Daily Archives: June 7, 2019

Bruising and Cattle

Bruising and Cattle

Steve Boyles
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Cattle bruising is an animal well-being concern as well a loss in economic value. When loaded, 60% of cattle are in the middle portion of a trailer, 30% in the rear compartments and 10% in the nose. Cattle rarely change position while a trailer is in motion, and the cattle typically position themselves at right angles to the direction of travel to try to compensate for the trailer movement and focus energies on keeping their balance.

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Butterweed Can Be Toxic to Livestock

Butterweed Can Be Toxic to Livestock
Pam Smith


Butterweed is common in no-till corn and soybean fields, and burndown herbicides are typically used to control it early in the spring when the plants are smaller and more susceptible. However, that didn’t happen in many areas this year due to wet weather. It’s also not an option in forage and wheat crops.

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Truths of Cattle Marketing

Truths of Cattle Marketing

Andrew Griffith

University of Tennessee

The title of this article seems very ambiguous. On top of ambiguous, the article title may conjure thoughts that there is sure to be something less than truthful in this article. Maybe the title of the article is completely off base and should be something similar to “Cattle Marketing 101: Does it get any easier?” or “Squeezing Nickels from a Cow Turd.” However, there are several truths about cattle marketing that cattle producers should be aware of and utilize to their benefit.

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Tetanus is Easier to Prevent than Treat

Tetanus is Easier to Prevent than Treat

Harold Newcomb

Bovine Veterinarian

The age-old saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is true for many animal health protocols, especially with some diseases being more difficult to treat than others. Tetanus is one such disease. Treatment is not dependably successful – fatality rates can approach 50 percent.

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Efficiency the Next Great Frontier, Genomic Enhancement will Get Us There

Efficiency the Next Great Frontier, Genomic Enhancement will Get Us There

Oklahoma Farm Report

Donnell Brown and his wife operate the seedstock end of the RA Brown Ranch out of Throckmorton, Texas. According to Brown, this is an exciting time to be in the business given the advancements in genomics over the years. In a recent interview with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, he shared what he is most excited about when it comes to the application of new technology and improved genomic traits.

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The Environmental Disease Called Pinkeye

The Environmental Disease Called Pinkeye

Russ Daly

South Dakota State University

Have you ever thought about how some years get labeled “bad years” for a certain animal disease? We remember that “bad year” for calf scours. Likewise, there are “bad years” for calf pneumonia and even “bad years” for breeding on pasture. What is it about those “bad years”? Are there years when there are just a lot more germs around for some random reason?

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China Boosts Beef Imports as Killer Hog Virus Blights Pork

China Boosts Beef Imports as Killer Hog Virus Blights Pork

Lydia Mulvany

Bloomberg News

With African swine fever carving a big chunk out of China’s hog herds, the world’s biggest meat consumer is turning to other types of locally produced and imported protein.  Hefty beef shipments from Australia signal that people in China are already switching away from pork to cattle meat, according to Alyssa Badger, director of global operations at HighGround Dairy in Chicago. And Ireland may increase beef exports to the country as well, she said.

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We’re Going To Be Short On Good Forage This Year

We’re Going To Be Short On Good Forage This Year

Mike Opperman

Weather hasn’t been kind to any farmer this spring. Corn and soybean plantings are way behind, and markets have reacted with expectations of a lower than expected harvest. Likewise, dairy producers from South Dakota to New York have found it difficult to get into fields and harvest first-crop alfalfa, pushing that harvest back as far as a week or more.

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Management Perspectives: Use of beef semen growing in dairy operations

Management Perspectives: Use of beef semen growing in dairy operations

Dr. Bob Hough
Western Livestock Journal

Staying profitable year in and year out in the farming and ranching business is not easily achieved. Perhaps there is no bigger case of this than with dairy farmers who have struggled with low fluid milk prices for years.

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Producers are invited to Grazing 102 course

Producers are invited to Grazing 102 course

Purdue University

Grazing 102, a two-day seminar designed to help producers more successfully run their grazing operations, will be held at the Southern Indiana Purdue Ag. Center, 11371 East Purdue Farm Road, Dubois, Ind., on June 21 & 22, 2019. Topics will include forage plant growth and development, soil fertility, forage identification, rotational grazing, fencing, and watering systems, and will include pasture walks and field tours to provide hands-on opportunities to identify forage and weed species and demonstrate rotational grazing.

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