Monthly Archives: October 2018

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Half Polled Rooty Toot

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Half Polled Rooty Toot

Yer not gonna keep’er, still, are ya Dad?

She must be twelve years old.



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Managing different health risks of incoming feeders

Managing different health risks of incoming feeders

Erin Laborie

Progressive Cattleman

Immune and nutritional status, as well as management of newly received cattle, influence their adaptability to the feedlot environment. Based on the information available relative to the history of a group of cattle, it is appropriate to classify the group within a certain health risk level and manage them accordingly.

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Judge Sisters Split Judging Responsibilities

Judge Sisters Split Judging Responsibilities

American Royal

The sisters started from humble beginnings showing cattle in San Luis Obispo, California. After both sisters judged collegiately at junior colleges, they each ended up at Oklahoma State University for senior college. Both sisters were part of national champion teams, Ashley in 2014 and Jessie in 2017. In addition, the Judge sisters were both named High Individual at the North American International Livestock Exposition during their respective years, which no siblings have previously accomplished.

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How to Estimate & Allocate Your Forage with a Grazing Stick

How to Estimate & Allocate Your Forage with a Grazing Stick


Estimating pasture forage yield and allocation can be challenging for beginner graziers. Luckily, tools like the grazing stick exist to assist producers in overcoming these first-timer difficulties and advancing their pasture management knowledge. Commonly given out at grazing workshops and pasture field days, grazing sticks are an educational and supportive tool useful for making immediate pasture management decisions.

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Considerations offered for winter feeding of distillers grain to cattle

Considerations offered for winter feeding of distillers grain to cattle


With winter just around the corner, Hubbard Feeds beef nutritionist Dr. Cadra Van Bibber-Krueger said it is once again time to start thinking about protein and energy supplementation for cattle.

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Toe abscesses need more attention

Toe abscesses need more attention

Beef Magazine

Lameness probably continues to be an undertreated ailment in cattle. When Dr. Shane Terrell began researching lameness for a PhD project he was hoping to establish some data and maybe some protocols to improve timing and diagnoses of lameness problems. Historically, feeders tend to pull lame cattle only when they fall behind the rest of the pen, says Dr. Terrell. The problem with that methodology is when you wait so long those primary injuries become secondary injuries such as septic joints.

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2018-19 National FFA Officer Team Elected at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo

2018-19 National FFA Officer Team Elected at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo

Julie Woodard

Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, six students are elected by delegates to represent the organization as national officers. Delegates elect a president, secretary, and vice presidents representing the central, southern, eastern, and western regions of the country.

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What are enteric methane emissions?

What are enteric methane emissions?

Ryan Reuter, Matt Beck, and Logan Thompson

Oklahoma State University

Beef cattle are ruminants, which means they have a specialized digestive tract with a four-compartment stomach. The largest of these compartments is the rumen. The rumen houses trillions of microbes (bacteria, protozoa, and fungi) that break down and digest the fiber and other carbohydrates that ruminants eat.

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Three Tips for Winter Feeding Beef Cattle

Three Tips for Winter Feeding Beef Cattle

Wyatt Bechtel


There are many different options to consider in a winter feeding program. Cost of purchased grains or hay, nutritional value of feedstuffs, the equipment needed to feed, stockpiled forages, the types of cattle being fed. All of these considerations will weigh on determining what direction to go with feeding cattle in the winter.

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Fall frost, Johnsongrass concerns for beef cattle

Fall frost, Johnsongrass concerns for beef cattle

David Davis

Winchester Sun

Beef cattle producers should be aware of the potential issues with Johnsongrass following a frost, and keep them in mind when managing the herd. Cyanide poisoning is a concern with Johnsongrass following a frost because the species contains cyanogenic compounds that produce free cyanide gas when the plant cells rupture after a frost event.

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BeefTalk: Say ‘I Can,’ Not ‘I Can’t’

BeefTalk: Say ‘I Can,’ Not ‘I Can’t’

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension

“I can.” Those two words reflect a forward-thinking attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit needed to help agricultural producers cash in on opportunities. Too often I hear, “I can’t.” Producers have many reasons for negativity. Some are imposed by others, risk tolerance, cash flow, regulations, neighbors or previous generational management. The list goes on and on. The end result can be an industry comfortable with average, which limits those desiring to get in the business.

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Is cottonseed going to make my bulls infertile???

Is cottonseed going to make my bulls infertile???

Lawton Stewart

University of Georgia

What is it about whole cottonseed that causes concern?  The answer is gossypol.  Gossypol is a yellow pigment produced in the roots, leaves, stems, and seeds of the cotton plant, with the greatest concentration occurring in the seeds.  This compound acts as a natural defense, aiding in resistance to pests.

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How they grazed and why it matters

How they grazed and why it matters

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

An army corporal named Eugene Bandel went with a survey party to demarcate the southern boundary of Kansas in summer 1857. He wrote in his notes that his party never camped a single night without water throughout the trip, and never went without grazing for the horses and mules except one two-day period when they crossed a swath where a bison herd had passed.

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Buying Feed? Here’s How You Can Compare Them To Choose the Best Value

Buying Feed? Here’s How You Can Compare Them To Choose the Best Value

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Knowing that the cost to feed a cow can be the largest percentage of your annual production costs, you’ll naturally look for the best feed you can find for the lowest price. The problem is that different feeds have different dry matter, crude protein and total digestible nutrients (TDN). So when comparing several options, knowing the price per ton of TDN or Crude Protein will help you compare apples to apples.

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Feeding a taste of maximized herd potential

Feeding a taste of maximized herd potential

Laura Handke

Progressive Cattleman

echnology and equipment from companies such as GrowSafe Systems and SmartFeed are changing animal selection and herd management for seedstock and commercial producers alike.

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Lower heifer costs, not fertility

Lower heifer costs, not fertility

Katrina Huffstutler

Western Livestock Journal

It’s a great time to own cows, but only if you have a competitive cost structure with the right genetics and management to compete in today’s marketplace, Rick Funston said.

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Preg Check Your Cows . . . Please!

Preg Check Your Cows . . . Please!

Dr. Les Anderson

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

It’s weaning time and I hope most of you are planning your herd “preg check”. If you have not incorporated this management practice in the past, please do so this year so that you won’t be feed non-productive females this fall and winter. When it comes time to cull cows from your herd, pregnancy status is one of the first criteria that will determine whether a cow stays in the country or goes to town.

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How vaccine choice could be affecting reproductive success

How vaccine choice could be affecting reproductive success

Beef Magazine

Reproductive efficiency is one of the most important factors affecting the profitability of a cow/calf herd. And there is good research to back up that belief.

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Lone cattlewoman was successful, respected

Lone cattlewoman was successful, respected

Laura Urseny

Enterprise Record

She was raised in Chester and Chico, the granddaughter of a pioneer ranching family, but it seems that few in this area know the story of cattle rancher Dorothy Stover Hall. After hearing the story of Hall, it didn’t take much for Trudy Duisenberg of Chico to know she wanted to capture the story of the woman born in 1910, who singularly bought a 130-acre cattle ranch at age 26, and raised twin girls on the range by herself.

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Higher premiums may be the future for blockchain adopters

Higher premiums may be the future for blockchain adopters

Progressive Cattleman

Imagine being able to scan a barcode on a package of steaks at the grocery store and access indisputable data for the entire life cycle of the animal – from conception to change in ownership, vaccines and processing. Would it change what you choose to purchase?

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