Daily Archives: January 30, 2019

Be prepared for polar vortex

Be prepared for polar vortex

Western Farmer Stockman

Bitter cold forecast to last through Jan. 31; talk to farm employees and take special care of livestock and pets.
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Practical Management to Reduce Disease Challenges

Practical Management to Reduce Disease Challenges

Robin Falkner
A Steak in Genomics™

We too frequently think of a health program as a calendarized list of health practices. Just because everyone believes something doesn’t mean it is right. Falkner again used his recipe analogy. We have been looking at recipes for a long time. We need to be developing better cooks.

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New Board of Directors Elected for IBCA and IBC

New Board of Directors Elected for IBCA and IBC

Eric Pfeiffer

Hoosier AG Today

The Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) held elections during the recent Area Beef Meetings to choose three Area Directors who sit on the IBCA-IBC Board of Directors. Beef producers in Area 1 elected Fred Glover of Milan, producers in Area 5 re-elected Jeff Sherfield of Spencer and producers in Area 7 re-elected Cody Sankey of Economy.

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Bovine Respiratory Disease

Bovine Respiratory Disease

Beef Cattle Research Council

Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) is the most common and costly disease affecting the North American beef cattle industry. In the broadest sense, BRD refers to any disease of the upper or lower respiratory tracts. BRD is commonly associated with infections of the lungs causing pneumonia in calves that have recently been weaned or recently arrived at the feedlot (which is why it is often referred to as shipping fever).

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NWSS yards hold many memories for livestock producers

NWSS yards hold many memories for livestock producers

Rachel Gabel

The Fence Post

In the National Western Stock Show Yards, the southern-most pen is numbered 1,200, just north of the Livestock Center and both the original 1898 building and 1918 Exchange buildings. Past the Stockyards Bar and Saloon, built in the 1980s, the original stockyards pens stretched to the south.

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Breeding program postmortems

Breeding program postmortems

Melissa Bravo

Progressive Cattleman

In our rush to maximize economic return, many of us breed first-calf heifers as soon as we think they are ready. Or, as frequently occurs, when a bull decides your attempt at separating it and an available female in estrus is feeble and demonstrates an ability to fly over the moon – destroying gates, fences or even barn walls in the process.

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Successes In My Heifer Development Business

Successes In My Heifer Development Business

Meg Grzeskiewicz

On Pasture

I spent my first four years in the grazing business running custom cow-calf pairs. It wasn’t profitable for me and I determined that it wasn’t the best use of my resources (as I discussed in some of my On Pasture articles in 2018). In spring 2018, I switched to being a seasonal operation. I bought 35 open yearling Red Angus heifers in April from a grass genetic cow-calf operation. I ran them with bulls, pregnancy checked them, and sold them at the Ohio Land and Cattle fall production sale in November.

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NBA Star Steven Adams smashes steaks & promotes beef

NBA Star Steven Adams smashes steaks & promotes beef

Amanda Radke

Beef Magazine

When professional athlete Steven Adams isn’t on the basketball court, the Oklahoma City Thunder star player is “smashing steaks.” That was how Adams described his love for beef in a now viral video that has aired on ESPN and “Inside The NBA” on TNT.

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What is “Natural”?

What is “Natural”?

Jayson Lusk


I recently completed a survey of over 1,200 U.S. consumers to find out exactly what they think “natural” means when evaluating different foods.  The full report is available here and topline results for all questions asked are here (the survey also covered consumers’ perceptions of “healthy” claims, which I’ll blog on later).
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FAO sets the record straight–86% of livestock feed is inedible by humans

FAO sets the record straight–86% of livestock feed is inedible by humans

Susan Macmillan

ILRI Clippings

As the media frenzy caused by a ‘planetary health diet’ proposed in a new report from an EAT-Lancet commission this month continues, it is perhaps timely to recall that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has set the record straight regarding not just the level of greenhouse gases that livestock emit (see yesterday’s posting on this blog) but also incorrect information about how much food (crops eatable by humans) is consumed by livestock. It’s not a lot.

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