Daily Archives: July 5, 2019

Caps And Cattle Clutter

Caps And Cattle Clutter

Tom Brink


My bride of almost 34 years recently suggested the pile of caps on the top shelf in our closet needed downsizing. “There’s probably caps up there you have not worn in 10 years,” she said politely. Her estimate was conservative. Truth is, some had never been worn at all, while others were nearly as old as the younger members of the RAAA staff. The bottom of the pile was being smashed by the dozens stacked on top of them, which, as any cap connoisseur knows, is not a good thing.

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Weaning basics help keep calves healthy

Weaning basics help keep calves healthy

Heather Smith Thomas

Beef Magazine

There are many ways to wean calves, but the goal is to wean them with the least stress possible — to keep calves healthy and growing and gaining weight — without any setbacks. Since weaning can be a stress that makes calves more vulnerable to disease, you want calves to have peak immunity at that time in their lives. If at all possible, vaccinate calves beforehand. Work with your veterinarian to develop a herd health system that works for your ranch.

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Jerry Ballard, Hereford Breeder, Ohio Leader Passes

Jerry Ballard, Hereford Breeder, Ohio Leader Passes

Times Recorder

erry Ballard, 80, threw his last bale of hay on June 29th, 2019, while surrounded by family at Morrison House in Zanesville, Ohio. Walnut Hills Farm, which later became Ballard Stock Farm, was one of the preeminent Polled Hereford and Angus cattle breeders in North America. Over the span of almost 60 years, Jerry won numerous local, state and national Grand Champion and Premier Breeder awards at many fairs and shows.

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Is alternative meat healthier than real?

Is alternative meat healthier than real?

CBS News

Many Americans will spend the Fourth of July barbecuing — but for a growing number, traditional meat will not be on the menu. “Beyond Burger” and “Impossible Burger” have exploded in popularity; the two alternative meat brands are available in more than 40,000 restaurants and grocery stores combined. Dr. Tara Narula joins “CBS This Morning” for “Morning Rounds,” to discuss if alternative meat is healthier than the real deal.

External Parasite Control Reduces Chances of Pinkeye and Anaplasmosis

External Parasite Control Reduces Chances of Pinkeye and Anaplasmosis

Bovine Veterinarian

Anaplasmosis and pinkeye are cattle problems that negatively impact the health, performance, and profit potential of the cattle operation according to University of Missouri Extension Livestock Field Specialist Patrick Davis. “External parasite control may help reduce these problems,” said Davis.

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Vet Advice: Spot and treat foot rot early

Vet Advice: Spot and treat foot rot early

Dr. Ron Clarke

Canadian Cattlemen

Foot rot is an acute and highly infectious disease of cattle characterized by swelling and lameness. The condition is extremely painful. If not treated promptly, the infection invades other structures in the foot including bones, joints and tendons, complicating treatment and delaying recovery.

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Proper practices increase vaccine efficiency

Proper practices increase vaccine efficiency

Barbara Duckworth

The Western Producer

Cows need at least 150 days of protection after conception to prevent the fetus from picking up the disease in-utero and being born persistently infected. Considering it takes 42 to 60 days to get all cows pregnant during a breeding season, the cow needs 190 to 210 days of protection.

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Livestock Grazing Distribution:  Considerations and Management

Livestock Grazing Distribution:  Considerations and Management

Robert K. Lyons and Richard V. Machen

AgriLife Extension

Grazing distribution is a major concern for livestock managers. Livestock do not graze randomly—they often prefer some grazing sites over others. This tendency can cause grazing distribution to be uneven over the range

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Take a look inside one of the nation’s largest cattle feedlots

Take a look inside one of the nation’s largest cattle feedlots

Michelle Miller


According to the USDA, 98 percent of farms in the U.S. are family farms. But I was excited to tour the 2 percent — a corporate farm owned by J.R. Simplot Company, where they have more than 150,000 head of beef cattle and over a hundred employees at this one Idaho location. It’s a real live “corporate” farm that may also be referred to as a “factory” farm.

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Nitrate toxicity poses risk to cattle

Nitrate toxicity poses risk to cattle


Haying and grazing season is underway across North Dakota, and experts are reminding livestock producers about the issue of nitrate toxicity. Janna Block, livestock systems specialist at North Dakota State University’s Hettinger Research Extension Center, says nitrate toxicity is a potential issue for livestock consuming small-grain forages (wheat, oats, rye, triticale and barley), sorghum and sudangrass, and corn used for hay or silage.

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