Daily Archives: March 7, 2019

Five pretty easy ways to prevent calf health problems

Five pretty easy ways to prevent calf health problems


Minnesota Farm Guide

Over the last several years I have made a big fuss over all of the calf health problems that we seem to have here in Minnesota. I realize that Minnesota’s climate makes it a very unpleasant place to live; and it is unpleasant for cows too. Although there are many different agents and pathways that cause calf health problems, by far and away viral calf scours is the number one culprit of calf death loss and performance lag in the annual Minnesota calf crop.

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Reproductive Losses in Beef Cattle: Diagnosing the Cause

Reproductive Losses in Beef Cattle: Diagnosing the Cause

Taylor Grussing

SDSU Extension

Reproductive losses account for $1 billion dollars in lost revenue to the beef industry each year. All the way from conception to birth, we depend on a lot of things to go right, whether we are talking about natural or artificial breeding programs. Nevertheless, reproductive failure whether presented as early or late term abortions (miscarriages) result in those animals never being born and having a stark effect on the operation’s bottom line.

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Veterinarian offers advice on dealing with complicated births.

Veterinarian offers advice on dealing with complicated births.

Kasey Brown

Angus Beef Business 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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Disease disaster response is a Kansas priority

Disease disaster response is a Kansas priority

Raney Rapp


Infectious diseases represent significant animal welfare and export market concerns and the Kansas Department of Agriculture makes investigating disease reports a top priority. During the 2019 Women in Agriculture meeting in Parsons, Kansas, KDA assistant animal health commissioner Andy Hawkins spoke about significant disease protocols. Hawkins encouraged producers to report clinical signs for any diseases included on the state’s reportable disease list.

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No Cost, Big Impact Tool for Cattle Producers

No Cost, Big Impact Tool for Cattle Producers

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

One simple tool can help any cattle producer make good nutritional decisions, sort animals correctly and even predict reproductive success. Known simply as “BCS,” it’s a technique of assigning a body condition score to every cow in the herd and managing her based on that score.

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Bull Buying Tips

Bull Buying Tips

Dr. Darrh Bullock

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

We are rapidly approaching bull buying season in Kentucky so there are few basics I would like to share. The genetics in the bull you are buying now will have a huge impact on your herd immediately and could linger for years to come if you keep replacements from him. For this reason it is important to get this decision right.

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Consumers are Driving Packer Changes

Consumers are Driving Packer Changes
Wes Ishmael

F&R Livestock Resource

Ultimately, consumers determine what enters and exits the harvest facilities of the nation’s largest meat packers. Consumer demand deter­mines which meats they’ll consume in terms of quantity and price, or if they’ll consume meat at all.

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Management Strategies for a Successful Breeding Season

Management Strategies for a Successful Breeding Season

Jaclyn N. Ketchum and Michael F. Smith

American Red Angus Magazine

Getting a female pregnant can be challenging – keeping her pregnant also proves challenging. In mammals, including cattle, the incidence of early embryo mortality is 20 to 30 percent. However, there are management strategies producers can employ to increase the probability a heifer or cow will remain pregnant as well as prepare the female to breed back the following year. The latter issue proves to be especially challenging for those females that are still growing and lactating. Thankfully, with proper management, producers can lessen that challenge.
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Choose Wisely

Choose Wisely

Tom Field, PhD

The American Black Hereford

For the commercial cow-calf producer the two most important professional relationships are with the seedstock supplier and the herd veterinarian. Genetics provides a foundation upon which the future of the enterprise will stand. The most influential genetic decisions made by a cow-calf producer who produces their own replacement heifers are the three most recent generations of herd sires. These bulls account for approximately 7 5 percent of the calf crop’s genetic makeup in terms of their direct influence as sires of calves and as the sires of the cowherd. Given the tremendous influence of the bull battery, the sire acquisition process takes on a special level of significance and thus, the relationship with the genetic supplier becomes highly important.

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Recommendations for Beef Sire Selection

Recommendations for Beef Sire Selection

Darrh Bullock, Ph.D., Megan Rolf, Ph.D

Hereford World

The overall goal of a beef operation should be to increase net income. Net income is the difference between how much is spent on the operation and how much income the operation generates. Therefore, beef producers need to focus either on increasing income while minimizing additional cost or on reducing costs while trying to maintain current levels of income.

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