Daily Archives: April 19, 2019

Know what’s supposed to happen during calving so you know if something is wrong

Know what’s supposed to happen during calving so you know if something is wrong
Kasey Brown

Angus Beef Bulletin

here are few things more wonderful than new life. However, getting that new life into the world can have its challenges — from size problems to malpresentations. Providing assistance in a cow’s time of need can make the difference in whether cow and calf finish the process alive. However, to understand if something is wrong, we need to first know what is supposed to happen.

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Year for Creep?

Year for Creep?

Jeff Lehmkuhler

Cow Country News

Considering that pastures may not be as productive, this year may be well suited for considering creep feeding. Creep feeding will provide calves an opportunity to increase their plane of nutrition and meet their genetic potential for growth. Research studies have demonstrated that calves will continue suckle dams consuming the same amount of milk and may not reduce the nutrient demands on the cow. However, the creep feed consumed replaces forage the calves would otherwise consume leaving more for the cows.

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Contemporary Grouping

Contemporary Grouping
Jessie England

Brangus Journal

I think the first question we need to ask ourselves, what exactly is a ”contemporary group?” – According to the Beef Improvement Federation, ”A contemporary group is defined as a group of cattle that are of the same breed composition and sex, are similar in age, and have been raised under the same management conditions. More simply put, a contemporary group is a group of animals that have had an equal opportunity to perform.” Only once we fully understand what contemporary grouping is, can we understand how it works.

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Foot and Mouth Disease, Not a Zoonosis

Foot and Mouth Disease, Not a Zoonosis

Dr.Jerry Saliki, Dr. Janemarie Hennebelle and Dr. Corrie Brown

Georgia Cattleman Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a very contagious viral disease of cloven-hooved animals, including cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and deer. Though it shares a similar name with the human disease ”hand-foot-and-mouth-disease,” they are entirely unrelated viral diseases. The cattle disease cannot affect people, and the human disease will not affect your cows. Though this is not a zoonotic disease, it is a very important infectious disease.

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Prepping For Livestock Arrival

Prepping For Livestock Arrival

Meg Grzeskiewicz

On Pasture

An eighteen-wheeler may fit through your gate, but will it be able to make it down the lane/road to it? Is your road wide enough for the truck to make the turn through your gate? If not, you’ll need to make some adjustments. You might need to find a different place to drop them off where the facilities match what your shipper is driving.

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Genetic Markers and Their Use in Feedlot Cattle

Genetic Markers and Their Use in Feedlot Cattle

Steve Boyles

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Carcass characteristics are economically important but can be difficult to measure pre-harvest. Therefore, genetic markers associated with these traits may provide valuable information to decision makers. The success of genetic markers depends on the accuracy of molecular breeding values (MBV).

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The timing of calf vaccination can affect later performance.

The timing of calf vaccination can affect later performance.

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

A cow in a natural environment may not become exposed to very many disease-causing organisms, but many cattle are confined part of the year in corrals, small pens or pastures that have been contaminated by heavy cattle use — with more chance of disease spread. With vaccination and natural exposure to various pathogens, the cow develops many antibodies and strong immunity. During the last part of pregnancy she puts these antibodies into the colostrum she produces, so her calf can have instant immunity right after it suckles.

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For many down on the farm, the wolf is at the door

For many down on the farm, the wolf is at the door

Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray


We hate to sound like the little boy who cried wolf, but for U.S. farmers there really is a wolf out there and that wolf is called low prices. While the pain is not evenly spread across the nation and across farm types, for those involved it is serious.

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Parts of Michigan Designated “Potential High-Risk Area” for Bovine TB

Parts of Michigan Designated “Potential High-Risk Area” for Bovine TB


Officials in Michigan have designated parts of the northern region of the state as a “Potential High-Risk Area” for bovine tuberculosis. On April 12, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development the designation was made for parts of Iosco and Ogemaw counties.

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Sending flood relief in time of crisis

Sending flood relief in time of crisis

Mickayla Overholt

Farm and Dairy

In mid-March, Dustin Sheldon, who farms near Sydney, Iowa, watched as 2,200 of his 2,500 acres of crop ground went under water. Now, nearly a month later, “it’s receding, but we still have a good portion of land under water,” he said.  “It’s hard to believe unless you can see it with your eyes,” said Sheldon, who grows corn and soybeans with his family and runs cattle on pasture.

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