Monthly Archives: December 2019

Considerations for Cull Cows

Considerations for Cull Cows

Olivia Amundson

Feedlot Magazine

The last year was difficult to say the least, from a wet, muddy spring and late planting to an early, wet fall and difficult harvest. Unfortunately, for cow calf producers, the repercussions were seen during pregnancy detection this year, as the number of slaughter cows within the state were abundant due to open cows.

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Putting Birth Weight and Calving Ease Direct to work

Putting Birth Weight and Calving Ease Direct to work

Jaclyn Krymowski

Progressive Cattleman

Cow-calf producers always strive to set their heifers up for success, especially when it comes to first calvings. A low-stress calving and a live calf are some of best ways to turn a heifer into a reliable cow. Thanks to years of data collection and careful research, reliable expected progeny differences (EPDs) play a vital role in mating selections.

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Cory Booker’s Assault on Modern Animal Agriculture Comes from the HSUS Playbook

Cory Booker’s Assault on Modern Animal Agriculture Comes from the HSUS Playbook

Oklahoma Farm Report

New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker has called for radical changes and harsh oversight against modern production agriculture multiple times in recent years- and earlier this week unveiled legislation that he contends will revitalize independent family farm agriculture and ensure a level playing field for all farmers and ranchers.

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Two leasing arrangements explained 

Two leasing arrangements explained 

Kasey Brown

The Cattle Business Weekly

Leasing cattle is a great option for established cow herd owners who don’t want to do the day-to-day work. It can be a way to transition the operation to another generation. It can also be a way for new cattlemen to get into the business while needing a bit less capital.

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Veterinarian offers tips for correcting malpresentations at calving.

Veterinarian offers tips for correcting malpresentations at calving.

Troy Smith

Range Beef Cow Symposium XXVI

Many if not most cow-calf producers eagerly anticipate the coming of calving season, anxious to see the latest calf crop. However, the season can be colored by angst, too, when producers must deal with calving difficulty. In an ideal world, all cows and heifers would calve unassisted, but in the real world it’s advantageous for producers to know how to recognize dystocia and to know when and how to intervene in the delivery of a calf.

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Running the numbers on bale processors

Running the numbers on bale processors

Bruce Derksen

Canadian Cattlemen

When I was growing up, if someone had mentioned the words “bale processor,” I would have assumed they were describing my twice-daily task of manually transporting heavy square bales from the stack through herds of playful cattle intent on destroying them before they reached their destination.

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Beef export profits awaiting passage of USMCA

Beef export profits awaiting passage of USMCA

Drew Powell

Amarillo 7 News

The GOP held Senate is expected to pass the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, known as the USMCA, at the beginning of the new year. Once the deal is signed into law by the U.S. and the other two countries, it will impact ranchers and farmers in the Texas Panhandle and across the country. “Everybody wants U.S. beef and we produce more beef in this area than any place else in the country,” said Josh Winegarner, TCFA Director of Industry Affairs.

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Feed Supplements: Changes in Distillers’ Grains

Feed Supplements: Changes in Distillers’ Grains

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Business

Distillers’ grains are a byproduct of the ethanol industry and have become a common supplement for beef cattle to add protein in the diet. The fat content is also beneficial. In recent years, however, many ethanol plants have been reducing fat levels in the residue that ends up as cattle feed. Cattle producers need to be aware that nutrient levels can vary greatly, depending on where you purchase the distillers’ grains.

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Here’s why modern feedyards are vital to producing beef

Here’s why modern feedyards are vital to producing beef

Nevil Speer

Beef Magazine

I doubt many readers missed it. But in the event you did, or need a refresher, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) recently announced his intention to overhaul the meat industry. That would result from legislation he’s planning on introducing (apparently in the next session) that would include restoration of mandatory country-of-origin labeling (mCOOL), revision of the Packers and Stockyards Act and elimination of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) by 2040.

