Daily Archives: January 22, 2019

Baxter Black, DVM: Ol’ Roanie

Baxter Black, DVM:  Ol’ Roanie

“How ya doin’ Skip?” I asked.

“Okay, I guess,” he said. “Remember my good rope horse?”

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International demand keeps Texas beef prices stable

International demand keeps Texas beef prices stable

Cody Weems

Texas A&M University

Though markets aren’t likely to take off in 2019, cattle experts believe an increasing global demand for beef should keep prices steady. Dozens of cattle producers converged on Cameron on Thursday for the 38th annual Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic, where market experts discussed about the state of the industry.

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When is the best time to castrate bull calves?

When is the best time to castrate bull calves?

  1. Mark Hilton

Beef Magazine

A Kansas State University study showed that bulls castrated and implanted at an average of 3 months of age weighed 2 pounds more at 7.5 months of age than did the intact bull calves in the same study. At 7.5 months, the bulls were castrated, and then both groups were weighed 28 days later to assess gain.

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Rare Strain of Bovine Tuberculosis Found in North Dakota Beef Herd

Rare Strain of Bovine Tuberculosis Found in North Dakota Beef Herd

Wyatt Bechtel

Drovers

Officials have confirmed a first case of a rare strain of bovine tuberculosis in the U.S. after seven cows in North Dakota tested positive for the disease. ( North Dakota State University Extension ) An investigation is underway by state veterinarians in North Dakota after a rare strain of bovine tuberculosis (TB) was identified in a beef cow herd.

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Are Your Cows Ready for the Last Trimester of Pregnancy?

Are Your Cows Ready for the Last Trimester of Pregnancy?

Kenneth Olson

South Dakota Extension

First, what condition the cows are in is a critical question to ask. Depending on weather and feed conditions since weaning, some cows may now be in a less than desirable body condition score. The ideal body condition score is between 5 and 6.

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Add value by culling, feeding.

Add value by culling, feeding.

Justin Sexten

Angus Beef Bulletin

Weaning and preg-checking tell us how successful our last two breeding seasons were. While many cow herd operators enjoy calving as a time to see the fruits of their labor, I prefer weaning, when management and genetic selection come together in one package. If you fell short in meeting any challenge — like keeping pastures vegetative or replacement heifers without records — those effects are in full view when calves cross the scale at weaning.

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A tool for the Prediction of Ancestry in Cattle

A tool for the Prediction of Ancestry in Cattle

Tamar E. Crum, Robert D. Schnabel, Jared E. Decker, Luciana CA Regitano, Jeremy F. Taylor

BioRxiv

Background: In many beef and some dairy production systems, crossbreeding is used to take advantage of breed complementarity and heterosis. Admixed animals are frequently identified by their coat color and body conformation phenotypes, however, without pedigree information it is not possible to identify the expected breed composition of an admixed animal and in the presence of selection, the actual composition may differ from expectation.

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Making agriculture more humane: Grandin visits University of Minnesota Crookston

Making agriculture more humane: Grandin visits University of Minnesota Crookston

Jonathan Knutson

Agweek

When Temple Grandin was 14, her parents divorced and her mother remarried, leading Grandin from Boston to an Arizona ranch and her first exposure to cattle. From that modest beginning, Grandin — who is autistic and as a child was written off by some as brain-damaged and destined to be institutionalized — has gone on to a remarkable career that includes revamping livestock handling facilities in North America and serving as a spokesperson for people with autism.

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Long-term impact of overconditioning young bulls

Long-term impact of overconditioning young bulls

Kalyn Waters

Progressive Cattleman

This is an exciting time for cattle producers to make genetic investments that hopefully will pay off big down the road. However, purchasing a young herd bull is a tremendous investment, and at the end of the day, customers are counting on that bull to do one job for them: successfully get cows pregnant in an efficient manner.

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Kris Ringwall takes the reins at Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence

Kris Ringwall takes the reins at Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence

Lisa Guenther

Canadian Cattlemen

Ringwall grew up on a North Dakota farm, and to him, the Saskatchewan landscape looks familiar. Before taking the post in Saskatchewan, Ringwall was director of North Dakota State University’s Dickinson Research Extension Center. Ringwall has worked in extension for years — it’s the only path he’s known, he says. Extension’s role is “always to make producers think,” he says.

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