Daily Archives: October 31, 2019

Marketing advice for cattle affected by cold spring

Marketing advice for cattle affected by cold spring

Western Livestock Journal

In the spring of 2019, the Northern and Central Plains regions experienced extremely cold and snowy weather. The sub-zero temperatures during calving season caused many calves to lose their ears and tails to frostbite, which can then cause cattle buyers to discount those calves during fall sales, says Bryon Parman, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension agricultural finance specialist.

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Pink Eye Treatments

Pink Eye Treatments

Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN

There can be a lot of price disparity when comparing name-brand products to generics. It’s true the FDA requires generic versions of products contain the same active ingredient(s), but it does not require they have the same inactive ingredients. The thinking is inactive ingredients should have no effect on the drug’s therapeutic action. I believe it can make a difference.

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Hay, just how bad is it?

Hay, just how bad is it?

Ted Wiseman, and Dean Kreager

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

You may be thinking enough already with the hay quality talk. Many articles have been sent out on this topic starting before some people even baled their first cutting. Last year a lot of the hay was very poor quality and many animals lost significant weight through the winter.

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Be Wary of Grazing Covers After a Freeze

Be Wary of Grazing Covers After a Freeze

Successful Farming

Remember all those prevented-plant acres on which farmers planted haying or grazing crops? It’s time to think about how frosty temperatures influence those plants and the animals that graze them, according to Ben Beckman and Megan Taylor, Extension educators at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Flexible management is the key to heifer development

Flexible management is the key to heifer development

Zach McFarlane

Progressive Cattle

Keep or cull? This is an annual question beef producers ask themselves. Most producers focus on pregnancy outcome. However, a statement I have often heard is the following: “Well, this cow has always produced a good calf.”

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Preventative Calf Health Q&A

Preventative Calf Health Q&A

Purina Mills
Getting calves from the farm to the packer with fewer instances of Bovine Respiratory Disease means more profit along the entire beef production chain. The cattle industry must work together to find innovative solutions, since changing consumer demands have already translated into impactful Veterinary Feed Directive regulations.

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Why I’m troubled by society’s skewed relationship with animals

Why I’m troubled by society’s skewed relationship with animals

Amanda Radke
Beef Magazine

It starts at a young age. I call it, “The Disney Effect.” Kids are introduced to friendly animated animal characters on the big screen, and all too often, the caregiver of the animals is an afterthought supporting character at best or a villain at worst.

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Cattle Mutilations and a Satanic Cult? 

Cattle Mutilations and a Satanic Cult? 

Bend Source
Cayla Clark

Over the course of the past three decades, over 10,000 animals across the U.S. have been systematically and inexplicably mutilated.  In 1975, Kansas ranchers Stanley and Carol Post discovered one of their cows dead—a hematoma on its head, its genitalia and udders surgically removed.

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The modern cowboy and the future of livestock operations

The modern cowboy and the future of livestock operations

Aleeya Laureola

Ag Daily

With the rise of self-driving tractors, motion-activated cameras, and livestock monitoring smartphone apps, it is clear the agricultural industry is adapting to the future one innovation at a time.

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We’re very close to disrupting the cow

We’re very close to disrupting the cow

Tony SebaCatherine Tubb

Fast Company

This is not just one disruption: it’s death by a thousand cuts. In our new report, “Rethinking Food and Agriculture 2020-2030,” we analyze the way many different products derived from the cow—from burgers and milk to leather and collagen—will be completely disrupted separately and concurrently by new technologies and business models, which overlap, reinforce, and accelerate each other.

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