Daily Archives: December 17, 2018

Target Your Feedlot Treatments

Target Your Feedlot Treatments

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

Predicting disease risk in a group of cattle is relatively reliable for experienced backgrounders or cattle feeders. Predicting risk in individual animals however, presents a much greater challenge. But as the industry adopts new chute-side diagnostic tools, precisely targeted, evidence-based treatment decisions could reduce costs, improve animal health and advance antimicrobial stewardship.

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Genomic tools for crossbred cattle in the works

Genomic tools for crossbred cattle in the works

Piper Whelan

Canadian Cattlemen

Breed associations and other partners are already using this technology to increase the accuracy of Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs), which are predictions of an animal’s genetic value in producing progeny. Genomically enhanced EPDs are more reliable for selecting young animals with no offspring, providing a more accurate prediction of their progeny’s traits.

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NDSU feedlot school set for Jan. 23-24

NDSU feedlot school set for Jan. 23-24

Cattle producers, feeders, backgrounders, feed industry personnel and animal health-care suppliers can learn more about feedlot production, nutrition, waste management and marketing during the annual NDSU Feedlot School scheduled for Jan. 23-24, 2019, at NDSU’s Carrington Research Extension Center.

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Alfalfa silage versus hay crop silage in the rumen

Alfalfa silage versus hay crop silage in the rumen

Wyatt Smith

Progressive Forage

Personally, I am a very visual learner. It is easy for me to “grasp” a concept when I can physically “grasp” it. With this in mind, I sought to create a visual aid to help explain the difference between pure alfalfa silage and hay crop (alfalfa-grass mix) silage using a method from Kurt Cotanch.

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Tips to Keeping Your Animals Healthy and Happy During Winter Months

Tips to Keeping Your Animals Healthy and Happy During Winter Months

Katie Ockert

Farms.com

Being prepared during cold, winter weather will help your livestock winter a little easier.

Winter has arrived in full force in Michigan. Cold temperatures can cause some challenges in our barns, but utilizing some easy techniques on your farm will help you manage your herd successfully during the winter months.

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Evaluation of two-stage weaning and trace mineral injection on receiving cattle growth performance and behavior

Evaluation of two-stage weaning and trace mineral injection on receiving cattle growth performance and behavior

Jordan C Rauch Rebecca S Stokes Daniel W Shike

Translational Animal Science

Most beef operations wean by abruptly separating the cow and calf, usually at a much younger age than in a natural or self-weaning situation (Hudson et al., 2010). The results of abrupt weaning are well documented and consistent, as cows and calves spend more time walking and vocalizing and less time resting or eating (Veissier and Le Neindre, 1989).

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Merck to Acquire Parent Company of Allflex, SCR

Merck to Acquire Parent Company of Allflex, SCR

Wyatt Bechtel

Drovers

The owners of Allflex ear tags and SCR dairy monitoring technology is being acquired by Merck. The acquisition of the Antelliq Group, formerly known as the Allflex Group, was made public on Dec. 14 in a joint press release by Merck and Antelliq. Properties of Antelliq will be wholly owned and separately operated subsidiary within the Merck Animal Health Division.

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While calving management perspectives vary, cow reproductive readiness should not

While calving management perspectives vary, cow reproductive readiness should not

Beef Magazine

In the cow-calf business, high variability in inputs combined with differences in production goals and the availability of resources make it challenging for producers to determine management plans that will deliver the most profitability for their enterprise.

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Missouri man pleads guilty in $2.4M cattle fraud scheme case

Missouri man pleads guilty in $2.4M cattle fraud scheme case

The News Tribune

A 57-year-old southwestern Missouri man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a $2.4 million wire fraud scheme and faces up to 20 years in prison. Dwight Moody Cox, of Ozark, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count. He owns Dwight Cox Cattle Co., which bought cattle for clients and grazed the cattle on land Cox owned or rented. When the cattle reached a specified weight, Cox shipped the cattle to the clients.

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Should Plant-Based Proteins Be Called “Meat”?

Should Plant-Based Proteins Be Called “Meat”?

Melissa Kravitz

Truthout

While some newly formulated meat-free products, like the plant-based Beyond Burger or its rival the Impossible Burger (the veggie burger that “bleeds”), may be deceptively meat-like, it’s hard to understand how consumers could actually be duped into thinking non-meat products are legitimately meat.

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