Daily Archives: December 31, 2019

The Most Important Meal:  Setting up newborns for success

The Most Important Meal:  Setting up newborns for success

Troy Smith

Range Beef Cow Symposium

Elaborating on the importance of colostrum, or “first milk,” that a dam provides at the onset of lactation, Vander Ley explained that calves are born with a naïve immune system. Ingestion of colostrum provides a passive transfer of antibodies, as well as nutrition. This loan of antibodies from the dam lasts about two weeks, providing a measure of protection while the calf develops its own immunity.

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What’s in Your Sale Catalog?

What’s in Your Sale Catalog?

Gelbvieh World

A lot of information is included in a sale catalog. This year, make sure that the information that you do put in the sale catalog is working hard to promote your cattle and your operation. Make sure to list the sale date, location, and start time on the cover. It seems like a simple thing that doesn’t require a reminder, but it can be such an obvious detail that it’s easily overlooked! You want your first-time customers to make it to your sale, so make sure good directions to the sale facility are included. Then of course, contact information; providing an open line of communication gets people calling for information on the sale cattle.
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Genetic Excellence: It’s more than a phrase or the name

Genetic Excellence: It’s more than a phrase or the name

Lindsay King

Angus Journal

Three by Three, Genetic Excellence: It’s more than a phrase or the name of a 15-year-old bull sale; it’s what three Tennessee Angus producers strive for in their own herd and every bull they feed out for the sale. by Lindsay King, assistant editorFed up with tire-kickers and long-winded negotiations for just one bill of sale, Kent Brown and Richard Brown formulated a plan. Hatched 20 years ago, this plan didn’t come to fruition until 2004 in the form of the Genetic Excellence Bull Sale.

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Breaking the Ice

Breaking the Ice

Christine Gelley

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

With the cold finally settling in, keeping free flowing water available can be a challenge, especially if you do not have access to electricity or in ground waterers. Tis the season to carry a heavy blunt object with you while you check the livestock. To provide the best care possible to our livestock, water access 24/7 needs to continue to be a priority in the winter.

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Devastating Livestock Dealer Defaults Could Go Away

Devastating Livestock Dealer Defaults Could Go Away

Andy Schwab

Northern AG Network

In the 2018 Farm Bill, Congress instructed USDA to examine the feasibility of establishing a livestock Dealer Statutory Trust and provide a report within one year. Based on its analysis of industry data, public input, and experience with the livestock industry, USDA finds that it would be feasible to implement a livestock Dealer Statutory Trust.

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Choose electrolyte ingredients based on the calf’s needs

Choose electrolyte ingredients based on the calf’s needs

Robert B Corbett DVM

Bovine Veterinarian

Diarrhea is the most common calfhood disease, followed by pneumonia.  Dehydration and acidosis are the most important issues to correct in the majority of diarrhea cases. Most individuals responsible for treating sick calves understand the importance of rehydrating the calf and are familiar with the use of oral electrolyte solutions.

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Extreme weather issues across the U.S. result in high risk for mycotoxins in corn silage.

Extreme weather issues across the U.S. result in high risk for mycotoxins in corn silage.

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

The past year has been one of the most challenging years in recent memory for corn farmers across the Midwest due to excessive rainfall, which has resulted in delayed and/or prevented planting in many areas. Extreme weather conditions and moisture levels can reduce yields and induce plant stress, and they can also lead to future issues for the crop, including molds and mycotoxins.

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Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic to be held Jan. 9

Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic to be held Jan. 9

Laura Muntean

The Eagle

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be hosting the 39th annual Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic on Jan. 9 at the Milam County Youth Exposition Building, 301 S. Houston St. in Cameron.

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AABP Updates Dehorning Guidelines

AABP Updates Dehorning Guidelines


In 2014, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) established guidelines for the dehorning and castration of calves. On a regular basis, the AABP reviews and updates its guidelines to make continual improvements over time and to make sure they incorporate the latest scientific evidence and recommendations. In 2019, the AABP separated the guidelines for dehorning (updated November 2019) from castration (updated August 2019).

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What’s ahead for beef?

What’s ahead for beef?

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

Since this is the time of year for outlooks, be they right or wrong, let’s look at what the economists who write the Daily Livestock Report (DLR) think about the beef cutout. Why is that important? After all, that’s a long way from the calving pasture. It’s important because what happens at the wholesale and retail end of the beef marketing chain affects you at marketing time and ultimately, affects the genetic decisions you make.

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