Daily Archives: January 17, 2020

Alternative Calving Considerations

Alternative Calving Considerations

Leif Bakken

Northern AG Network

Structuring a calving program that best suits farm and ranch operations can be challenging. Of primary concern are: weather, labor, market timing, and animal health considerations, with weather possibly being the most volatile factor, as it ranges from challenging to catastrophic in some years.

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The importance of getting quality colostrum

The importance of getting quality colostrum

Heather Smith Thomas

Canadian Cattlemen

The cow’s first milk is vital to the newborn calf’s survival. Calves that obtain adequate colostrum soon after birth stay healthier than calves that are slow to suckle or don’t get enough. “I have been working with many critical-care newborns and this is why I am interested in colostrum,” says Dr. Lisa Gamsjaeger.

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The Nutrition and Reproduction Connection

The Nutrition and Reproduction Connection

Madalynn Welsh

Gelbvieh World

In order to improve your herd reproduction management system, it is important to first understand how nutrition directly affects reproduction. In order to maximize economic growth, an operation should target a postpartum breed back window of 85 days. If the window is any longer, cows will be having less than one calf per year, which will damage a producer’s bottom line.

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Do You Respect Your Heifers?

Do You Respect Your Heifers?

Mark Henry

American Red Angus

As a seedstock producer, bulls are your product. So, it is completely understandable that you want to do everything you can to prove their worth to prospective buyers. You purchase semen of the sires you think will improve the genetics not only in your herd, but in your customers’ herds. The necessary weights, measurements, ultrasound and genomics are all submitted in order to sell animals that are as well described genetically as possible. Your ranch is doing all it can to survive and thrive. A job well done.

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Interpretive Summary: Using jackets on beef calves

Interpretive Summary: Using jackets on beef calves

American Society of Animal Science

Jackie Walling 

The thermoregulatory systems of newborn calves are immature. This leaves the animal susceptible to climatic extremes and cold stress. Calf jackets can provide protection against environmental conditions. Researchers of this December 2019 Translational Animal Science article investigated the effects of calf jackets on health, performance, and skin temperature of dairy-origin beef calves.

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Feed Supplements: Changes in Distillers’ Grains

Feed Supplements: Changes in Distillers’ Grains

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

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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USMCA Clears the Way to Fire Up Ag’s Economic Engine

USMCA Clears the Way to Fire Up Ag’s Economic Engine

American Farm Bureau Federation

America’s farmers and ranchers received a second round of good news this week with Senate approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).  At a time when farmers continue to face strong economic headwinds, the agreement is expected to increase U.S. agriculture exports by $2 billion.

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Cattle producers whoop, applaud sale barn prices

Cattle producers whoop, applaud sale barn prices

Duane Dailey

Beef Magazine

After a mid-December sale of 229 heifers averaged $2,017, all Daniel Mallory, sales manager and University of Missouri Extension field specialist in livestock, could say was, “Unbelievable.” Before the last Show-Me-Select heifer sale this fall, quiet talk told of lackluster prices at five previous sales across the state. Some previous sale averages as low as $1,651 seemed too low for bred replacement heifers with known data.

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China: What Does it Mean Now?

China: What Does it Mean Now?

Farm Bureau

Today, the United States and China signed a long-awaited Phase One trade deal that, as expected, substantially addresses trade in food and agricultural products. Under the agreement, China has signaled it will purchase and import on average at least $40 billion annually of U.S. food, agricultural and seafood products. However, the main text doesn’t provide much description as to how that figure will be achieved.

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Deep dive into China phase one deal for ag

Deep dive into China phase one deal for ag

Jacqui Fatka


The U.S. and China signed a phase one trade agreement Wednesday that both countries say will lead to increased purchases of U.S. agricultural products by China, to the tune of at least $40 billion per year. The deal will go into effect on Feb. 3, 2020.

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