Daily Archives: July 9, 2019

Increase the feed or reduce the need

Increase the feed or reduce the need

Stan Smith

Ohio Farmer

Seldom do we talk about forage shortages and above-normal precipitation in the same breath. Regardless, that’s where we are now throughout Ohio and much of the Midwest. Over the past year, abundant rainfall has allowed us to grow lots of forage. Unfortunately, it seems the weather has seldom allowed us to harvest it as high-quality feed.

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Mud-free cattle watering improves environment

Mud-free cattle watering improves environment

Tom J Bechman

Prairie Farmer

If you’ve fought mud in a livestock operation this year, you’ll appreciate what Ted Willer did to reduce mud around areas where his cattle congregate to drink. Willer manages Willer Timber Ridge near Greencastle, Ind. It’s a seedstock operation primarily providing commercial bulls for Angus producers across the country.

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Feeling Buried by All the EPDs Out There? University of Nebraska’s Matt Spangler May be Able to Help

Feeling Buried by All the EPDs Out There? University of Nebraska’s Matt Spangler May be Able to Help

Oklahoma Farm Report

Spangler explains that a research project conducted in collaboration with Kansas State University, the US Meat Animal Research Center, and Theta Solutions, LLC, will soon yield a web-based tool for producers to use to develop their own customizable index based on their herd level economics and production levels. This tool will enable indices to be developed by bull buyers and can be applied, across breeds, to bulls on offer that a commercial bull buyer is interested in.

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Planning for a Potentially Short Hay Inventory on the Ranch

Planning for a Potentially Short Hay Inventory on the Ranch

Aaron Berger, Troy Walz

University of Nebraska

The abundant spring and early summer moisture we have received in Nebraska has been record setting in many areas and has resulted in hay meadows and fields being inundated with water.  Even if the rain stops, for many producers, these flooded hay meadows and fields will produce significantly less this year, due to the damage caused to forage stands by the standing water. 

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Protocol Confusion Cleared Up

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Dr. Ken McMillan

I like Lutalyse HighCon for a number of reasons. One big plus for me is this is labeled for subcutaneous (SQ) and intramuscular use. Prostaglandins can lead to inflammation of muscles and an increased risk of clostridial disease, especially when poor injection techniques are used. I have had several mature cows develop blackleg during the years after Lutalyse was injected in the hip. I am also betting dirty needles were involved.

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On Target: Weaning diet options

On Target: Weaning diet options

Justin Sexten

Western Livestock Journal

Spring-calving herds, depending on rainfall and temperatures, may be weeks or months away from weaning. For many operations, that will bring the challenge of feeding weaned calves for a short transition period. That’s when nutrition is critical to end-product quality, because it influences both marbling development and calf health, which in turn also affects later quality grade.

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Making corn silage work for stockers and backgrounders

Making corn silage work for stockers and backgrounders

H Nielsen, Renato Schmidt and Angel Aguilar

Progressive Cattleman

Stockers and backgrounders are growing cattle in the truest sense. Here, the animal uses much of its energy to gain weight and strengthen its immune system against disease challenges. The name of the game for stockers and backgrounders is to make the best use of available forages. Corn silage is gaining popularity as a common part of the stocker and/or backgrounder ration where, traditionally, operations have used wheat straw or low-quality hay.

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Agriculture department wants to help farm kids with stress

Agriculture department wants to help farm kids with stress

John Nguyen


State officials say the financial and emotional challenges affecting Minnesota farmers has hit farm kids even harder. “We all know that kids feel the stress that the families feel, even if it’s not being talked about,” said Monica McConkey, a licensed professional counselor.

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Why The Cattle Industry Might Not Use A Drug That Cuts The Pollution of Manure and Pee

Why The Cattle Industry Might Not Use A Drug That Cuts The Pollution of Manure and Pee

Corinne Boyer


Nearly all American cattle spend their final months in massive feedlots, munching on feed designed to fatten them for slaughter.  But not all that goes into the beasts transforms to beef.  Their four-chamber-stomach digestive systems continually seep all forms of gasses, including the powerful greenhouse gas methane they burp up silently and constantly.

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FDA Approves Generic Monensin Product

FDA Approves Generic Monensin Product

John Maday


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Monovet 90, manufactured by Huvepharma EOOD, the first generic monensin for use in cattle and goats. In its approval notice, the FDA notes that Monensin is an ionophore, which is an antimicrobial not used in humans; therefore, use of this drug does not raise antimicrobial resistance concerns. 

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