Daily Archives: September 25, 2018

Baxter Black, DVM:  I Should’a Brought a Raincoat

Baxter Black, DVM:  I Should’a Brought a Raincoat

As Noah said when he went out on the deck to check the windshield wipers, “I should’a brought a raincoat.”

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Good opportunities for winter wheat grazing

Good opportunities for winter wheat grazing

Derrell S. Peel


There appears to be considerable interest and excitement about winter wheat grazing this year. The Sept. 11 U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Progress report shows 2 percent of Oklahoma winter wheat planted, equal to the previous five-year average for that date. Planting progress may jump sharply in the coming days.

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Industry Pulls Together to Define Antimicrobial Stewardship, Ensure Essential Drugs Remain Available

Industry Pulls Together to Define Antimicrobial Stewardship, Ensure Essential Drugs Remain Available

Oklahoma Farm Report

In an effort to more closely monitor the use of antimicrobial drugs in production agriculture, especially in feed, the Food & Drug Administration initiated last year the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). According to National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Chief Veterinarian Dr. Kathy Simmons, antimicrobial stewardship has become a major issue in both animal and human medicine.

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Herd Management in the Palm of Your Hand

Herd Management in the Palm of Your Hand

Becky Mills
Progressive Farmer

When Malcomb Pegues drives through the ‌pastures at the Gulf Coast Research and ‌Extension Center, he doesn’t have to rely on ‌his memory to track cows or cleanup bulls. Everything he needs to know is on his smartphone, compliments of the CattleMax software he uses.

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Corn Silage: Quality and Feeding

Corn Silage: Quality and Feeding

University of Wisconsin

Quality of corn silage is determined by energy content and intake potential as well as content of protein and minerals. Methods used to evaluate corn silage quality include chemical methods such as fiber analysis, biological methods such as fermentation with ruminal microbes, and instrumental methods such as near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) which predicts nutrients rather than measuring them directly.

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Develop a marketing plan ahead of time.

Develop a marketing plan ahead of time.

Drew Feller

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

As the fall weather changes and weaning begins on most ranches, it is important to have the best plan for your program ahead of marketing your cattle. Each ranch varies in production methods and products offered on different sale days throughout the year. However, at weaning time, it may already be too late to implement the marketing plan you want.

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Stockpiling Bermudagrass/Bahiagrass for Winter Forage

Stockpiling Bermudagrass/Bahiagrass for Winter Forage

Ray Hicks

University of Georgia

The cost of hay and feed for winter supplementation is one of the largest expenses for cattle producers. Stockpiling bermudagrass or bahiagrass fields for grazing use in the winter can help save on hay cost and labor. You can expect to get 30 to 60 days of grazing from this practice but to do this you need to follow a few management steps.

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Vitamins, Part of Doing the Right Thing

Vitamins, Part of Doing the Right Thing

Jera Pipkin 


Like pieces of a puzzle, vitamins are essential in keeping cattle healthy year-round. Price spikes in the last year, however, have producers taking another look at how to fit savings into concerns about source and efficacy over time.

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New approach to building BRD immunity in young calves

New approach to building BRD immunity in young calves

Kevin Hill

Progressive Cattleman

A healthy calf is better able to handle stressful transition periods, and a healthy calf results in a higher-quality end product consumers desire. Those of us involved in the beef industry want the best for our animals, which makes bovine respiratory disease (BRD or shipping fever), the most common of all bovine health problems, a key concern.

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Beef Checkoff Budget Totals $40.5 Million, CBB Trims $4.8 Million

Beef Checkoff Budget Totals $40.5 Million, CBB Trims $4.8 Million

Wyatt Bechtel


A budget of approximately $40.5 million has been sent to USDA by the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB) for approval in the fiscal year of 2019. The budget is for programs including beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications.

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