Daily Archives: September 10, 2018

From 60% Bare Ground to Less Than 10% – Grazing Management Made the Difference

From 60% Bare Ground to Less Than 10% – Grazing Management Made the Difference

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

After doing things the same old way for years, Pat said he was never happy with how the grass looked.  Now they move their cattle very day, trying to keep the ground covered or with litter. He says his land and his cattle are both healthier.

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Making pregnancy checking work for you

Making pregnancy checking work for you

Christopher Clark

Progressive Cattleman

As the end of summer approaches, most beef cattle producers are very busy. They are recovering from county fairs and state fairs, sending kids back to school, making third-cutting hay, watching the weather and crop development, beginning to think about chopping silage, and the list could go on.

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Face Flies Impacting Pastured Cattle

Face Flies Impacting Pastured Cattle

Patrick Wagner, Adele Harty, Adam Varenhorst, Amanda Bachmann, and Philip Rozeboom


In South Dakota, the number of pinkeye cases in cattle herds has been relatively high this year. Pinkeye is a disease that occurs when the bacterial agent Moraxella bovis adheres to the surface of an animal’s eye. M. bovis gains entry when the eye becomes irritated by a variety of different sources, such as dust, tall grass, fomites, and flies. Face flies (Musca autumnalis) are one of the key contributors of pinkeye transmission in cattle.

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Breeding Soundness Exams are Not  Just for Bulls

Breeding Soundness Exams are Not  Just for Bulls

Carla L. Huston, DVM, PhD ACVPM

Cattle Today

On average, 15-20 percent of the beef herd is replaced each year. Chances are, if you are raising your own females, you already have your eye on the next set of replacements. There are many tools available to help you choose which heifers to retain; for example, keeping heifers that were born early in the season and who have good milking mamas makes sense. But while many reproductive characteristics are highly heritable, we can’t always judge a heifer’s potential lifetime productivity based strictly on her dam.

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New York Farm Boosts Omega-3 in Meat

New York Farm Boosts Omega-3 in Meat

Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Lancaster Farming

Having a marketing niche can help a farm stand out with consumers. For Happy Hooves Organic Farm, that niche is meat with elevated levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Owner Della Jastrzab founded the 135-acre operation in 2007. All of her animals are pastured, but the beef cattle are 100 percent grass-fed and finished.

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Agricultural economists recommend SPA for cattle producers.

Agricultural economists recommend SPA for cattle producers.

Paul Schattenburg

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

The Standardized Performance Analysis, or SPA, program is an indispensable tool for helping beef cattle producers determine the production and financial performance of their individual cow-calf enterprise, said the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists now in charge of the program.

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Animal Disease Still a Serious Threat to Markets, But Much Progress Has Been Made to Limit Impact

Animal Disease Still a Serious Threat to Markets, But Much Progress Has Been Made to Limit Impact

Oklahoma Farm Report

According to Glynn Tonsor of Kansas State University, the world has come a long way in how it views BSE since the first time it caused a major market event in 2003, which you might know as “The Cow That Stole Christmas.” That case caused widespread panic in the market and cost the US beef industry its access to Asian markets.

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When it comes to cattle traceability, time is money — & animal welfare

When it comes to cattle traceability, time is money — & animal welfare

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

Despite increased use of electronic identification and record keeping, tracing cattle infected by disease, or suspected to be infected, can take lots of time and boot leather.  “We have to trace back far enough, which may include multiple movements and touch multiple herds, which then also need to be traced,” explains Jack Shere, DVM, U.S. chief veterinary officer. “When electronic ID and electronic record keeping are available, tracing back one level can take place in minutes to hours.

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Moisture the Critical Component to Good Silage

Moisture the Critical Component to Good Silage

Tracey Erickson


One of the most important steps to make good silage is to cut it at the proper moisture level. The optimum moisture range for cutting corn and making silage is between 60-70% moisture (30-40% dry matter). Given the genetics of today’s corn varieties, utilization of the old relationship between the milk line and plant moisture content may not always be accurate.

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Feed Efficiency…How We Got It All Wrong

Feed Efficiency…How We Got It All Wrong

Kit Pharo

Defining  and  measuring  feed  efficiency  is  some-thing I have always struggled with.   It’s definitely not as easy as science wants it to be.   Science wants to break everything  down  into  understandable  bits  and  pieces.   Unfortunately, that won’t work in the real world.   The real world is made up of wholes with thousands of interactive pieces.

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