Daily Archives: June 8, 2020

A pretty, yet painful pasture flower for livestock

A pretty, yet painful pasture flower for livestock

Mindy Ward

Beef Magazine

Pastures this spring popped with a bright yellow flower. While it creates a picturesque landscape, this particular flower is a weed, and it is poisonous to livestock. Buttercup came out in force in Missouri this spring. It flowers from March through August, says Sarah Kenyon, University of Missouri Extension agronomist, and every part of this plant is poisonous to livestock.

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Variety of approaches help control flies in cattle

Variety of approaches help control flies in cattle

Grant Dewell

Lincoln Journal Star

When it comes to controlling flies in cattle, Extension livestock specialists and veterinarians say variety can help. Grant Dewell, Extension beef veterinarian with Iowa State University, suggests using “integrated pest management,” or a combination of strategies.

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Cattle industry divided on negotiated cash cattle bill

Cattle industry divided on negotiated cash cattle bill

Michelle Rook

Agweek

Many cattle producers feel like the market is broken and that has been exaggerated even more during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Negotiated boxed beef prices hit record highs during the height of the pandemic, while at the same time the prices cattle producers were receiving for cattle in the negotiated cattle market moved lower.

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Liver abscesses might not be associated with cattle well-being

Liver abscesses might not be associated with cattle well-being

Tim Lundeen

Feedstuffs

Liver abscesses and other production diseases have been shown to affect beef cattle performance, but their implications for animal well-being are not well understood, according to Colorado State University researchers.

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Ohio Youth Livestock Expo moves forward with plans for 2020 junior shows

Ohio Youth Livestock Expo moves forward with plans for 2020 junior shows

Matt Reese

Ohio’s Country Journal

Many livestock shows have been canceled in 2020, including junior shows at the Ohio State Fair. In an effort to provide some opportunities for youth exhibitors to show their livestock in 2020, a group of volunteers teamed up to form the Ohio Youth Livestock Expo (OYLE).

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TTU researcher awarded grant to investigate antimicrobial resistance in high-risk beef cattle

TTU researcher awarded grant to investigate antimicrobial resistance in high-risk beef cattle

Chris Whited

Everything Lubbock

With the world dealing with a global pandemic thanks to the COVID-19 virus, the food supply chain has seen drastic changes as public consumption and purchasing habits have changed. Those changes are having a particular effect on supplies of beef, chicken, pork and other meats.

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Bull soundness

Bull soundness

Alicia Boor

Hays Post

Just as an athlete can experience an injury in competition, so too can a bull when he is turned out in a breeding pasture where his athleticism is going to be tested. “Bulls will be the busiest in the first month of the breeding season when there are a lot of females coming into heat (estrus),” said Kansas State University veterinarian Bob Larson

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Arkansas beef processors have marketing, labor availability problems

Arkansas beef processors have marketing, labor availability problems

Fred Miller

Magnolia Reporter

Marketing and finding labor are among challenges facing the state’s beef processors, according to a study from the Public Policy Center of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The study was commissioned by the Arkansas Beef Council to examine retail beef production practices in the state. The survey launched in January included questions about wait time and capacity for serving small producers selling beef locally in Arkansas.

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Justice Department looks at competition in beef industry

Justice Department looks at competition in beef industry

David Jay

KTVQ

The U.S. Department of Justice wants information about cattle market competition from the four largest meat packers in the country. Last month President Trump, U.S. Senators, State Attorneys General and the U.S. Department of Agriculture asked for an investigation.

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Summertime equals eye infections

Summertime equals eye infections

Eldon Cole

High Plains Journal

As summer approaches I’m sure we’ll start hearing about pockets of eye infections around southwest Missouri. To make matters worse this is hay making time, fescue seed harvest and other field activities that require your attention thus you don’t see your cattle as much as you should. Pinkeye needs prompt attention otherwise pesky face flies contribute to the spread of the bacterial disease within the herd.

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