Daily Archives: October 22, 2018

Dangers of Harvesting and Grazing Certain Forages Following a Frost

Dangers of Harvesting and Grazing Certain Forages Following a Frost

Mark Sulc

Ohio State University

As cold weather approaches, livestock owners who feed forages need to keep in mind certain dangers of feeding forages after frost events. Several forage species can be extremely toxic soon after a frost because they contain compounds called cyanogenic glucosides that are converted quickly to prussic acid (i.e. hydrogen cyanide) in freeze-damaged plant tissues. Some legumes species have an increased risk of causing bloat when grazed after a frost. In this article I discuss each of these risks and precautions we can take to avoid them.

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Shopping for a New Herd Sire? Here’s Your Guide

Shopping for a New Herd Sire? Here’s Your Guide

University of Georgia

While operational decisions are undoubtedly important, there is one purchase that is a tangible investment in the future of your program. If you choose natural service as your primary breeding system and maintain a closed herd, the only source of new genetics you bring into your program will be from the bulls you select.

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Whole Raw Soybeans as a Cost Competitive Protein Supplement for Cows and Calves

Whole Raw Soybeans as a Cost Competitive Protein Supplement for Cows and Calves

Aaron Berger

University of Nebraska

Current market conditions for raw, whole soybeans are making them price competitive in parts of Nebraska with other protein sources such as distillers grains and alfalfa hay to be used as a protein supplement for cows as well as weaned calves.

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New Imported Problem for Producers

New Imported Problem for Producers

Everett Griner

Southeast Ag. Net

It is called the Longhorned Tick. It came here, to this country, like most other insects and diseases. It was brought here from East Asia. That is where it was found first.

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Coccidiosis can send you to school

Coccidiosis can send you to school

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

Coccidiosis is defined as an infection of an animal but with negligible clinical signs such as at least a minimum performance decrease. We need to remember that such conditions are much more prevalent than sure clinical disease.

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Mystery Malady

Mystery Malady

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

A single picture can’t always tell the whole story, but photos often can aid in identifying unusual, or perhaps not so unusual, lesions, injuries or other signs of morbidity in cattle. This picture, from former Drovers associate editor Laura Mushrush, shows the side of a mature cow, raised on pasture in central Kansas.

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OLDEST CITY: Cattle was important in early Florida

OLDEST CITY: Cattle was important in early Florida

Susan Parker

The Saint Augustine News

In the 1600s and 1700s, Floridians of almost levels of society engaged in cattle-raising. The Diego Plains (Palm Valley area) became grazing grounds for the Espinosa-Sanchez family. Far west of the St. Johns River on the Alachua Savanna, the Seminoles became major cattle raisers. Small white herders surrounded St. Augustine. Free blacks also became owners of small herds.

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Fall calving challenges discussed at DC Cattlemen’s meeting

Fall calving challenges discussed at DC Cattlemen’s meeting

Pam Naylor

Buffalo Reflex

Cooler temperatures combined with rainy weather often bring on scours  during the fall calving season. This problem was addressed at the recent meeting of the Dallas County Cattlemen’s Association.

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American beef capitalizes on global drought

American beef capitalizes on global drought

Barbara Duckworth

The Western Producer

Global beef exports are strong, but drought throughout many cattle producing countries is taking a toll. The U.S. influence on the global beef trade is strong because of favourable prices and a growing supply, said the beef quarterly report from Rabobank Research.

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Cattle producers look at efficiency to fine-tune the cowherd

Cattle producers look at efficiency to fine-tune the cowherd

Teresa Clark
The Fence Post

The U.S. cattle industry is producing 14 percent more beef today, with 1.8 million fewer cows. Despite that, commercial cowherd fertility has made no progress in recent years, with the exception of calving difficulty, according to a professor with the Department of Food and Animal Sciences at Oklahoma State University.

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