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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Vaccine storage and handling for optimum effectiveness

Vaccine storage and handling for optimum effectiveness

Heather Smith Thomas

Progressive Cattleman

Producers don’t have control over weather and some of the other variables that affect cattle health, including how an animal responds to vaccines (white cell response and cell-mediated immunity).

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Optimize Fertility

Optimize Fertility

John Maday

Drovers

The ranching business, like life, entails tradeoffs, and the law of diminishing returns always applies. Fertility, pregnancy rates and calving rates for example, can make or break ranch revenue, but at some point, the inputs required to move calving rates a few percentage points higher can eat up your profits.

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Meet the city-guy-turned-cattle-rancher driving the $1 billion effort to preserve the National Western Center’s roots

Meet the city-guy-turned-cattle-rancher driving the $1 billion effort to preserve the National Western Center’s roots

Tamara Chuang

Colorado Sun

At age 47, long-time Denver architect Brad Buchanan found himself in the uncomfortable position of helping a mama cow give birth. “I had my iPhone propped up in the crook of my shoulder the first time I pulled a calf at four in the morning,” said Buchanan, who, despite his day job in the city, had moved 33 miles east from a swanky Park Hill neighborhood to rural Strasburg, where he’d recently acquired 22 cows and a ranch from Charles Robbins.

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