Daily Archives: August 22, 2019

Pinkeye Possibilities Need A Second Look

Pinkeye Possibilities Need A Second Look

Dr. Ken McMillan

First, let’s review what pinkeye is and is not. Pinkeye is a generic term applied to all red, inflamed eyes, but most people use the term to refer to a specific disease, infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK). This disease is one of the most common of beef cattle worldwide.

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USDA Program Designers Struggle to Balance Cost vs. Incentive in Promoting Traceability Participation

USDA Program Designers Struggle to Balance Cost vs. Incentive in Promoting Traceability Participation

Oklahoma Farm Report

The United States Department of Agriculture is proposing the cattle industry transition to an electronic identification system to monitor livestock more efficiently and enhance its traceback capability in regard to animal disease purposes. In concert with that, Dr. James Mitchell, along with Dr. Glynn Tonsor of Kansas State University, have been conducting research looking at cattle producers’ and buyers’ willingness to adopt a cattle traceability system.

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Adding Value to Your Feeder Calves This Fall

Adding Value to Your Feeder Calves This Fall

Garth Ruff

Ohio State University

As summer slips past us yet again and with fall rapidly approaching it is time to discuss how to maximize the value of feeder calves that will be hitting the market in late September and October. If you have been following the cattle futures both fed cattle and feeders have been on a roller coaster here as of late.

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The Role of Markets in a Disaster

The Role of Markets in a Disaster

Derrel Peel

Northern AG Network

Markets are the primary means that the production and consumption of products are coordinated in the U.S. economy.  Normally markets ensure that supply and demand are in equilibrium, or close to it, at all times and respond to changing conditions through countless small adjustments made constantly by producers and consumers.

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Informed approach to finance is essential for success.

Informed approach to finance is essential for success.

Barb Baylor

Angus Journal

The right approach to financial success begins with separating business finances from personal finances. Frank Wardynski, Michigan State University says producers should maintain different checkbooks and credit cards for each, as well as independent accounting systems.

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Expected Progeny Differences for Profitability and Efficiency

Expected Progeny Differences for Profitability and Efficiency

Craig Askim and Samantha Lahman

North Dakota State University

A picture is worth a thousand words, unless those words ring false. Many times we find ourselves drawn to pictures, only skimming the text to follow. Most times this is not a problem, however, when it comes to the purchasing of bulls, it is always beneficial to look beyond the picture.

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Temple Grandin is Our Hero

Temple Grandin is Our Hero

Gene Johnston

Successful Farming

The Colorado State University animal science professor has fundamentally changed the field of animal handling over the course of her 40-year career as an educator and consultant. Her animal-friendly, gentler handling designs put emphasis on such things as curved chutes (cattle want to return to where they came from) and solid corral fences (no side distractions).

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Summer pasture concerns for cattle

Summer pasture concerns for cattle

Greg Berg

Canadian Cattlemen
Nathan Erickson, a veterinarian with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, talks about some of the challenges cattle producers have faced this summer in some parts of the Prairies and two of the high risk periods seen for pneumonia in calves.

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Early weaning cuts cow maintance cost

Early weaning cuts cow maintance cost

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

Weaning calves earlier than normal often comes to mind in dry years or when feed costs are high, as a way to extend available forage. But it could offer advantages amid this year’s forage bounty, too.

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Marketing Cull Cows:  Understanding What Determines Value

Marketing Cull Cows:  Understanding What Determines Value

Ron Gill, Ph.D.

Texas A&M University

Under drought conditions it is likely many operations will experience lower conception rates than normal. Feed costs and uncertainty about growing seasons next year make culling of these open cows appear to be the correct management decision. In an average year, cull cows will represent 10-20% of gross revenue on a cow-calf operation

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