Daily Archives: March 1, 2019

Turning Your Herd – How To Guide Them Once You’ve Got Them Moving

Turning Your Herd – How To Guide Them Once You’ve Got Them Moving

Whit Hibbard

On Pasture

Good turns are very important, but how many of us think of that? I sure didn’t. And I certainly didn’t know there was more than one way to turn a herd. I thought there was only one way, and that was to ride up to the lead and shove them over, which is fine as long as we have good movement. If we don’t have good movement we might slow or stop the herd which is very detrimental to our goal of driving our animals somewhere.

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Why calving season is different this year

Why calving season is different this year

Dr. Ron Clarke

Canadian Cattleman

The first major event facing cattle producers in 2019 is planning for calving season. This year there is a new wrinkle in managing animal health programs on the ranch: establishing a veterinary-client patient relationship with a veterinarian. This provides an avenue to access medically important antimicrobials through a prescription as needed. There are few ranches not needing an antimicrobial to treat things like bacterial scours, umbilical infections, coccidiosis and respiratory infections.

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Grow Yards: Opportunity for industry efficiency and for added revenue stream

Grow Yards: Opportunity for industry efficiency and for added revenue stream

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

Grow yards – or backgrounding lots – have often been looked at as simply “residual housing” for cattle. But Rabobank senior animal protein analyst Don Close has analyzed grow yards and says the concept is evolving and offering more opportunities. There are two reasons for this change; that includes assisting cattle with a more seamless transition to the feedlot and finishing phase and thus requiring less labor needs at the feedyard. Rabobank released Close’s report findings during the Cattle Industry Convention in New Orleans in late January.

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Corn for cows instead of hay?

Corn for cows instead of hay?

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

I keep hearing about high prices for hay and shortages of forage this wet, snowy winter. Earlier this week I was in Pennsylvania for a grazing meeting west of Philadelphia in the Amish-Mennonite country and saw nary a blade of grass standing. Of course, many of the folks I heard from while there are small dairymen, many of them grass-based, and they are struggling with very low milk prices and all the associated problems.

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Take Steps to Prepare for breeding Season

Take Steps to Prepare for breeding Season
 Heather Schlesser
Cattle Today
In today’s beef industry the margins for productivity and profitability are thin. Herd reproduction and fertility are important for profitability to occur. A successful breeding season hinges on nutrition, vaccination, sire selection, breeding soundness exams, and management protocols to control the length of the breeding season.

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What’s going on: I’m putting out High-Mag mineral, but cows are still going down?!?!

What’s going on: I’m putting out High-Mag mineral, but cows are still going down?!?!

Lawton Stewart, Deidre Harmon

University of Georgia

Grass tetany, also known as grass staggers, magnesium (Mg) tetany, hypomagnesemia, and wheat pasture poisoning, is a nutritional disorder caused by either 1) an inadequate amount of dietary Mg, or, 2) other mineral related factor that is preventing (antagonizing) dietary Mg from being properly absorbed or utilized.  Magnesium is considered a macro-mineral and is needed in beef cattle diets to insure proper growth, reproduction, and metabolic function.

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Reparing Damage Caused by Hay Feeding

Reparing Damage Caused by Hay Feeding

Gary Bates

University of Tennessee

It is a pretty safe bet that you have some areas in your pastures that are a muddy mess.  The excess rain during fall, coupled with having fed hay for the last several months has caused areas in many pastures to be destroyed, with very little grass left.  This type of thing happens every year, but it seems like this year is especially bad.  The question is, what can you do to get these areas back into shape?

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Young Farmer Cashes In On Corn With Cattle

Young Farmer Cashes In On Corn With Cattle

Sara Schafer


At a mere 28 years old, Tony Schwarck jumped headfirst into a high-effort and high-risk business venture. After a decade of working with his parents and grandparents on their row-crop operation, he knew his future in farming would need to take a different path. Farmland and cash rents were sky-high in his competitive area of northern Iowa, so expanding their corn and soybean acreage to support three families was a big hill to climb.

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Does the show ring matter in the cow pasture?

Does the show ring matter in the cow pasture?

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

“We’ve become very efficient about making the cow herd more efficient; building the end product and doing a great job from that standpoint with some of the EPDs we’ve had. But like anything, we can go too far. And having a balance of phenotypic appraisal and a balance of genetic selection and emphasis is where we need to be as a whole.”

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Livestock market owner struck by bull dies

Livestock market owner struck by bull dies


Capital Press

Joe Parypa, who died Feb. 21 almost two weeks after being struck by a bull, conducts an auction at the Chehalis Livestock Market in southwest Washington. Parypa was the market’s co-owner.

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