Daily Archives: July 17, 2018

Baxter Black, DVM: CIVILIZED

Baxter Black, DVM:  CIVILIZED

When you hear the word uncivilized, what mental picture do you form? A grizzled trapper? Atilla the Hun burning and pillaging eastern Europe? American Indians before the Puritans and the Spaniards?

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“I live in farm country. I know how things are done.”

“I live in farm country. I know how things are done.”

Gary Truitt

Hoosier Ag Today

“I live in farm country. I know how things are done” is an actual quote from a real person who was sharing anti-livestock propaganda on social media. This individual is not and has never been involved in agriculture. Yet, because they live in a rural community, they think they are an expert on farming.

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How to Write a Custom Grazing Contract

How to Write a Custom Grazing Contract

Meg Grzeskiewicz

On Pasture

Strong, written contracts can prevent some of the Boneheaded Business Blunders I made in my early years of ranching. My previous two articles have covered every brutally specific detail that I should have included in my former land lease contracts.

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As Selection Tools Become More Sophisticated, Ranchers are Growing More Confident in Decisions

As Selection Tools Become More Sophisticated, Ranchers are Growing More Confident in Decisions

Oklahoma Farm Report

There are so many genetic tools available these days to help producers select just the right bull for every operation. So many tools, it can at times get confusing when trying to get your arms around which tool to use to collect the information you are most interested in.

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Colostrum Thief May Hurt Next in Line

Colostrum Thief May Hurt Next in Line

Dr. Ken McMillan

The best assumption is that the actual calf of that cow would be at high risk for failure of passive transfer (FPT). This lack of passive immunity increases the risk of neonatal calf diseases, especially of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, and has been shown to have negative effects all the way to the feedlot.

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Keeping Bulls Fertile During Summer’s Heat

Keeping Bulls Fertile During Summer’s Heat


hen we think about reproduction in the herd, our first thoughts immediately shift to the cows. Are they at the proper body condition to breed? When do we need to synchronize and breed them to hit our target calving window? However, the bulls contribute their genetics to each calf, and work harder than the cows at breeding time usually covering 20-30 cows per breeding season.

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Tri-State Beef Conference to be held

Tri-State Beef Conference to be held

Dr. Andy Overbay

Southwest Virginia Today

The 11th annual Tri-State Beef Cattle Conference will be held at the Ron Ramsey Regional Ag Center in Blountville, Tenn., on Aug. 9. This year’s conference will address topics of interest to both stocker and cow-calf producers. The conference will be a one-day event and will include educational sessions covering such topics as beef cattle outlook, stocker versus feedlot health, management intensive grazing, breeding soundness exam, agricultural policy impacting the beef industry and aerial chemical application.

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Adding Value by Reconditioning Cull Cows

Adding Value by Reconditioning Cull Cows

Matt Hersom


Culling cows from the herd is a normal part of annual ranch management. How and when cull cows are marketed represents your last opportunity to generate revenue from each cow. There is an opportunity to add value to cull cows to generate some additional revenue for a cattle enterprise. Just as there are options to be compared before marketing weaned calves, producers should weigh their options before marketing cull cows.

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Potential ‘turf war’ over who regulates lab-produced meat

Potential ‘turf war’ over who regulates lab-produced meat

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Network

A recent Food and Drug Administration hearing on lab-produced meat may have been the first volley in a potential “turf war” over regulation of the new technology. Danielle Beck of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, who attended the meeting, says FDA officials made their position clear—they believe they should have regulatory authority over lab-produced meat products. But Beck says NCBA believes that jurisdiction lies with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

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Farmer in drought turns to watermelon to feed hungry cattle

Farmer in drought turns to watermelon to feed hungry cattle

Anna Henderson

Michael Sweeney has already de-stocked on his drought-affected property in the Victorian high country and he has taken up an offer of free melons to feed about 100 head of beef cattle that remain on his land.

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