Daily Archives: January 28, 2020

Don’t be afraid to challenge heifers during development

Don’t be afraid to challenge heifers during development


The Prairie Star

It is no secret that the largest cost endured by cattle producers is their yearly feed bill. It is also no secret that having cows who consistently bring a calf to market every fall is the long-term goal of any producer. For many years, the thinking has always been that in order to have a cow remain in the herd long-term a producer must ensure that heifers are handled with kid gloves and given everything they need from a nutritional and environmental standpoint so they can develop correctly.

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DNA Sampling Tips:  Mistakes Lead to Slow Responses, Bad Results

DNA Sampling Tips:  Mistakes Lead to Slow Responses, Bad Results

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

A lot has changed since DNA testing started in the cattle industry. Hair samples were a beginning. They were fine for what they were. But genetic testing has taken some huge leaps, and Neogen’s Stewart Bauck says it’s time producers move to Allflex tissue sampling units (TSU).

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Miniature Zebus turn heads at cattle show

Miniature Zebus turn heads at cattle show

Barbara Duckworth

The Western Producer

Originally from Indonesia and India, this strain of Zebu is naturally miniature, standing a maximum of 42 inches behind a prominent hump on the neck. The bulls reach about 450 pounds while the calves are less than 20 lb. at birth. They have black, red, grey and salt and pepper coats. Many have horns that poke out at any angle.

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WOTUS Redefined: EPA Announces Final Rule 

WOTUS Redefined: EPA Announces Final Rule 

National Ag Law Center

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has released its much-anticipated replacement for the 2015 Waters of the United States rule (“2015 Rule”). The new rule, released on January 23, 2020, reduces the types of waterways that fall under the jurisdiction of the federal Clean Water Act (“CWA”). It is a final rule, meaning that there will be no period for public comment or revision. Once the new rule goes into effect, it will be the law that governs which waterbodies are fall under the jurisdiction of the CWA.

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Have you had Your Feed Tested

Have you had Your Feed Tested

John McKinnon

Maine Anjou Mail

As a nutritionist, feed testing is a fundamental tool that I rely on to assist beef producers with their feeding programs. This is true whether I am dealing with feedlots or cow-calf operations. Accurate knowledge of feed quality, particularly the operation’s forage base allows one to develop feeding strategies for specific production scenarios depending on stage of maturity at cutting.

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We Don’t Have a Shot for That

We Don’t Have a Shot for That

Randall Spare, DVM


The fall herd work for us at Ashland Veterinary Center is coming to a close. As the calendar turns to 2020, one might think the next task on our minds is calving season, then evaluating bulls for the upcoming breeding season. Yes, this is true. However, now is when we gather data from the fall work of pregnancy evaluation and assessing body condition. These two data points are heavily correlated. The nutritional status of the cow herd the next few months through calving will affect your 2020 pregnancy rate and breeding distribution.

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Twin Cattle Births

Twin Cattle Births

Jodi Henke

Successful Farming

Veterinarians are often called to pull a calf that’s having trouble being born. Most of the time there’s just one. But sometimes there’s two.  Grant Dewell is a beef extension veterinarian at Iowa State University. He says in beef cows, twins are born only one-percent of the time. An ultrasound between 45-and-90-days of gestation is the best time for indicating two embryos. Beyond that, he says the producer probably won’t know if there is more than one calf until the cow gives birth.

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Marshall, Peel to Headline Cattlemen’s Day Program

Marshall, Peel to Headline Cattlemen’s Day Program

Kansas State University

Kansas State University’s Animal Sciences and Industry Department will host Cattlemen’s Day 2020 on Friday, March 6 at Weber Hall in Manhattan. Lorna Marshall, Select Sires vice president of beef programs, will kick off the event by highlighting genetic and reproductive trends in the global beef industry.

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The Meat-Lover’s Guide to Eating Less Meat

The Meat-Lover’s Guide to Eating Less Meat

Melissa Clark

New York Times

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Yet over the past few months, I’ve cut way down on my lamb chops and grilled cheese sandwiches. And if you’re a meat-and-dairy eater who aches over the environmental state of our planet, then you may be thinking of doing the same thing, too.

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100,000 certified through online BQA program

100,000 certified through online BQA program


The Beef Quality Assurance program continues to grow significantly, with more than 100,000 cattle producers now certified through its online learning system. The online option was introduced by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, in early 2017.

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