Monthly Archives: May 2020

Cattle treatments that work today might not tomorrow

Cattle treatments that work today might not tomorrow

Miranda Reiman

Angus Journal

Your veterinarian has treated thousands of calves with the same symptoms. She knows the tools that work. Just choose the right antibiotic at a prescribed dosage for so many days, and they’ll be good as new. Works almost every time.

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Drought throws a curveball at Oklahoma beef producers

Drought throws a curveball at Oklahoma beef producers

Donald Stotts

Drovers

By anybody’s reckoning, COVID-19 has turned beef production upside down. Market volatility, packing plants closing or reducing output, shortages at the supermarket, you name it and it’s probably happened somewhere. That kind of up and down creates an environment that beef producers have never before encountered.

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Alabama Cattlemen’s Assoc. to offer webinar on marketing beef directly to consumers

Alabama Cattlemen’s Assoc. to offer webinar on marketing beef directly to consumers

Alexander Derencz

ABC News

For more than ten years, Cody Rasco and his wife have been raising cattle. He says during these past ten years, he has never seen times like we are facing right now. He says the biggest challenge right now is when it comes to prices at the local stockyards. He says prices right now are not where they need them to be.

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Cattle Backlog May Not Be As Large As Feared

Cattle Backlog May Not Be As Large As Feared

Greg Henderson

Drovers

The number of market-ready cattle backlogged in feedyards may not be as large as previous estimates. While any tally of cattle currently waiting on available shackle space is – at best – an estimate, an analysis of 2020 Cattle on Feed and slaughter data from USDA suggests industry estimates of 1 million cattle backlogged may be overstated by as much as 50%.

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Bigger Cattle. Warmer Weather. What Can Go Wrong?

Bigger Cattle. Warmer Weather. What Can Go Wrong?

Warren Rusche

Feedlot Magazine

The disruptions in the beef processing sector caused by COVID-19 continue to interfere with the orderly marketing of finished cattle. While we all hope that the situation is resolved quickly, the reality is that because the shipment of so many harvest-ready cattle has been delayed, there will be increased numbers of heavier cattle on feed for the foreseeable future. For that reason, feedlot operators need to be aware of increased animal health concerns, especially going into summer.

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Film Promotes Environmental Benefits of Raising Cattle

Film Promotes Environmental Benefits of Raising Cattle

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

To Gabe Brown, it was just another film crew when Peter Byck’s group showed up at the family’s North Dakota ranch to work on a project about adaptive grazing. It’s turned into something much larger.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic May Lead to Changes in Calf Care

The COVID-19 Pandemic May Lead to Changes in Calf Care

Lisa Moser

Drovers

Spring branding and processing day is often a time when community members and families join together to administer vaccinations, castrate, implant calves and apply hide identification before summer pasture turnout.

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Beef Improvement Federation releases new guidelines for performance evaluation

Beef Improvement Federation releases new guidelines for performance evaluation

Sarah Ward

Progressive Cattle

Since its establishment in 1968, the primary purpose of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) has been to bring standardization to performance testing and evaluation. In keeping with this mission, BIF is proud to unveil the latest version of its Guidelines for Uniform Beef Improvement Programs.

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Organizers move Texas A&M’s Beef Cattle Short Course to online format

Organizers move Texas A&M’s Beef Cattle Short Course to online format

The Bryan Eagle

Texas A&M’s Beef Cattle Short Course, an annual event that draws thousands of people to campus each summer, will be held online this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will broadcast Aug. 3-5, but will be available for registered participants to watch at their own pace.

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Working the cattle amid COVID-19

Working the cattle amid COVID-19

Alicia Boor

Hays Post

Spring branding and processing day is often a time when community members and families join together to administer vaccinations, castrate, implant calves and apply hide identification before summer pasture turnout.

