Daily Archives: February 4, 2019

Baxter Black, DVM:  Bentley, The Born Again Bull

Baxter Black, DVM:  Bentley, The Born Again Bull

It was one of those two o’clock mornin’ calls:  “Looked like everything was comin’ jes fine, Doc, then he got stuck!  Could you come?”

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Determining Grazing Readiness

Determining Grazing Readiness


One of the most important grazing management decisions land managers make is selecting a start date for grazing tame pasture and native range. Monitoring grazing readiness ensures that grazing starts at the proper time, when plants are tolerant of grazing.

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Farmers focus on maintaining cow condition

Farmers focus on maintaining cow condition

Deborah Gertz Husar


Whenever spring arrives, University of Illinois Extension beef educator Travis Meteer expects cattle producers will quickly move cows to pasture. “Our hay’s expensive, and producers may have gone through more because of the weather. I foresee producers getting shorter on feed supplies and cows going out quicker,” Meteer said. But he warns that green grass may not be enough feed for cattle and suggests adding a mix of ground/cracked corn and soybean hulls.

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A vision of what the beef industry needs

A vision of what the beef industry needs

Sean McGrath


A vision statement can be one of the most powerful tools available to a company. It sets the big-picture goal for a business and provides a framework for communication. A well-crafted vision can provide the fuel to empower those in the business to assess their own performance and apply their creativity towards a common goal.

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Locomotion behavior changes in peripartum beef cows and heifers

Locomotion behavior changes in peripartum beef cows and heifers

Natalie B Duncan Allison M Meyer

Journal of Animal Science

Changes in locomotor activity of beef females during the 72 h prepartum were determined in 3 experiments: (i) a 2-yr study with spring-calving multiparous cows (Exp. 1; n = 34 and 27 for years 1 and 2, respectively); (ii) spring-calving primiparous (first pregnancy; n = 13) and multiparous (n = 21) dams (Exp. 2); and (iii) fall-calving multiparous cows (Exp. 3; n = 33). For all experiments, IceQube activity monitors (iceRobotics, Edinburgh, UK) were placed above the left hind fetlock of pregnant females ≥3 d prepartum.

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Efforts to reform federal grazing regs underway

Efforts to reform federal grazing regs underway

Mark Dorenkamp

Brownfield Network

The director of the Public Lands Council says efforts to reform federal grazing regulations are underway.  Speaking to Brownfield at the Cattle Industry Convention in New Orleans, Ethan Lane says Clinton-era rules to move cattle off public lands have been harmful to ranchers. “The regulatory reform that we saw during that Administration, which was called Range Reform ’94, absolutely derailed and substantially changed how grazing was implemented in the West. And we’ve seen it sort of struggle ever since.”

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Bourbon Street, cattle weights, and weather patterns

Bourbon Street, cattle weights, and weather patterns

Real Agriculture

It’s that time of  year when thousands of members of the cattle industry get together for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association cattle conventions. This year’s event was at New Orleans, Louisiana, in the heart of a great city known for its cajun cuisine, late nights, and the most flamboyant of costumes.

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On call during the cold: ‘When I pull my arm out, the poop freezes’

On call during the cold: ‘When I pull my arm out, the poop freezes’

Jennifer Lu

La Crosse Tribune

Polar vortex or no polar vortex, large animal veterinarians are at the beck and call of their patients.  While Coulee area vets braced themselves for extreme cold caused by a wayward whorl of arctic air that had drifted south, submerging parts of the upper Midwest into record breaking negative digits, it was business as usual for their patients.

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Exiting the farm

Exiting the farm

Mark Balzarini

The Farmer

In a poor farm economy, some farmers may opt to accelerate their exit from farming. Though this may be acceptable in some circumstances, the process of a farm exit should be well thought out and well timed.

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Is your hay cutting it?

Is your hay cutting it?

Matt Morris

Frederick News Post

Getting hay made during the 2018 season was a challenge to say the least. What hay did get made was probably not prize winning stuff by any means. I wanted to write this article because I have received several calls and have been out to a few farms where the hay’s nutritional value was being questioned. I’m writing this with beef cattle in mind as that is the type of farms that have been asking the question, but it would apply to other types of livestock as well.

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