Daily Archives: February 21, 2019

Control what you can and deal with the rest.

Control what you can and deal with the rest.

Miranda Reiman
Angus Journal

“We can manage their feed. We can manage their health protocol. We can’t manage their stress,” said Kelly Sanders, Westway Feed Products. “From my feed standpoint, how do I mitigate that problem the best I can?”

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Sanitation Procedures When Implanting

Sanitation Procedures When Implanting

Stephen Boyles

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Sanitation is paramount when administering implants for beef cattle. Manure, dirt and bacteria must be removed and a disinfectant solution should be applied to the implant injection site area of the ear. Growth implant efficacy and return on investment decreases if an abscess forms because of unsanitary practices. In one study, average daily gains were decreased 8.9% (3.18 versus 2.92 pounds) and feed efficiency decreased 8.5% (5.62 versus 6.14 pounds of feed per pound of gain) by abscessed growth implants.

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Controlling Cattle Lice

Controlling Cattle Lice

Jodi Henke

Successful Farming

Hair loss on your cattle is a good indication they have a lice problem. The bites cause itching and irritation, so cattle rub, lick, and chew on themselves. This can cause damage to fence posts and other items they rub on for relief. Lice also affect performance. When the cattle are rubbing and scratching, they’re not eating or resting, which can cost a-quarter-to-a-half-pound of gain per-day.

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Grid vs. live steer value—what’s the better deal?

Grid vs. live steer value—what’s the better deal?

Nevil Speer

Beef Magazine

During the past several weeks, Industry At A Glance has focused on various dynamics around the live fed cattle market. That discussion has highlighted trends around negotiated trade, volatility, basis and regional price differences. To that end, it’s often assumed the live cattle market serves as a bottom-end base – and all other forms of cattle trade (dressed, grid and formula) are always superior to weekly live trade.

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President Eisenhower: Farmer and Angus Cattle Breeder

President Eisenhower: Farmer and Angus Cattle Breeder

Wyatt Bechtel


Since the start of the United States a number of presidents have traced their roots back to farming and ranching. Many presidents maintained farms and ranches during their terms in office. Those agriculture operations also served as retreats from the day-to-day grind of serving in the White House.

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Designing a “Bud Box”

Designing a “Bud Box”

Ron Gill, Ph.D., Rick Machen, Ph.D.

Texas A&M University

There is nothing magical or mystical about a Bud Box. It is a facility design that allows the handler to position themselves correctly to facilitate cattle flow out of the box into either the crowd alley leading to a chute or to a trailer load out. Always keep in mind that the Box is a flow- through part of the facility. Cattle should never be stored in the Box waiting to be sent into the crowd alley or to a trailer. Bring them in and let them flow back out immediately.

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A Guide to Anaplasmosis in Your Cow Herd

A Guide to Anaplasmosis in Your Cow Herd


Anaplasmosis is a wide-spread concern to the U.S. beef industry. Cattle in nearly every state are impacted by the blood-borne disease that with proper management can be controlled within your herd. “With animal diseases like Anaplasmosis, it is very important for cattle producers to have a good working relationship with their veterinarians,” said Kevin Glaubius, Director of Nutrition at BioZyme® Inc. “Any medication for control of Anaplasmosis requires a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), only available from your vet.”

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BIF Award Program Applications Due

BIF Award Program Applications Due


The deadline for both awards is March 1. Applications are posted to the BeefImprovement.org website “Award Forms” page under the “Resource Center” tab. Each BIF member organization is allowed to make three nominations in each category. From the nominations received, five finalists will be selected for the Commercial and Seedstock Producer of the Year Awards.  These five finalists will be notified and recognized at the BIF annual convention.

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Veterinarian offers advice on dealing with complicated births.

Veterinarian offers advice on dealing with complicated births.

Kasey Brown

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

A cow-calf operation’s ultimate goal is a live calf, but it’s also crucial to save the cow or heifer if there is an issue. Kansas State University Extension Beef Veterinarian and Assistant Professor AJ Tarpoff explains several malpresentations and offers tips on how to correct them.

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Who’s right, the Beef Board or R-CALF? Both are – almost

Who’s right, the Beef Board or R-CALF? Both are – almost

Azzeddine Azzam

Beef Magazine

t was a cold winter night when the phone rang about 2 a.m. It was Rancher Bill. “Doc, I got a heifer calving, and she hasn’t made any progress. Can you take a look at her?” “Sure!” I said. “Can you bring her in to the clinic?”

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