Daily Archives: July 24, 2018

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE ROPER’S RULE

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE ROPER’S RULE

As I look back on my career, it never did exist.

I tried to ride the broncs and bulls, I truly did persist

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Cut the Hay Bill Without Sacrificing Body Condition

Cut the Hay Bill Without Sacrificing Body Condition

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

As spring finally moved into parts of the Midwest, ‌cattle producers had seen prices on some hay supplies increase more than 10 times compared to ‌year-ago levels.

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Business management questions to consider

Business management questions to consider

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

Continuously asking questions to evaluate the efficiency and profitability of a farm or ranch business is a necessity in today’s volatile ag market. Many producers have learned from experience they need to be able to talk to lenders about their business finances, not just the production side. Here are seven essential questions farm financial experts say a producer should be able to answer.

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Blackleg: A pasture nemesis

Blackleg: A pasture nemesis

Dr. Ron Clarke

Canadian Cattleman

Blackleg is an acute, febrile, highly fatal disease of cattle, sheep and goats caused by Clostridium chauvoei characterized by swellings with pockets of trapped air that produce crepitation (crackling) over affected areas.

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Donnelly and Braun Address Indiana Farmers

Donnelly and Braun Address Indiana Farmers

Eric Pfeiffer

Hoosier AG Today

The Indiana Corn Growers Association and Indiana Soybean Alliance hosted Democrat Senator Joe Donnelly and Republican Senate Candidate Mike Braun to their Ag Policy Summit on Monday. Donnelly took the stage first and discussed the Farm Bill, the trade war with China, the Renewable Fuels Standard, and immigration to the crowd of farmers and agribusiness leaders.

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If All the EPD Data Confuses- University of Missouri’s Jared Decker Suggests Trying the Dollar Indexes

If All the EPD Data Confuses- University of Missouri’s Jared Decker Suggests Trying the Dollar Indexes

Oklahoma Farm Report

Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri and a leader among the land grant system in cattle production extension, Dr. Jared Decker helps producers get their arms around how to use EPD technologies to improve their genetic selection decision-making process.

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A Blast from the Past, Genetic Decisions, Yellow Fat and Niche Markets

A Blast from the Past, Genetic Decisions, Yellow Fat and Niche Markets

Dr. Roy Burris

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

It was 1974 and I had just started my career as a beef cattle researcher for Mississippi State University. I was part of projects on grazing systems and crossbreeding but was also starting a new project on finishing cattle in south Mississippi. We were in the process of building a research feedlot but I needed to get something going right away.

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Rewriting the Genetic Code of Livestock

Rewriting the Genetic Code of Livestock


For nine nerve-racking months beginning in the summer of 2014, Dan Carlson waited for his lab experiments to be born. Carlson and his team at the biotechnology startup Recombinetics had made a small tweak in the genetic code of dairy cattle in an attempt to prevent the animals from growing horns. Now, that edited DNA was being copied over to the cells in fetuses growing in their surrogate mothers.

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Will Feeder Calves Maintain Their Price Levels Through the Fall?

Will Feeder Calves Maintain Their Price Levels Through the Fall?

Chris Prevatt


Cattle prices have struggled to move higher as beef supplies have been increasing. During the 3rd and 4th Quarter record supplies of animal proteins (beef, pork, and poultry) will continue to be harvested. Cold storage levels for all meat proteins are either at or above 2017 and 5-year averages. These supplies will be a price-limiting factor, despite extremely strong export beef demand. Additionally, losses at the feedlot level are mounting and expected to continue into the fall dampening overall price bids for replacement feeder calves.

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Study looks at cow’s adaptability to drought, heat stress

Study looks at cow’s adaptability to drought, heat stress

Kansas State University

Kansas State University researchers say they are making steady progress on a study that will help define how water intake relates to a cow’s ability to adapt to drought or heat stress. Megan Rolf, an assistant professor of animal breeding and genetics, says the cattle industry has sparse information on how much water individual cattle drink each day. Most research to date has estimated an animal’s water intake based on an average for an entire pen of cattle, she said.

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