Daily Archives: November 23, 2018

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 observations of having a vegan guest for Thanksgiving

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 observations of having a vegan guest for Thanksgiving

FarmTalk

  1. If you really are what you eat, this guy is a glazed nut roast.
  2. Between the leather couch and the wool rugs, the poor guy can’t decide whether to sit or stand.

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Multisire Breeding Programs

Multisire Breeding Programs

Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN

There are advantages to a multisire breeding program. First in my mind is the fact that any bull can “go bad” at any time. This may not be obvious when it happens, and he may still be breeding cows. Additionally, if several cows come into heat at one time, multiple bulls should be more effective at servicing and settling them.

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Recognizing and Managing Differences in Health Risk of Incoming Feeder Cattle

Recognizing and Managing Differences in Health Risk of Incoming Feeder Cattle

Erin Laborie

University of Nebraska

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. Genetics, age, source, vaccination program, length of transportation, and weather conditions are just some of the factors taken into consideration when designating cattle as low or high-risk.

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Rabies in Livestock

Rabies in Livestock

Timothy McDermott

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Many diseases can affect animals on pasture. The most difficult ones to stay aware of are the diseases that are uncommon, where the producer or livestock may never encounter the disease. Many diseases that affect livestock have presentation forms that can mimic multiple other diseases that are more common, leading to a delay in veterinary care or producer awareness. One disease that can affect livestock that fits this description, but should stay firmly in a producer’s awareness is rabies.

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What changes with weaning when you calve in May?

What changes with weaning when you calve in May?

Heather Smith Thomas

Beef Magazine

Traditional cow-calf management has been to calve in spring and wean in fall, which works for ranchers who calve in February or March, or seedstock producers who calve in January to have bull calves old enough as yearlings for an early-spring bull sale.

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Cattle Haulers: Get BQA Transportation Certification by 2020

Cattle Haulers: Get BQA Transportation Certification by 2020

Sara Brown

Drovers

While many producers are completing their Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification to sell fed cattle in 2019, cattle haulers should also take note. Haulers of fed cattle will also need certification in the BQA Transportation program by Jan. 1, 2020. As of Oct. 31, 2018, more than 1,670 certifications have been completed with more than 2,400 enrollments in process.

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Northern States Beef Conference to be held in Watertown in Dec.

Northern States Beef Conference to be held in Watertown in Dec.

The Brookings Register

SDSU Extension along with University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University will host the Northern States Beef Conference Dec. 12-13, 2018, in Watertown at the Watertown Event Center (1901 9th Ave SW). “This year’s program is filled with great speakers sharing practical information with cattle producers that can be put to use on their beef operations,” said Julie Walker, Professor and SDSU Extension beef specialist.

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