Daily Archives: May 6, 2020

Greg Kropf:  The top ten farm pickup weather predictions

Greg Kropf:  The top ten farm pickup weather predictions


#10. Truck and dog are gone, you must be Noah.

#9. Truck is gone — heavy flooding

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Exports and Imports Help Bring Value to Our Industry

Exports and Imports Help Bring Value to Our Industry

Greg Hanes

Cattlemen’s Beef Board

At first glance the idea of importing foreign beef into the U.S. may strike cattlemen and women here as a curious practice.  If we grow arguably the best beef in the world in this country, why bring in more? The reason lies in the types of beef we Americans love to eat – mainly steaks and ground beef.  In fact, CattleFax estimates that over 51% of the beef consumed in the United States is ground beef.

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Liver abscesses: An economic black hole for the industry

Liver abscesses: An economic black hole for the industry

Jennifer Schutz, Jim Turner and Allen McDonald

Progressive Cattle

Compared to the decline seen in the beef industry during the 1980s and 1990s, red meat has been taken off the health hit list, and lean red meat is now in the good graces of our local family practitioner.

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Beef Marketing Margins

Beef Marketing Margins

Jayson Lusk

We are currently running at 35% to 40% below last year’s beef processing capacity due to COVID19-related shutdowns and slowdowns. As, I’ve previously noted, wholesale beef prices are rising as a result. At the same time, cattle prices have been taking a hit.

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Here’s why cattle health is unpredictable

Here’s why cattle health is unpredictable

  1. P. ‘Doc’ Cooke

Beef Producer

Recently I read an unusual statement by Dr. Tom Noffsinger of Benkelman, Nebraska, that high-risk calves sometimes perform beautifully in the lot while some documented calves that have been preconditioned at their source have higher morbidity rates than expected. Noffsinger is an experienced feedyard veterinarian and also considered an expert stockman.

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Blackleg and Clostridial Diseases

Blackleg and Clostridial Diseases

Texas A&M

The Clostridial diseases are a group of mostly fatal infections caused by bacteria belonging to the group called Clostridia. These organisms have the ability to form protective shell-like forms called spores when exposed to adverse conditions. This allows them to remain potentially infective in soils for long periods of time and present a real danger to the livestock population. Many of the organisms in this group are also normally present in the intestines of man and animals.

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May tips for beef cattle and forage producers

May tips for beef cattle and forage producers

Brad Runsick

Baxter Bulletin

Implant feeder cattle that will be retained for at least 45 days  Fly populations often increase this time of year. Options for fly control include tags, sprays, and feed supplements fortified with insect growth regulators. Pour-on dewormers often help with fly control early. The insect growth regulators in feed work best with isolated herds. The economic threshold to treat cattle for horn fly is 150 to 200 flies per animal.

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How can live yeast visibly help reduce the impact of heat stress on beef cattle?

How can live yeast visibly help reduce the impact of heat stress on beef cattle?

The CattleSite

For beef cattle, the heat stress threshold is estimated at 72 (the orange zone in the THI table). This means that, for example, at 50 percent humidity, cattle suffer from heat stress starting at 25°C. Bear in mind that the THI reported by weather monitoring stations often underestimates the situation inside a barn, especially in terms of humidity

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Betting on calf price unknowns

Betting on calf price unknowns

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

“Until the country has a better handle on the pandemic, it’s going to be very difficult to feel confident in a market bottom,” said Katelyn McCullock, senior economist and director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC).

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The Intersection of the Cattle and Beef Industries webinar series starts May 7.

The Intersection of the Cattle and Beef Industries webinar series starts May 7.

North Dakota State University

Cattle producers, consumers and decision makers will have an opportunity to learn more about the current issues in the cattle and beef industries through a webinar series that North Dakota State University Extension is co-hosting. The first two-hour webinar in the “Intersection of the Cattle and Beef Industries” series will be held May 7 at 7 p.m. CDT.

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