Daily Archives: April 16, 2019

Baxter Black, DVM: Two Jumps

Baxter Black, DVM:  Two Jumps

Two Jumps said he used to ride bulls. In spite of his name, he tried.

He had grit, determination and bravado on his side.

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What to Do When Calves are Born Weak

What to Do When Calves are Born Weak

Dr. Michelle Arnold

Cow Country News

”Weak Calf Syndrome” is a term applied to any calf born alive but is slow to stand and may or may not attempt to nurse. Calves born to dams that experience weight loss during the final 50-60 days of gestation are at high risk of being weak. An energy deficient diet fed to late gestation cows leads to prolonged labor, dystocia (difficult birth), poor quality and quantity of colostrum and decreased milk production.

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Choosing the Right Bull can Increase Return on Investment

Choosing the Right Bull can Increase Return on Investment

Robert Wells, Ph.D

Brangus Journal

The past few years have seen a dramatic downturn in calf prices from historic highs to the lowest prices in four or five years. Unfortunately, some input prices are slow to come down while other inputs still remain high; thus causing a strain on budgets. This has greatly reduced the net profit of most cattle raisers. There is a desire and justifiable need by producers to reduce costs proportionally with the reduced calf prices to remain economically viable in the next few years until prices improve again.

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Score And Cull Cows

Score And Cull Cows

Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN

Teat and udder quality is a common reason given for culling a cow. The Beef Improvement Federation has a teat and udder scoring system to help producers make culling decisions (beef.unl.edu/learning/udder_score.shtml). In addition, the Hereford breed has developed expected progeny difference (EPD) scores for udder suspension and teat size.

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Animal Health Product Failure: Due to Storage and Handling

Animal Health Product Failure: Due to Storage and Handling

Sandy Stuttgen

University of Wisconsin

As you use animal health products, keep in mind your ability to correctly use products determines its’ ability to perform. Human error is often responsible for the perceived failure of an animal health product.

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Technology solutions for forage and livestock performance

Technology solutions for forage and livestock performance

Ryan Hicks, April Mueller and Twain Butler

Progressive Forage

The primary agriculture enterprise in the Southern Great Plains (particularly southern Oklahoma and northern Texas) is forage-based beef cattle systems (e.g., cow-calf, stockers). These profitable operations perform well but not without obvious challenges.

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Want to eat beef and fight climate change? Eat a cow stomach

Want to eat beef and fight climate change? Eat a cow stomach

Chase Purdy

Quartz

The good news is that there’s a way for you to have your environmentally-responsible beef and eat it, too, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. But to do that, you’re going to have to be a little adventurous.

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