Daily Archives: January 8, 2019

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies: Forages can be part of the problem

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies: Forages can be part of the problem

Lynn Jaynes

Progressive Forage

“Have you ever gone to a company-sponsored producer meeting with one hand over your billfold and one hand over your checkbook, afraid that they [vitamin and mineral supplement companies] would try to squeeze one more dollar out of you?”

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Stress Is Expensive

Stress Is Expensive

Victoria G. Myers

The Progressive Farmer

Low-stress handling is a key element in the BQA certification and assessment process. Veterinarian Dan Thomson, a professor at Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute, is a past BQA Educator of the Year. He says the program continues to grow and evolve and, today, is a cornerstone for all segments of the beef industry.

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Can Beef Demand Absorb Even Larger Protein Supplies in 2019?

Can Beef Demand Absorb Even Larger Protein Supplies in 2019?


2018 did turn out to be a better than expected year for most of the beef complex, as most segments in the supply chain were profitable thanks to exceptionally strong exports. The question for next year is can beef demand continue to absorb the larger protein production without hurting market prices?

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Heifer Development and Long-term Profitability

Heifer Development and Long-term Profitability

Travis Mulliniks

University of Nebraska

Developing a heifer to replace a cull cow is one of the most expensive management decisions for cow-calf producers, leading to major implications on long-term herd profitability. When the decision to develop heifers has been made, the question then becomes “what is the proper strategy to develop replacements for the cowherd?” Traditional recommendations suggest heifers should be managed to reach 65% of their mature body weight at breeding to maximize pregnancy rate.

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Calving and Technology on the Ranch

Calving and Technology on the Ranch

Our Wyoming Life

Calving on the ranch, take a look at some of the technology we use to help calves be born safely and healthy. Including thermal imaging from FLIR and the MooCall calving sensor. Combining old school and new school calving on Our Wyoming Life.

Developing a Year-Round Mineral Program

Developing a Year-Round Mineral Program


Many producers can take for granted the importance of a well thought out mineral program. The purpose of developing a yearly mineral supplementation program is to help balance the macro and micro mineral requirements of cattle to keep them healthy and maintain optimal performance. However, what is best for one producer’s operation isn’t necessarily what is best for his neighbor.

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Gene-edited farm animals are coming. Will we eat them?

Gene-edited farm animals are coming. Will we eat them?

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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Meet Giles County Beef Farmer Steve Scott

Meet Giles County Beef Farmer Steve Scott

Melissa Bratton

Tennessee Farm and Home

My biggest blessing was being raised by parents who came up during the Depression and knew what a dollar meant. I try to carry on a tradition they would be proud of. I’m also very thankful that when I was young, I got saved. Life is a journey and if you don’t have faith then farming isn’t for you. It’s a blessing to be part of this industry and in the leadership roles I’ve been in, to meet the people I have all across the country. I

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NCBA, Merck Plan 2019 Stockmanship & Stewardship Programs

NCBA, Merck Plan 2019 Stockmanship & Stewardship Programs


Thanks to new sponsorship from Merck Animal Health, up to six regional Stockmanship & Stewardship events will be coordinated by the producer education team at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association throughout the United States in 2019. Additional funding and support for the program is provided by the beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program.

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Is your cowherd prepared this winter?

Is your cowherd prepared this winter?

Lacey Newlin

High Plains Journal

For us, a cold winter night is improved by a toasty fireplace and something warm to eat. For cowherds, especially when cows begin to calve, winter can be uncomfortable if cattlemen are not checking off all the winter preparedness boxes. David Lalman, professor and Extension beef cattle specialist at Oklahoma State University, says what cattlemen do between now and calving will directly impact next year’s calf crop and pregnancy rate.

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