Daily Archives: April 15, 2020

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 things a bomb-proof horse spooks at

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 things a bomb-proof horse spooks at

FarmTalk

#10. The horse-eating bush in the pasture that he’s walked by 10 gazillion times.

#9. A rabbit twitching one ear about 100 yards off.

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Pasture Turnout; Wait, not yet!

Pasture Turnout; Wait, not yet!

Victor Shelton

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

It is one of the hardest times of the season for some people, me included. We are tired of mud and tired of feeding hay. There is an increasing amount of fresh new lush green grass beckoning to be grazed. Why shouldn’t you allow the cows to partake in this new growth? When is the ideal time to start grazing?

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Base Supplement Decisions on Data

Base Supplement Decisions on Data

Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN

Why are cows able to primarily live off forage? They have a rumen, and this is what makes cattle, sheep and goats different from simple-stomach animals such as humans and pigs. Microorganisms in the rumen break down fiber in forages that simple-stomach animals can’t use. The process produces volatile fatty acids that are used nutritionally.

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Proper Calf Injections

Proper Calf Injections

Jodi Henke

Successful Farming

As spring work begins with new calves, be sure that family members and hired labor are trained on how to give the animals vaccines. It’s important to read the product label and understand how it’s administered. Subcutaneous means under the skin, and intramuscular means in the muscle.

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Dr. Rosslyn Biggs Gives a Vet’s Perspective on Animals and COVID-19

Dr. Rosslyn Biggs Gives a Vet’s Perspective on Animals and COVID-19

Oklahoma Farm Report

As the pandemic continues across the globe, there have been lots of questions about animals being carriers for the coronavirus and becoming infected with the coronavirus. Dr. Rosslyn Biggs, Director of Continuing education and assistant clinical professor at Oklahoma State .

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Breeding soundness examinations incredibly important to determine bull’s potential to breed.

Breeding soundness examinations incredibly important to determine bull’s potential to breed.

Heather Smith Thomas

Many factors play a role in bull fertility and breeding ability, so it’s wise to make sure every bull has a breeding soundness examination (sometimes referred to as a BSE). Even if a bull was fertile last year and sired a lot of calves, he should be checked again, because he may have a problem this year.

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COVID-19: JBS Shutters Greeley Beef Plant, National closes Tama

COVID-19: JBS Shutters Greeley Beef Plant, National closes Tama

Greg Henderson

Drovers

Two of America’s largest beef packing companies have announced plant closings due to COVID-19. The two plants have a combined harvest capacity of 6,500 cattle per day. JBS USA announced Monday it will shutter its Greeley, Colo. beef facility through April 24 following an outbreak of COVID-19 among its 6,000 plant employees and the community. National Beef Packing Co. announced Saturday it will close its Tama, Iowa, facility until April 20.

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Four common mistakes for forage samples

Four common mistakes for forage samples

Rebecca Kern

Progressive Forage

Working in a commercial agricultural-testing laboratory, I see all different types of feed and forage samples submitted in all kinds of ways. A silage sample might be sent to us in a large vet glove, while a corn grain might come in a coffee can, even when most labs provide sample bags for submission.

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Cargill Reduces Beef Production at Alberta Plant as Virus Spreads

Cargill Reduces Beef Production at Alberta Plant as Virus Spreads

New York Times

Cargill Ltd has reduced production at one of Canada’s biggest beef-packing plants, the company and the union representing workers there said on Tuesday, after several dozen workers became infected with the new coronavirus.

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Colorado’s Cattle Ranchers Fear Future As Meat Plant Closes

Colorado’s Cattle Ranchers Fear Future As Meat Plant Closes

Rick Sallinger

CBS 4 Denver

The closure of the JBS meat processing plant in Greeley has hit especially hard at a feed yard in Wiggins. There are 30,000 head of cattle, all dressed up with nowhere to go, and they don’t just sit and wait. They eat, and that costs money.

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