Daily Archives: January 7, 2020


Baxter Black:  COW DISTURBER

McGraw posed an interesting question.  If a cowboy herds a herd of cattle, we call him a herder.  If a sheepman herds a flock of sheep, he’s still a herder.  Why isn’t he called a flocker?

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Burning Your Bottom Line: How Hot Hay Changes Forage Quality

Burning Your Bottom Line: How Hot Hay Changes Forage Quality

Ben Beckman


Hay put up too wet can lead to a number of issues, most notably mold and heat.  Moisture keeps otherwise dormant microbes and fungi active, decreasing forage quality and creating heat.  Too much heat can actually create a risk of combustion.

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Feed, livestock impact from bushfires in Australia

Feed, livestock impact from bushfires in Australia

Jane Byrne

Feed Navigator

Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate, and nearly half a billion animals have been lost due to the bushfires ravaging the country. The fires have been made worse by the drought conditions and record-breaking temperatures.

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Good things can happen when marbling leads selection criteria.

Good things can happen when marbling leads selection criteria.

Steve Suther

Angus Beef Bulletin

What happens to a commercial Angus herd after 23 years of selection led by marbling? No worries, really, just premium opportunities. That’s the nutshell from veteran Iowa State University (ISU) animal scientist Dan Loy, whose team recently authored a white paper based on data from their quality-selected Angus herd. In November, Loy reminded producers at the Angus Convention in Reno, “Reproduction in the cow herd is very complex. There’s a genetic component — that’s the big box across the top — but it’s impacted by the environment and nutrition at different stages. There are a lot of moving parts.”

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Short on hay this winter? Try corn for mature beef cattle

Short on hay this winter? Try corn for mature beef cattle

Tara Felix

Beef Magazine

Winter feed is the greatest expense in a cow-calf operation. In 2012, with the drought and weather changes in Pennsylvania, hay shortages pushed prices to $400 to $500 per ton. The need for additional winter feed increased cost of production.

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Cattle Market Factors To Watch In 2020

Cattle Market Factors To Watch In 2020

Derrell Peel


The new year brings with it several changes in ongoing market dynamics, some new opportunities, and some new risks and continuing challenges for cattle and beef markets. The watch list of beef and cattle market factors includes the typical suspects including trade; domestic demand; supply dynamics; competing meats; and feed and input markets.  However, changes in several factors towards the end of 2019 suggest a somewhat different tone for markets in 2020.

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UNL Beef Roundup Webinars January 21 and 28

UNL Beef Roundup Webinars January 21 and 28

T.L. Meyer, Jack Arterburn, Randy Saner


Nutrition, profitability, and health are the themes of the 2020 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Beef Roundup hosted by Nebraska Extension on Tuesday, January 21, and Tuesday, January 28, at 6pm MST (7pm CST). This series features topic experts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kansas State University. Each evening features two presentations that can be viewed from any location with internet access or at several locations across Nebraska. Sites and registration information is listed below.

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USDA Proposes to Reapportion Cattlemen’s Beef Board Membership

USDA Proposes to Reapportion Cattlemen’s Beef Board Membership


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing to adjust membership on the Beef Promotion and Research Board to reflect shifts in cattle inventory levels since the last board reapportionment in 2017, as required by the rules governing the board.

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5 tips for winter cow feeding

5 tips for winter cow feeding

Lynn Gordon

Beef Magazine

Along with the colder temperatures, snow, and other challenges that winter brings with its arrival, beef producers also face the task of determining how to utilize their forage resources best. “Supplementation of forages is a risk management tool for cattle producers trying to manage the risk of reproductive performance,” says Tryon Wickersham, animal nutritionist at Texas A&M University.

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