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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