Daily Archives: January 31, 2020

Stretching Hay:  Become More Efficient at Feeding Hay

Stretching Hay:  Become More Efficient at Feeding Hay

Russ Quinn


Whether you call it making forage supplies last longer or maybe eliminating forage feeding waste, cow-calf producers this winter need their supplies to last longer. Short supplies of good-quality forages because of higher-than-average rainfall in recent growing seasons have limited the hay supply in most Midwest locations. This caused prices to climb.

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Genetic factors found in feedlot brisket disease

Genetic factors found in feedlot brisket disease

Kerry Halladay

Western Livestock Journal

On Jan. 13, Dr. Michael Heaton, a research microbiologist at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, presented preliminary findings at the International Plant and Animal Genome conference held in San Diego. The findings strongly suggest that congestive heart failure in feedlot cattle has underlying genetic factors.

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A cow’s body condition affects cold stress

A cow’s body condition affects cold stress

Christopher Petty


According to Mary Drewnoski, University of Nebraska beef systems specialist, cold stress increases a cow’s energy requirement and can pull down her body condition. We think many cow-calf producers will experience this issue this winter. While we don’t know what Mother Nature has in store for us this year, it is good to think ahead and have a plan.

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Estate planning in five steps

Estate planning in five steps

Kay Ledbetter

Southern Livestock

Estate planning can be overwhelming, but a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist offers a guide to estate planning in five steps to help make the process manageable and ensure family legacies can be passed on as intended.

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State Beef Councils Win Crucial Step in Case Against Beef Checkoff

State Beef Councils Win Crucial Step in Case Against Beef Checkoff

Colter Brown

Northern AG Network

In the long drawn out case of R-CALF vs. Sonny Perdue, a magistrate judge granted summary judgment to the government and the 15 qualified state beef councils targeted by R-CALF and its legal partners at Public Justice.

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Updated guide to Value-Added Producer Grant Program

Updated guide to Value-Added Producer Grant Program


In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent announcement of at least $37 million in available grant support via the Value Added Producer Grant Program, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has released a newly updated version of its “Farmers’ Guide to Applying for the Value Added Producer Grant Program.”

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Importance of Forage Analysis: Making Sure Nutrient Requirements are Met

Importance of Forage Analysis: Making Sure Nutrient Requirements are Met

Heather Smith Thomas

Tri State Livestock News

Winter forages may need supplementation with protein or minerals.  Jeremy Martin, PhD, ruminant nutritionist and reproduction manager, Great Plains Livestock Consulting, says it’s important to sample and test forages, especially this year, after unusual weather patterns in many regions.

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UK conducts study using drones for cattle monitoring

UK conducts study using drones for cattle monitoring

Taylor Six

Richmond Register

Researchers at the University of Kentucky are looking for ways to help lower the mortality rate amongst cattle for health related deaths, and they believe the answer could be with use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones.

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What to Expect from the 2020s

What to Expect from the 2020s

John Maday


During the past decade, we saw numerous changes in beef and dairy production, and in the ways veterinarians serve those industries. These include the emergence of remote monitoring, advanced data systems, new diagnostic tools, genomic technologies, acceleration of antibiotic-resistance in cattle pathogens and drug resistance in cattle parasites.

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U.S. CattleTrace advances cattle disease traceability

U.S. CattleTrace advances cattle disease traceability

P.J. Griekspoor

Beef Magazine

CattleTrace has joined forces with other animal disease traceability pilot programs to form a single organization. The goal is to get a single technology for traceability across all partners in the industry. Cattle disease traceability pilot programs have joined forces under the new name U.S. CattleTrace.

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