Daily Archives: May 17, 2019

Stillbirths, weak calves abound due to Vitamin A deficiencies

Stillbirths, weak calves abound due to Vitamin A deficiencies

Raney Rapp


From inclement weather to dealing with dystocia cases, spring calving season has felt longer and more difficult in 2019 than in previous years combined, and thanks to unforeseen nutritional deficiencies, cattlemen’s tough luck is more reality than perception.

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Pre-breeding nutrition considerations for cows that have struggled this winter

Pre-breeding nutrition considerations for cows that have struggled this winter

Bill Halfman

University of Wisconsin-Madison

While spring may finally be here, harsh weather conditions over the winter, and cold and wet spring storms have taken a toll on late gestation and early lactation cows. Some have depleted body stores to make up for the cold weather, so making sure those cows bounce back prior to breeding is crucial to maintaining pregnancy rates.

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New Specifics Help Define Sustainable U.S. Beef

New Specifics Help Define Sustainable U.S. Beef

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Continuous improvement is the focus of a newly released U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework. It calls on all sectors of the beef industry to work toward a set of established metrics.

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What business are we in? Cattle or protein?

What business are we in? Cattle or protein?

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

Are you in the cattle business? Or are you in the business of providing the best, highest-quality eating experience that consumers will enjoy? How you answer those questions matters.

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Management factors that affect calf value analyzed.

Management factors that affect calf value analyzed.

Kasey Brown

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Video auctions are a popular form of marketing feeder calves, especially for bigger operations out West. Superior Livestock Video Auction introduced satellite video marketing in 1987 and now sells 2 million cattle annually, making it the largest video-sales company in the United States. Esther McCabe, doctoral student in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University, has been analyzing 24 years of data from Superior Livestock video auction, representing more than 90,000 lots of calves.

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Lincoln’s Agricultural Legacy

Lincoln’s Agricultural Legacy

Wayne D. Rasmussen


On May 15, 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed into law an act of Congress establishing “at the seat of Government of the United States a Department of Agriculture.” Two and one-half years later, in what was to be his last annual message to the Congress, Lincoln said: “The Agricultural Department, under the supervision of its present energetic and faithful head, is rapidly commending itself to the great and vital interest it was created to advance.

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National Beef Quality Assurance manual released

National Beef Quality Assurance manual released

Morning AG Clips

An official manual for the Beef Quality Assurance program that is both detailed and extensive is now being distributed nationwide throughout the cattle industry. The manual and the BQA Program are both managed by the producer education team at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff.

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Dealing with the Big 4 Parasites in Cattle

Dealing with the Big 4 Parasites in Cattle

Wyatt Bechtel


Parasite control isn’t a once-a-year thought to contemplate prior to spring grazing. It is constant management consideration throughout the year with different parasites popping up depending on weather and location. For cattle producers there are four major parasites to contend with during the year: lice, worms, ticks and flies.

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U.S. Vote on the New NAFTA Could Slip to Late 2020, Says Grassley

U.S. Vote on the New NAFTA Could Slip to Late 2020, Says Grassley

Chuck Abbott

Successful Farming

The Sino-U.S.trade war has pushed the new NAFTA, a pact that Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. back with varying degrees of enthusiasm, into the shadows on Capitol Hill. Senate Finance Chairman Charles Grassley said on Tuesday that a vote on the free trade agreement could be delayed for a year or more by presidential politicking unless Congress starts work soon.

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As hurricane season looms, AgriLife offers preparedness instruction

As hurricane season looms, AgriLife offers preparedness instruction

AgriLife Today

“Hurricane season in the Atlantic and the Caribbean begins around June 1 and typically lasts through Nov. 30,” said Dr. Monty Dozier, AgriLife Extension special assistant for Rebuild Texas, College Station. “It’s nearly impossible to know if a hurricane is approaching any sooner than five to seven days out, so it’s vital that people, especially those in coastal areas, take the time to prepare well in advance.”

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