Daily Archives: December 17, 2019

Managing the Pregnant Female

Managing the Pregnant Female

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

Think about the amount of time that a calf spends within its dam’s uterus. For a normal pregnancy, gestation can range from 279 to 287 days, or roughly nine months. That’s a longer period of time than a calf will spend in any other single phase of production — more days than it will spend nursing its mother, as a growing stocker animal or in a finishing yard.

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Consider Culling Cows With Mastitis

Consider Culling Cows With Mastitis

Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN

Mastitis is an infection of the mammary gland. It is one of the most common and costly diseases in dairy cattle. In dairy cattle, it is usually easy to detect and treat; but note that I said “treat,” not “successfully treat.” This is something dairy farmers are all too familiar with.

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Beef 509 Program to be Held in February

Beef 509 Program to be Held in February

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

The Ohio Beef Council (OBC) will hold its Beef 509 educational event at The Ohio State University. The Beef 509 program is held to raise the awareness level about the beef that is produced and what goes into producing a high-quality and consistent product.

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Research continues on feedlot PAP problems

Research continues on feedlot PAP problems

Dr. Bob Hough

Wester Livestock Journal

The problem of pulmonary hypertension and congestive heart failure for cattle at high altitude, as well as market-ready feedlot cattle, continues to be a focus for research. The development of EPDs (expected progeny differences) for the indicator trait pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP) is also progressing.

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Picking replacement heifers?

Picking replacement heifers?

The Cattle Business Weekly

Late fall is the time many cattle producers are weaning spring born calves and making selections for replacement females. Trying to decide if replacement heifers should be kept and, if so, the best way for making that decision was a recent discussion topic for Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute professors Bob Larson and Bob Weaber. Larson, a veterinarian, said the decision to keep heifers depends on the priorities of the operation.

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Your Hay Storage Impacts Quality and Quantity

Your Hay Storage Impacts Quality and Quantity

Dave Dugan

Midwest Beef Producer

Where and how hay is stored can have a huge impact on the quality and quantity that’s available to be used for feed. With the calendar turning to November/December, and the temperatures dropping below freezing for several mornings the time to feed hay is near, if not already here. Several have been feeding hay due to the pasture situation following a dry pasture following dry September that included several 90 degree plus days that zapped much of the grass.

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The Science Behind the Stockman: Fetal Programing

The Science Behind the Stockman:  Fetal Programing

Dr. N.T. Cosby

Brangus Journal

To define stockmanship might be akin to describing leadership. Both terms are difficult to define, but we know it when we see it. We’ve probably all been around or are familiar with a stockman, and in every case, that term is reserved as a high compliment to describe the individual.

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Real Solution Offered to Combat Artificial Protein Marketing

Real Solution Offered to Combat Artificial Protein Marketing
California Cattleman

THE PROBLEM: In recent years, ultra-processed alternative protein products have begun to proliferate the marketplace. These products ”bleed” like real meat, ”sizzle” like real meat, and are being marketed to real meat eaters under the guise that these products are more than just an imitation, they are a superior replacement to real meat products. Rather than empower consumers to make informed purchasing decisions by way of accurate and truthful labeling, a growing number of imitation products are relying on clever marketing campaigns and flagrantly deceptive labeling practices as a means of growing their market share.

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Beef Checkoff spurs demand

Beef Checkoff spurs demand

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

An extra dollar invested in Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB) Beef Checkoff-funded activities returned $11.91 to beef industry profit for 2014-18, according to independent research conducted by Harry M. Kaiser, Gellert Family professor of applied economics and management at Cornell University.

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Gregs grazing tip grazed, 60 day rested stockpiled fescue/clover sward.

Gregs grazing tip grazed, 60 day rested stockpiled fescue/clover sward.

Greg Judy Regenerative Rancher

Green forage that is a perennial and never needs planting is a plus. No seeding, just graze what nature gives you. Keep your hard earned money in your pocket instead of giving it to the input folks.