.

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When we are our own worst enemy

When we are our own worst enemy

Terryn Drieling

AG Daily

On more than one occasion, I have been asked, “What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the beef industry?” And on more than one occasion, my answer has been — ourselves. I answer that way because, for a long time, there has been this disconnect among cattlemen and women.

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Vitamin A and E to remain expensive

Vitamin A and E to remain expensive

The Cattle Business Weekly

With green grass now available to cattle grazers, thoughts should turn to what mineral supplements might be needed. Roxanne Knock, staff nutritionist for Dakotaland Feeds in Huron, South Dakota, says their product Ultimate Breeder 8 Mineral contains some products that help with breed back on cows. “Use that at least until they turn the bulls out, then they can go to a standard trace mineral program. That is specifically for rebreeding,” she says.

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Dealing with leafy spurge can be difficult

Dealing with leafy spurge can be difficult

Sarah Sivits

Grand Island Independent

Leafy spurge is an aggressive, noxious weed that is difficult to control. The plant contains toxins that, if consumed by cattle, may cause scours, weakness and sometimes death. Over time, some animals have learned to avoid eating the plant because it doesn’t taste very good. However, it can slip through the cracks and get eaten by livestock, so management is the best strategy.

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Concerns linger over gas well impact on livestock, community in Luzerne Township

Concerns linger over gas well impact on livestock, community in Luzerne Township

Mike Tony

Herald Standard

Brent Broadwater walks through a pasture of red clover and alfalfa on his East Millsboro angus beef farm and wishes his cows could enjoy it. He knows his cattle would go crazy over the vegetation, but the pasture’s four to five acres are off limits to them now.

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