Daily Archives: August 8, 2019

Traceability program to help industry plan animal disease response.

Traceability program to help industry plan animal disease response.

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

Its purpose is to show that an industry-driven animal traceability program can work, providing for the common good while protecting the privacy of individual cattle producers. Dubbed CattleTrace, it’s a proactive effort to develop a cowboy-friendly system enabling the cattle industry to respond rapidly to an animal disease threat.

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Reduce Your Feed Costs This Winter With These Tips for Extending Your Grazing Season

Reduce Your Feed Costs This Winter With These Tips for Extending Your Grazing Season

Chad Cheyney

On Pasture

Winter feeding accounts for 40+% of the cost of producing a calf, so reducing or eliminating this bad habit can help keep your ranch in the black. One way to reduce winter feeding costs is to extend the period that cattle harvest their own feed by grazing.

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Sale Barn Veteran’s Secrets to Hitting Top of the Range

Sale Barn Veteran’s Secrets to Hitting Top of the Range

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Any given week, it’s not unusual to see a $20 range in feeder calf prices. What’s the difference between those calves that sell at the bottom of that price range and those that sell near the top?  Sale barn veteran Jim Akers says a few simple steps can help make a producer’s calf crop more valuable to buyers. It all starts with a good reputation.

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Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s Deal with the EU to Increase Market Access for US Beef

Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s Deal with the EU to Increase Market Access for US Beef

Oklahoma Farm Report

This past Friday, President Donald Trump presided over a news conference announcing a deal between the European Union and the United States that will increase access for US beef exports into the EU. For about a decade, the US has exported beef to the EU as part of a 45,000 mt. quota that was specifically established by the EU for the US.

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Cow Udder Score and Calf Performance in the Nebraska Sandhills

Cow Udder Score and Calf Performance in the Nebraska Sandhills

Joslyn K. Beard, Jacki A. Musgrave, Rick N. Funston and J. Travis Mulliniks

University of Nebraska

Frequently, cows having poor udder conformation are culled from herds.  Research has indicated that defects in teat shape and size may inhibit a calf’s ability to nurse, negatively impacting milk intake and calf gain.  Other research findings have reported calves sucking dams with only one functional teat had similar growth and performance as compared to calves sucking dams with all functional teats.

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Windrow grazing: an alternative to feeding hay in the fall and winter

Windrow grazing: an alternative to feeding hay in the fall and winter

Western Livestock Journal

Harvested feed costs can be one of the largest expenses to cattle producers. Windrow grazing, sometimes called swath grazing, is a management practice that can significantly reduce harvesting and feeding costs. Swathing the crop and leaving the windrows in the field provides several advantages.

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Thousands across nation attend A&M’s annual Beef Cattle Short Course

Thousands across nation attend A&M’s annual Beef Cattle Short Course

Kenny Wiley

The Eagle

More than 2,300 agriculture producers and ranchers from across the United States and beyond have descended upon College Station for the annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, which began Sunday and concludes midday Wednesday.

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Who has benefited from the shift to heavier cattle?

Who has benefited from the shift to heavier cattle?

Brenda Schoepp

Alberta Express

I had given a century-old Stockman’s Manual to a young rancher as a gift. As we leafed through the pages, it was pretty evident how cattle, particularly British cattle, have changed over the years. Once mostly horned, short legged, deep in body, wide in loin and very haired up, they look very little like the long-legged, heavier and smooth-haired creatures of today.

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The Value of Grazed Corn Residue for Crop and Cattle Producers

The Value of Grazed Corn Residue for Crop and Cattle Producers

NoTill Farmer

The Western Corn Belt has historically been corn and wheat cropping systems with cattle integrated on nearby grasslands. Recent agricultural production data ranked Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, and North Dakota in the top 10 states for both corn and beef cattle production in the United States.

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First Cattle U offered attendees practical knowledge to take back to their herds

First Cattle U offered attendees practical knowledge to take back to their herds

Kylene Scott

High Plains Journal

High Plains Journal welcomed a few hundred cattlemen and women to its first Cattle U and Trade Show, July 31 and Aug. 1 in Dodge City, Kansas, at the United Wireless Arena. Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam kicked off the event July 31 during the general session and drew upon his experiences with the Kansas Livestock Association to give attendees some insight on how the Kansas Department of Agriculture is working for them.

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