Daily Archives: June 12, 2018

Baxter Black, DVM:  Big Book of Buzzwords

Baxter Black, DVM:  Big Book of Buzzwords

chemicals!  hormones!  antibiotics! – Words that used to have meaning. Words that have become tainted. Words the ANTI’s live by. Words that are now included in THE BIG BOOK OF BUZZWORDS

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Having more cattle on feed gives packers upper hand on pricing

Having more cattle on feed gives packers upper hand on pricing

Scott Brown

Missouri Ruralist

Through Memorial Day weekend, choice wholesale beef values are up 2.6% for 2018 compared to last year, while fed steer prices have declined by 3.1%. The differences are even more pronounced in recent weeks, with fed steer prices down by 13.5% compared to a year ago for the first four weeks of May — a time frame in which Choice beef prices have only declined by 5.5%. How do we explain these wider wholesale-farm beef spreads?

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Repeat Customers Revolve Around Good Genetics, Reputation and Quality Nutrition

Repeat Customers Revolve Around Good Genetics, Reputation and Quality Nutrition

Biozyme

“In the cattle business, the most important thing – probably the only thing you have is your reputation,” Simmons said on a recent episode of “The American Rancher” on RFD-TV. “Our customers are mostly repeat customers, whether it be replacement heifer customers or feedlots that buy from us, and we have a really good relationship with all those people. They are part of the family.”

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Is synthetic beef a threat to the cattle industry?

Is synthetic beef a threat to the cattle industry?

Charlie Gracey

Canadian Cattleman

Recent news that technology has been developed to produce artificial or “ersatz” meat has caused a ripple of concern in the livestock industry. NOT TO WORRY! A couple of generations ago there were confident predictions of manufactured fluid milk and it hasn’t happened.

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Farmer claims vet didn’t properly care for cattle

Farmer claims vet didn’t properly care for cattle

Madison Iszler

Times Union

A judge issued a protective order Thursday barring an Essex County farmer from emailing a veterinarian he filed a complaint against, the veterinarian’s lawyer and other members of the lawyer’s firm.

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Improve your knowledge about silage

Improve your knowledge about silage

Wallaces Farmer

The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University is partnering with the University of Nebraska and Lallemand Animal Nutrition to offer a one-day conference “Silage for Beef Cattle” on June 14. It will be held in Mead, Neb. If you can’t make it to Mead, you can watch it as a livestream.

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How to Increase the Proportion of Early Calving Heifers and Cows

How to Increase the Proportion of Early Calving Heifers and Cows

Rick Funston, George Perry And Michael Smith

Drovers

Artificial insemination (AI) is the most powerful tool cow-calf producers have to improve beef cattle genetics. Still, they have been slow to adopt this technology due to the time and labor of heat checking and a market structure that until recently did not reward genetic improvement. However, markets are now rewarding improved genetics (e.g. premiums) and improved fixed time AI (FTAI) protocols make it easier for the cow-calf producer to use AI.

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Strength of US Beef Exports Stands Out Among Overall Impressive Worldwide Beef Trade this Year

Strength of US Beef Exports Stands Out Among Overall Impressive Worldwide Beef Trade this Year

Jim Robb

Oklahoma Farm Report

“Worldwide, beef trade this year has been impressive. For April, the U.S. and Australia lead the way regarding gains in tonnage of beef sold compared to a year ago. In terms of value, the U.S. remained the top exporter of beef and variety meats and posted a 20% dollar-value increase compared to a year earlier. Foreign markets for beef industry products continue to grow, especially in Asia.

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More help needed to keep large animal vets in rural areas

More help needed to keep large animal vets in rural areas

Sara Wyant

Ag Week

What would you do without your local veterinarian? More and more farmers and ranchers are finding out as many current professionals who handle large animals are retiring and new replacements are harder to find.

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Pulling the plug on noxious brush and weeds

Pulling the plug on noxious brush and weeds

James Jackson

Progressive Forage

When I do a Google search of the word noxious, three words typically come up: harmful, poisonous or very unpleasant. If we apply this to weeds forage producers fight, we often have some that are harmful, some that are poisonous and many that are just very unpleasant.

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