Daily Archives: June 5, 2019

The Secret to Enhancing Fertility in Your Cow Herd

The Secret to Enhancing Fertility in Your Cow Herd

Courtnie Carter

University of Tennessee

The secret to enhancing fertility in your cow herd is not a new or ground-breaking technology, and it is not difficult to implement. It really is not a secret at all, but it does take commitment to a process, minimal investments of time and labor, and a willingness to potentially take an economic loss now in order to minimize more substantial losses in the future. The secret to enhancing fertility in your cow herd is to pregnancy check every year and sell open cows and heifers.

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Late Planted Corn and Cattle Feeding

Late Planted Corn and Cattle Feeding

South Dakota Extension

With the challenges of getting crops planted this year, many farmers are likely weighing their options and re-considering their planting intentions. For producers who can market feedstuffs through livestock (particularly cattle), it may be premature to completely abandon corn simply due to calendar dates, explained Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Management Associate.

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Face Fly Controls and Pregnant Cows

Face Fly Controls and Pregnant Cows
Dr. Ken McMillan

I talked to a veterinarian at Bayer, and he is confident the product is safe when used according to the label. It has been used for more than 50 years, and a lot has gone into pregnant cows. We do advise calling the mineral company to see what its concerns are. I think you would be fine using it, but I would like to know what the company has to say.

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Understanding bioavailability in a supplementation program

Understanding bioavailability in a supplementation program

Ben Neale

Progressive Cattleman

Good nutritional status is an important factor for quality of life and health of all living things, including cattle. Yet, because many of the signs of poor nutrition are subclinical, they are often overlooked.

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Should you move your calving date?

Should you move your calving date?

Amanda Radke

Beef Magazine

But before you change your calving window, there are several factors to consider. In a recent article, Aaron Berger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension beef educator, lists 10 things producers should think about before moving calving dates for 2020.

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BSE Confirmed In Brazilian Cow

BSE Confirmed In Brazilian Cow

Greg Henderson

Brazilian officials have confirmed an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) was discovered in the state of Mato Grosso. ( Bloomberg). Brazilian officials have confirmed an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) was discovered in the state of Mato Grosso. Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry said the disease was found in a 17-year-old cow.

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A Eulogy for a Cow

A Eulogy for a Cow

Kathryn Gillespie


Cull auctions sell animals who have been culled from the herd: those who have been deemed no longer productive or economically viable. Animals sold at cull auctions will typically either be transported directly to a slaughterhouse or be moved to a feedlot or farm where they are fattened first before going to slaughter.

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A hat tip to Canada

A hat tip to Canada

Derrell S. Peel

As I listened to the updates and discussions about issues in the Canadian cattle industry, it was clear that the industry issues are generally the same on both sides of the border. The cattle industry there is dealing with new animal transport rules much as we are in the U.S. While the U.S.

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Take advantage of warm-season natives

Take advantage of warm-season natives

Michaela King

Hay and Forage

Pat Keyser, director of the Center of Native Grasslands Management at the University of Tennessee, recommends a goal of seeding about 30 percent of pastures into natives for a typical Fescue Belt beef cattle operation. He does not suggest seeding this acreage all at once, but rather to use an incremental approach, seeding only a few acres at a time.

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Ranching’s Image Gets a Reboot

Ranching’s Image Gets a Reboot

Daily Yonder

You know beef is for dinner. Now the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association would like you to hear that raising beef is high-tech, hip, and environmentally friendly. The beef association has launched a new promotional campaign that builds off its very successful “Beef, it’s what’s for dinner” promotion. The message of the new campaign, “Rethink the ranch,” seems aimed at a younger crowd that cares about the environment and is comfortable with technology.

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