Daily Archives: August 14, 2018

Teaching calves to eat: 5 benefits of creep feeding

Teaching calves to eat: 5 benefits of creep feeding

Cody Schneider

Progressive Cattleman

Cow-calf operations today are much like the Wild West of the cattle industry – operating with little direction and few rules. Sure, there are some broad guidelines for things that must be done, but in general, the rules are pretty limited. Each producer manages his or her herd and raises cattle as he or she sees fit.

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Raising a $40,000 Grand Champion Steer takes dedication and family support

Raising a $40,000 Grand Champion Steer takes dedication and family support

Jody Hall
The Fence Post

Responsibility, accountability, dedication are not words taken lightly in the Pfannebecker home. They are words to live by. Jacob Pfannebecker’s Grand Champion steer, Reagan was bought by G & M Implement, Inc. in Greeley Colo, for a record high bid of $40,000 at the 100th Weld County Fair.

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Good Feed Management Helps prevent Weak Calves

Good Feed Management Helps prevent Weak Calves
Ellen Crawford
Cattle Today
Weak calves can result from multiple factors, but weather and inadequate nutrition are at the top of the list of causes. “Bad weather and cows with poor nutrition can lead to stressed calves with less vigor,” says Karl Hoppe, North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock systems specialist at the Carrington Research Extension Center.

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Your Phone and Some Cow Poop Can Tell You How Nutritious Your Forage Is

Your Phone and Some Cow Poop Can Tell You How Nutritious Your Forage Is

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

The “Cow Poop Analyzer” is a free app, that uses comparison photos to tell you what your cattle manure says about the nutritional value of what they’re eating. It lets you take a picture of a manure pile, and then compare your picture to file photos.

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Cattle Handling Tips for High Heat and Humidity

Cattle Handling Tips for High Heat and Humidity

DTN

A heat stress forecast is as important to a cattle producer, as the rain forecast is to a crop producer. Checking a heat index, and adapting handling to the forecast, will help mitigate risk when working cattle during summer months.

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R-CALF USA seeks to halt checkoff funds in 13 more states

R-CALF USA seeks to halt checkoff funds in 13 more states

AG Daily

R-CALF USA has expanded their legal campaign to end the Beef Checkoff program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The national independent rancher group is now asking for a halt to checkoff funds in Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin as well.

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Chopped Corn Silage Offers Better Control for Beef Producers

Chopped Corn Silage Offers Better Control for Beef Producers

Linda Geist

Farms.com

Farmers are looking to drought-stressed corn for silage and balage to stretch limited hay supplies. Chopped corn silage offers beef producers better options than balage, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Gene Schmitz. Silage allows better control of the amount of high-energy feed for wintering cattle, Schmitz says. Balage offers less flexibility and control of portion size.

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How To Properly Store And Handle Cattle Vaccines

How To Properly Store And Handle Cattle Vaccines

Heather Smith Thomas

Beef Magazine

The biggest reasons for disease breaks in livestock often have little to do with the vaccine itself, but more to do with how that vaccine is handled and administered, says Dale Moore, director of Veterinary Medical Extension at Washington State University.

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Ag Commissioner temporarily reopens cattle tick spray ranchers, relieving ranchers

Ag Commissioner temporarily reopens cattle tick spray ranchers, relieving ranchers

Lynn Brezosky

My San Antonio

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has agreed to temporarily allow cattle fever tick spray boxes after his decision to halt their use drew outcry from the state’s leading cattle industry group and the Texas Farm Bureau.

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Shift to Grass-fed Requires Larger Cattle Herd. Cowboys: Duh!

Shift to Grass-fed Requires Larger Cattle Herd. Cowboys: Duh!

Greg Henderson

Drovers

A new study – and there seems to be one every week – attacks the beef industry for its environmental footprint. Most of those studies are laden with alternative facts, myths and falsehoods, and the latest one is notable in that it has more holes than a no trespassing sign on a dead end road.

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