Daily Archives: December 18, 2018

Baxter Black, DVM: REINDEER FLU

Baxter Black, DVM:  REINDEER FLU

You remember that Christmas a few years ago,

When you waited all night for ol’ Santy to show

Well, I heard the reason and it just might be true,

the whole bunch came down with the dang reindeer flu!

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Reducing stocker health risk

Reducing stocker health risk

Beef Magazine

“A mismanaged calf today responds the same way that a mismanaged calf responded 20 years ago,” says Dan Thomson, DVM and Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology at Kansas State University (KSU).

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Cattle farmers talk successes, challenges

Cattle farmers talk successes, challenges

The Fergus Falls Daily Journal

Minnesota often is associated with lakes, trees, corn and soybeans. But cattle are important to the state, too, Minnesota cattle industry officials say. “We’re a big state, and we have cattle across the state. We have a huge amount of cow-calf operations in the northern part of the state, and in southern Minnesota, too. And we have a lot of cattle in Minnesota on feed, as well,” in part a reflection of the state’s strong grain production, said Krist Wollum, a Porter, rancher and president of the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association.

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Are your livestock covered in your estate plan?

Are your livestock covered in your estate plan?

Amanda Radke

Beef Magazine

When we think about estate planning for ranching families, we often think of the obvious assets such as the house and the land. Most of our discussions pertain to how these assets will be divvied up amongst siblings. And for many families, there’s typically language included in the plan that gives the on-farm child first dibs to purchasing farm assets should the other siblings choose to sell.

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When working cattle in the cold, make sure facilities are ready to go

When working cattle in the cold, make sure facilities are ready to go

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin

Inclement weather creates more challenge when processing cattle — whether preg-checking, vaccinating, weaning, or giving cows precalving vaccinations or delousing treatments in mid-winter. Veterinarian Eric Laporte, of Nagel and Co. Veterinary Services, Cow-Calf Health Management Solutions, Crossfield, Alta., Canada, reminds producers that if snow on the top rail of your running chute falls onto the cattle as they go through, it may interfere with the efficacy of delousing or deworming with a pour-on product. Knock the snow off facilities before you start to put cattle through.

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Minnesota cattle industry: Sometimes overlooked

Minnesota cattle industry: Sometimes overlooked

Jonathan Knutson

Agweek

Minnesota often is associated with lakes and trees, corn and soybeans. At this time of year, it’s frequently linked to the NFL Vikings. But cattle are important to the state, too, Minnesota cattle industry officials say.

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Zinc is a powerful trace mineral for cattle

Zinc is a powerful trace mineral for cattle

Peter Vitti

Grainews

Recently, I was talking to a feed mill operator I occasionally do some beef nutritional work, and he told me many customers are requesting the best level of zinc added into their cattle mineral.

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Cutting-edge lab techniques could improve animal breeding, but society may not be ready

Cutting-edge lab techniques could improve animal breeding, but society may not be ready

Carolyn Y. Johnson

Washington Post

Three cows clomped, single-file, through a chute to line up for sonograms — ultrasound “preg checks” — to reveal if they were expecting calves next summer. “Right now. This is exciting, right this minute,” animal geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam said as she waited for a tiny blob of a fetus to materialize on a laptop screen on a recent afternoon at the Beef Barn, part of the University of California at Davis’s sprawling agricultural facilities for teaching and research.

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Conference to highlight alternative winter feeds, hay production

Conference to highlight alternative winter feeds, hay production

David Burton

High Plains Journal

The 95th annual Lawrence County Soils and Crops Conference will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Jan. 3, 2019, at the Southwest Research Center located at 14548 State Hwy H, southwest of Mt. Vernon. This year’s conference will focus on best ways to feed corn silage and corn stalks to beef cattle.

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Dairy producers switching to beef should do research

Dairy producers switching to beef should do research

Heidi Clausen

The Country Today

With milk prices stuck below the level of profitability for many dairy farmers this past year, more have been getting out and making the transition to raising beef cattle. About 20 farmers and others attended a Dec. 11 workshop entitled “So You Want to Raise Beef?” in Baldwin. A similar workshop was offered the same day in Eau Claire. “It’s getting to be a more popular topic for us,” said Ryan Sterry, UW-Extension agriculture agent for St. Croix County.

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