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A New Era of Disease Resistant Cattle for Smarter Food Safety

A New Era of Disease Resistant Cattle for Smarter Food Safety

Tri State Livestock News

A Legacy Genetics (ALG) a family-owned, innovative cattle genetics company in Texas and Oklahoma, has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to move forward and fast track further research and development of heat and disease resistant cattle as part of the FDA’s initiative “A New Era of Smarter Food Safety. This research will be a continuation of ALG’s work with the University of Florida’s Range Cattle Research and Education Center and The University of Puerto Rico’s Department of Animal Science

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Stockmanship is Key During A.I. Breeding Projects

Stockmanship is Key During A.I. Breeding Projects

Justin Hergenreder

Genex
It’s important to practice good stockmanship skills whenever handling cattle, but it’s especially important when you have a group of females set up for A.I. Realize this is going to be the third time in 20 days the females have gone through your facilities, you have manipulated their hormones and, if you’re A.I.ing cows, there are now calves involved. That might sound like a lot at first, but the results next spring or fall will be well worth it!

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Internal Parasites

Internal Parasites

David Boxler

Midwest Beef Producer

. . . Mature cows acquire a degree of immunity to parasites that reside in the lower gastrointestinal tract. Parasite loads are most damaging in mature cows near calving because immunity is suppressed. Cows, especially dairy, in early lactation ar1 often in a negative energy balance due to the stress of lactation. These cattle are affected more than cows in later lactation, when smaller levels o milk are produced. Bulls are typically susceptible to internal parasites More than cows.

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Marketing Seedstock Cattle

Marketing Seedstock Cattle

Grace Vehige

Gelbvieh World

As an agricultural communications student, l have been presented with a multitude of learning opportunities. In many of my communications courses, I am constantly told the most important aspect of a communications campaign is identifying the audience and purpose for it. Similar to marketing seedstock cattle, identifying your target audience should be your first priority. Marketing seedstock cattle is very different than marketing commercial cattle. There are marketing differences in prices, product value, customers and much more.

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Looking Forward to 2020

Looking Forward to 2020

Angus Beef Bulletin

The U.S. rural economy will continue to face headwinds in 2020 and is expected to underperform relative to the economy of urban America. Since 2014, GDP growth in rural counties has averaged almost 1% less than in urban counties. That trend is likely to continue without a significant upswing in agricultural commodity prices, energy exploration, rural manufacturing and other industries upon which rural economic growth depend.

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USDA to survey cattle producers

USDA to survey cattle producers

Clint Walker

Journal Gazette Times Courier

In January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey more than 40,000 cattle operations nationwide, including 900 in Illinois, to provide an up-to-date measure of U.S. cattle inventories.

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Nature vs. Nurture in animal performance

Nature vs. Nurture in animal performance

Reynold Bergen

Canadian Cattlemen

Nothing is ever as simple as we think it is or wish it was. We’ve known for centuries that an animal’s performance, health, behaviour and other traits depend on a combination of their genetics and their environment. The genetics are inherited from their parents. Environmental influences are not inherited.

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Getting the Herd Ready for Rebreeding Fall-Calving Cows

Getting the Herd Ready for Rebreeding Fall-Calving Cows

Tri State Livestock News

In a deadline driven world, often it is our past successes and failures that carry us forward and that is true of the cow herd as well. Now is the time when fall calvers are in the breeding cycle.

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Dr. Doug Hixon recognized as 2020 Friend of the National Western

Dr. Doug Hixon recognized as 2020 Friend of the National Western

Western Livestock Journal

In recognition of his contributions to the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) and the University of Wyoming over more than three decades of service, the Red Meat Club of Denver has named Dr. Doug Hixon the 2020 Friend of the National Western. Hixon will be honored at the group’s annual meeting at the National Western Club on Jan. 16, 2020.

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4 ways cover crops protect natural resources

4 ways cover crops protect natural resources

Prairie Farmer

From unprecedented flooding during critical planting periods leading to delays in fall harvest to the brutal winter that battered livestock operations, 2019 was a trying time for most agricultural producers.

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Developing A Forage Plan

Developing A Forage Plan

Jodi Henke

Successful Farming

When the pasture greens up and ready for grazing, be sure there is enough quality forage. Planning now can reduce forage costs and enhance productivity.  Dan Undersander is an extension Forage Specialist at the University of Wisconsin. He says the general rule is two-to-four-acres per thousand pounds of animal. The pasture’s tonnage output should be evaluated, but forage density is also a big consideration.

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