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Baxter Black:  Team Roping Handicap

Baxter Black:  TEAM ROPING HANDICAP

The sport (passion, or affliction) of team roping experienced a terrific boom in popularity years ago with the creation of an association called United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC).

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This ranching family has created water hubs in their pastures to support rotational grazing

This ranching family has created water hubs in their pastures to support rotational grazing

Bruce Derksen

Canadian Cattlemen

For Perry Dyck, owner and operator of Triangle D Land and Cattle Ltd. of Hanley, Sask., the two separated items were water and cattle. The locations of his water sources were impractical for his growing herd, so he decided something needed to be done to support the ranching operation of just under 350 cow-calf pairs and matching number of yearlings.

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Are cow-calf pairs selling too high?

Are cow-calf pairs selling too high?

Doug Ferguson

Beef Producer

It’s getting dry in my area. It’s hard to believe that a year ago we were flooded. This dry spell we are in really brings people’s perceptions to the surface. Some people are buying hay just to get through the next week, some are buying it to build up a reserve, and some were buying cow-calf pairs.

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Merck Animal Health, American Hereford Association to offer educational opportunities

Merck Animal Health, American Hereford Association to offer educational opportunities

Jessica Wesson

Successful Farming

“It’s great to have Merck Animal Health work with our team,” says Jack Ward, AHA executive vice president. “Animal care and health are critical to the success of our producers’ operations, and we look forward to Merck Animal Health’s contributions in this educational effort.”

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Weaning fall-born calves (remember to plan for water needs)

Weaning fall-born calves (remember to plan for water needs)

Glenn Selk

Feedlot Magazine

Many cow/calf operations with fall-born calves will wean the calves in mid to late June.  Weaning during very hot summer weather is stressful enough to the calves.  Therefore any management strategy that can reduce stress to the calves should be utilized.  “Fenceline weaning” is such a strategy that should be applied.

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Film Promotes Environmental Benefits of Raising Cattle

Film Promotes Environmental Benefits of Raising Cattle

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

To Gabe Brown, it was just another film crew when Peter Byck’s group showed up at the family’s North Dakota ranch to work on a project about adaptive grazing. It’s turned into something much large

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Improper Handling Negatively Impacts Carcass Quality

Improper Handling Negatively Impacts Carcass Quality

Steve Boyles

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

It’s estimated that 35 million dollars in damage occurs annually from bruising in U.S. beef animals. During the first session of the 2020 Ohio Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management School hosted by the Ohio State University Extension Beef Team, Dr. Steve Boyles, Ohio State University Beef Specialist, discussed how the improper management and handling of fed cattle during sorting and transport can negatively impact the quality of the end product.

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Rising slaughter capacity is good news, but more is needed

Rising slaughter capacity is good news, but more is needed

Meghan Grebner

Brownfield AG News
University of Missouri’s Scott Brown says we’re in much better shape than many expected we would be right now.  “If you look at last week’s slaughter totals relative to a year ago, cattle slaughter is down about 14 percent and hog slaughter is down about 8 percent,” he says.  “If you remember we were talking about vs. a year ago anywhere from 25 to 30 percent lower not that long ago.”

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New Legislation. Then What?

New Legislation. Then What?

Kate MIller

Farm Journal

One morning in 2014, I turned on the news and one of the headlines of that report was that ground beef had reached an all-time price high. I remember steeling myself for the day ahead, knowing my phone would begin to ring with questions on why this was happening and for how long it would continue. The questions came from the bleeding margins of the restaurant industry—but no cattleman took to social media to demand a correction in the injustice of the pricing mechanism.

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Beef Improvement Federation Releases New Guidelines for Performance Evaluation

Beef Improvement Federation Releases New Guidelines for Performance Evaluation

Beef Improvement Federation

Since its establishment in 1968, the primary purpose of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) has been to bring standardization to performance testing and evaluation. In keeping with this mission, BIF is proud to unveil the latest version of its Guidelines for Uniform Beef Improvement Programs.

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