Daily Archives: February 28, 2020

Spreads for Higher Quality Grades will Widen

Spreads for Higher Quality Grades will Widen

Dr. Andrew Griffith

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

I spoke with six individuals this past week that send cattle to either Kansas, Nebraska, or Iowa for finishing. A recurring theme was in relation to the spread between Prime, Branded, Choice, and Select beef. Some of the conversation was that the spreads have narrowed and the market is not offering the incentive to have as high of grading cattle. Looking back at the data does not support this assertion.

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Tightening up Calving Season

Tightening up Calving Season

Olivia Amundson

South Dakota State University

One of the most important indicators of success in a cow-calf herd is reproductive efficiency of that population. A major profit-determining factor is the percent of calf crop weaned. This is accomplished through incorporating a shortened and defined breeding and calving season

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The Sandhills Calving System For Scours Prevention

The Sandhills Calving System For Scours Prevention

On Pasture

The Sandhills System was designed to protect calf health by providing separation between newborn calves and older calves (two weeks of age and older) during a critical time of the year when the risk of disease development, primarily scours, is high.

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Sustainability Tool:  Anonymous Online Assessment from Noble

Sustainability Tool:  Anonymous Online Assessment from Noble

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Chad Ellis believes it’s important for businesses to be able to compare year-to-year data, to see where they stand in their sector when it comes to sustainability. He’s also aware, many would like that comparison to stay in house.

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Jarold Callahan of Express Ranch on Bull Buying 101

Jarold Callahan of Express Ranch on Bull Buying 101

Oklahoma Farm Report

Jarold Callahan, president of Express Ranches in Yukon, Oklahoma Callahan talks about the abundance of useful data available for buyers of new herd bulls. All the cattle at Express Ranches have genomically-enhanced EPD’s, Callahan said. Callahan said they begin testing young bulls at around three months of age. “It’s like that bull has already sired a calf crop,” Callahan said. “This gives the buyer more confidence in that bull.”

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Disease Traceability:  Where It Starts and Stops

Disease Traceability:  Where It Starts and Stops

Sheila Hildebrand

Western AG Reporter

Initiating a conversation about RFID is nearly as combustible as broaching your opinion about universal healthcare – at Thanksgiving dinner at your new in-laws who do not share your political affiliation.  It leaves an edge in the air that makes any meal fairly unpalatable.

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The real issue around the red meat study is scientific credibility

The real issue around the red meat study is scientific credibility

Dr. Ron Clarke

Canadian Cattlemen

Dr. Bradley Johnston, an associate professor of community health and epidemiology at Dalhousie University, escalated the protein war when he published a report contradicting existing nutritional guidelines related to red meat consumption.

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Are you listening to your data?

Are you listening to your data?

Dusty Abney

Progressive Cattle

Cattle producers are surrounded by data. Whether it’s weaning weights, days open or number of cattle on a given pasture, the data we collect on our operations is only beneficial if we utilize it.

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Managing Tall Fescue Toxicosis

Managing Tall Fescue Toxicosis

Adam Speir


Tall fescue is a forage workhorse for livestock producers from north Georgia to New England. It is a cool-season perennial grass that is tolerant of many conditions, covers more than 1 million acres north of the Fall Line, and supplements bermudagrass pastures for many livestock producers from fall through spring. Despite the important niche that tall fescue fills, there are important downsides to consider when grazing livestock on tall fescue grass.

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Starting and Managing a Defined Calving Season

Starting and Managing a Defined Calving Season

Justin Rhinehart

University of Tennessee

Of all the management practices used to improve both the economic success and performance of cow-calf production, having a defined calving season is the most important. In fact, it is better to think of it as a gateway tool to allow the use of other management practices.

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