Daily Archives: November 4, 2019

Baxter Black, DVM:  A Hundred Years From Now

Baxter Black, DVM:  A Hundred Years From Now

Life has always been a balancing act between the haves and have-nots.

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Fetal programming’s past, present, and future

Fetal programming’s past, present, and future

Beef Magazine

“Fetal programming knowledge gives us the insight we need to manage our herds differently—ensuring pregnant cows are well nourished,” says Patrick Gunn, Ph.D. and beef technical sales consultant with Purina Animal Nutrition

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Rubber slat impact on cattle studied

Rubber slat impact on cattle studied

Agri News

The Illinois Beef Association Board of Governors recently approved funding for a research project at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for understanding how cattle respond to feeding on different flooring strategies in slatted buildings. The $50,000 research study was recommended for funding to the board by the Illinois Beef Association research committee and will be awarded to Joshua McCann, University of Illinois assistant professor of animal sciences; Dan Shike, U of I associate professor of animal sciences; Travis Meteer, U of I beef Extension specialist; and Courtney Hayes, U of I agricultural animal care and use program veterinarian.

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Angus Leader, Master Breeder Bill Conley Passes

Angus Leader, Master Breeder Bill Conley Passes

Under his leadership, Gibbet Hill Farm became the gold standard in the Angus cattle business, selling progeny in forty-seven states and in many foreign countries. Descendants of the cattle Bill raised in Groton are heavily sought after to this day.  The overwhelming support he received from colleagues in the industry led to his election as president of the American Angus Association in 1983. One of Bill’s proudest achievements while part of the leadership in the Angus business, was his participation in the creation of the Certified Angus Beef program in the late 1970’s, which is now a globally recognized brand some forty years later.

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Baleage is an Option for Dealing with Wet Fall Harvest Conditions

Baleage is an Option for Dealing with Wet Fall Harvest Conditions

Iowa State University

Wet conditions have created significant challenges this year for producers who are working to put up hay for winter forage needs. Shorter days and cooler fall temperatures add to the challenge of putting up dry hay. Producers who still need to put up hay this fall may want to consider making baleage as an option for dealing with cold and wet weather conditions.

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Red meat is not bad for you or climate change

Red meat is not bad for you or climate change

Will Coggin

USA Today

Imagine ordering dinner at your favorite restaurant. You know what you want without hesitation: a perfectly marbled 8-ounce steak cooked medium rare. Just before you order, your date tells you they’ve read that cows cause climate change and that meat might be unhealthy. Suddenly, the Caesar salad seems like a better option.

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Something rotten: Looking for foot rot

Something rotten: Looking for foot rot


The Eagle

When cattle stand in muddy areas for prolonged periods of time, it is wise to check frequently for foot rot. This condition is most prevalent during periods of wet weather, although it can occur at any time.

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Crops & Water: Be careful when grazing cattle on downed corn

Crops & Water: Be careful when grazing cattle on downed corn

Sarah Sivits

The Grand Island Independent

Regardless of the damage that occurred, there may still be ears left in the field after harvest. Leftover corn can be an opportunity for cattle producers if grazed carefully. Prior to grazing, count the number of ears dropped at three different spots in the field.

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Steak and the greater good: Confronting the harsh realities of beef production

Steak and the greater good: Confronting the harsh realities of beef production

Benjamin Lopez

The Battalion

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Sometimes science tells us exactly what we want to hear. We read an article extolling the virtues of coffee and pump the air in triumph as we brew a fresh cup. Other times, science is a cruel teacher, telling us what we’re doing is wrong and we should be ashamed of sneaking that bag of chips in class.

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Cover crop valued as cattle feed

Cover crop valued as cattle feed


Cover crops are known to protect soil and water quality. They also can offer valuable livestock feed, according to Iowa State University research. Until now there’s been little reliable Iowa-based information to assess the value and viability of cover crop feedstock for Iowa’s cattle industry, which represents an estimated $4 to $6 billion of economic activity in the state.

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