Daily Archives: May 23, 2019

How to get more good from your veterinarian, or what to do with one if you get one.

How to get more good from your veterinarian, or what to do with one if you get one.

R.P. “Doc” Cooke

Beef Producer

Recently, I’ve been told a rather cute joke several times which is made at the expense of veterinarians. In each case, different professionals appear to be venting their frustration with the “sage wisdom” of the vet, and as you’d expect the vet is always at the center of the joke.

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Three Things You Can Do Starting Now to Be More Profitable

Three Things You Can Do Starting Now to Be More Profitable

Greg Judy

On Pasture

There has been quite a price change in the livestock world in the last two years. There has never been a time in recent history that cattle prices crashed as quickly as they did in the fall of 2015. Historically high prices were being paid for anything that looked like a cow. The new normal for 2014 and part of 2015 was rocket fuel prices never seen before in history.

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Avoid problems when trailing pairs to new pasture

Avoid problems when trailing pairs to new pasture

Heather Smith Thomas

Western Livestock Journal

When trailing cows with calves from spring/calving pastures to summer range, or from one range pasture to the next, it is essential to let them mother up, then move them calmly and at their own speed so cow and calf can stay paired.

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Cutting Height in Forages: How Low Can You Go?

Cutting Height in Forages: How Low Can You Go?

Dwane Miller

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Whether you’re taking the crop as haylage or dry hay, it’s important to pay attention to forage cutting height. One of our goals as farmers is to maximize our yield; however, cutting a crop too low can lead to several negative issues. The introduction of the disk-type mowers (discbines) allows for cutting very close to the ground. I’ve seen many fields that have been “scalped” right to ground level.

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Unlock potential feedlot gain by monitoring feed intake

Unlock potential feedlot gain by monitoring feed intake

Feedstuffs

When average daily gain (ADG) fails to meet expectations, it’s crucial for feedlot managers and nutritionists to gather clues from feed intake, which will inform strategies that improve performance and ultimately help make decisions that offer the potential for an improved bottom line

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Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course set for Aug. 5-7 in College Station

Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course set for Aug. 5-7 in College Station

Blair Fanin

Southern Livestock

The 65th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is set for Aug. 5-7 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The general session on Aug. 5 will focus on opportunities and challenges in the cattle business. “Each year we strive to provide ranchers with basic beef cattle production information, new technology in cattle production and hot issues affecting ranchers,” said Dr. Jason Cleere, conference coordinator and AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in College Station.

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Edible bale wrap developed to reduce livestock farm waste

Edible bale wrap developed to reduce livestock farm waste

Farmers Weekly (UK)

Three PhD students have invented an edible bale wrap to reduce farm waste. The patent-pending BioNet biopolymer was developed specifically for farms to wrap hay and silage. It is the brainchild of three Imperial College London PhD students: Nick Aristidou, Will Joyce and Stelios Chatzimichail. The trio came up with the idea after Mr Joyce, who grew up on a farm in Rutland, noticed his parent’s beef herd was creating a lot of wrapping waste.

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