Daily Archives: April 8, 2020

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 signs old age is edging closer

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 signs old age is edging closer

FarmTalk

#10. Not only do you remember Uncle Joe from the Shady Rest Hotel at Petticoat Junction, you’re beginning to look like him.

#9. A young farmer mentions something ‘going viral’ so you suggest he call the vet.

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Top 12 Things to Consider Before Building a Cattle Handling Facility

Top 12 Things to Consider Before Building a Cattle Handling Facility

Robert Wells

American Cattlemen

The cattle handling facility is at the heart of most every ranch. The quality of the facility and its ease of use can determine the enjoyment or frustration of use and dictate how often you work cattle through it. Properly designed and thought-out facilities will be safe for the producer and animal, handle cattle with ease, require a minimal number of personnel and allow for cattle to be worked in a timely fashion. There are multiple design principles that can be used, depending on the cattle-handling abilities of the personnel and their ability to understand “cow psychology.”

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Tips for reproductive tract repair and breeding success

Tips for reproductive tract repair and breeding success

Biozyme

Beef Magazine

A brood cow is the heart of the herd. She is the one that lays down each year to have a calf to ultimately propagate her outstanding genetics or help feed the world. And even though her role is considered important by all those around her, being a cow is not always a glamorous job.

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Think about the three P’s of grazing management.

Think about the three P’s of grazing management.

Troy Smith

Angus Beef Bulletin

Intentional management is premeditated, preplanned and purposeful. Hugh Aljoe believes it is their intentional management that sets the most successful managers apart from the rest of the pack. At the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas, Aljoe encouraged a Cattlemen’s College audience to be more intentional.

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Cattle Q&A: Davey Griffin on meat safety during COVID-19

Cattle Q&A: Davey Griffin on meat safety during COVID-19

David Cooper

Progressive Cattle

Although inspected and, in many cases, high-quality, the products originally processed and packaged for foodservice that are now being shifted to retail may be in volumes, packaging and labeling meant for commercial applications. They may not have cooking instructions and would not carry nutritional labeling like products typically found at retail.

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Drinking water study shows beef cattle can tolerate high levels of sulphates

Drinking water study shows beef cattle can tolerate high levels of sulphates

Dr. Greg Penner

Phys.Org

“There are clear and significant implications for healthy animals from the research,” said Dr. Greg Penner (Ph.D.), associate professor in the USask Department of Animal and Poultry Science and Centennial Enhancement Chair in Ruminant Nutritional Physiology.

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Is Fly Season Bugging Your Cattle?

Is Fly Season Bugging Your Cattle?

Feedlot Magazine

Warmer weather brings fly breeding season. While they are a nuisance for humans, they are an even greater nuisance for livestock that can adversely affect feedlot cattle performance and health by spreading disease, from anaplasmosis to pink eye.

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Fischer wants probe of cattle markets as ranchers suffer losses

Fischer wants probe of cattle markets as ranchers suffer losses

NTV

“I’ve heard concerns from Nebraskans across the state about the impact COVID-19 is having on their cattle operations and on the industry as a whole. Americans are purchasing more beef products at grocery stores, which is resulting in another round of windfall profits for meatpackers. Meanwhile, producers are taking price losses that threaten the viability of their businesses. Something must be done now. That’s why I am taking these actions today to investigate allegations of price gouging,” said Senator Fischer.

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Dairy cattle flood beef markets, putting a pause on local livestock auctions

Dairy cattle flood beef markets, putting a pause on local livestock auctions

Kaitlyn Riley

WIZM

The ripple effects of COVID-19 continue to crash into the agriculture industry as sale barns struggle to find a fair price for producers.  When restaurants, food service industries, and schools closed, there was a bottleneck as meat, dairy, poultry and other producers tried to reroute distribution back into retail where some stores were struggling to stay stocked.

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R-CALF Offers ‘Corrective Actions’ For Cattle Markets

R-CALF Offers ‘Corrective Actions’ For Cattle Markets

Greg Henderson

Drovers

Seeking to actively engage with cattle producers and underscore what it calls “the unprecedented disconnect between live cattle prices and wholesale and retail beef prices,” R-CALF USA held a Facebook Live meeting Monday evening (April 6, 2020). Bill Bullard, R-CALF CEO, told the roughly 1,000 viewers on Facebook Live his group seeks “genuine solutions to fix the broken (cattle) marketplace.”

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