Daily Archives: July 10, 2020

Intensive Grazing Plan Shapes a Better Future

Intensive Grazing Plan Shapes a Better Future

Dan Crummett

Progressive Farmer

For Billy Helton, the aha moment came as he looked at a small, tall, unused stand of bermudagrass behind his hay barn in the summer of 2017. “I had cows on one side of the fence and the grass on the other, and the difference was unbelievable,” the Georgia beef producer recalls.

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Davey Griffin on meat safety during COVID-19

Davey Griffin on meat safety during COVID-19

David Cooper

Progressive Cattle

While the rise of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease created turmoil in beef commodity markets, a steady supply of beef continues to be delivered into the food chain.

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Relationship Between PAP and Performance

Relationship Between PAP and Performance

Kasey Brown

Cattle mysteriously dying once they moved from higher elevations to lower elevations used to be a regional issue. However, as more cattle from the mountains move to lower-elevation feedyards, it becomes a Central Plains issue, too. Emma Briggs, graduate student at Colorado State University, shared her research regarding the relationship between pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP) scores and feedyard performance at the virtual 2020 Beef Improvement Federation Symposium and Convention.

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NFL player getting a taste of farm life

NFL player getting a taste of farm life

Diego Flammini


At least one National Football League (NFL) player has taken to working on a farm as part of his routine in preparation for the upcoming season. Drew Forbes, a 6’5”, 308 pound offensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns, would usually be back in Ohio around this time working out with teammates and team staff before training camps officially open on July 28. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bonne Terre, Mo. (the town’s name is French for “good soil”) native is balancing his football duties with work on his wife Emily’s family’s cattle farm in the community.

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Genetic-Environmental Interaction

Genetic-Environmental Interaction

Stephen P. Hammack

Texas A&M University

Animal response or performance is determined by two factors genetics and environment. Environment often brings to mind factors such as climate, topography, and forage properties, but it also includes all other nongenetic influences such as exposure to disease, management practices, and economics

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Managing cows through dry conditions

Managing cows through dry conditions

Karla Wilke

The Fence Post

Hot, dry conditions in early summer have taken a toll on grass growth in much of the Great Plains this year. There are several options cattle producers may want to consider to conserve grass in these dry areas. Every producer should have a drought plan that includes trigger dates and a culling strategy, but once those top cuts are made, what feeding options are there for the core herd? Can I just supplement the cows on pasture and save grass that way?

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Researchers to study drug resistance in high-risk cattle

Researchers to study drug resistance in high-risk cattle

American Veterinary Medical Association

Kristin Hales, PhD, associate professor and chair in animal science in the Texas Tech University Department of Animal and Food Sciences, is leading the research. On April 23, the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded her a $1 million, five-year grant to investigate the emergence and ecology of antimicrobial resistance, NIFA information states.

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7-Session Feedlot Short Course Kicks Off July 16

7-Session Feedlot Short Course Kicks Off July 16

Rhonda Brooks

Bovine Veterinarian

There are roughly 14.37 million head of cattle fed out annually in the U.S., and all of them need good veterinary care. If cattle on feed comprise the bulk of your business—or you are looking at working with one or more of the 30,320 U.S. feedlots in the near term—consider the upcoming Feedlot Short Course that South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension is hosting, starting July 16.

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Boehringer Ingelheim Awarded Contract for Vaccine Bank to Help Protect US Livestock from Foot and Mouth Disease

Boehringer Ingelheim Awarded Contract for Vaccine Bank to Help Protect US Livestock from Foot and Mouth Disease

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded Boehringer Ingelheim a contract to help supply a vaccine bank that will protect U.S. livestock from foot-and-mouth disease. The contract calls for Boehringer Ingelheim to create and maintain a strategic reserve of frozen vaccine antigen concentrate that the company could quickly formulate into a vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in the event of an outbreak in the U.S.

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Heat Stress Preparations for Feedlot Cattle

Heat Stress Preparations for Feedlot Cattle

Warren Rusche

South Dakota State University

Summer heat waves pose a serious danger to cattle in feedlots. Not only is there elevated risk of death loss, but there is also the reduction in performance and efficiency to consider. Developing a plan before hot and humid conditions hit will put producers in a better position to deal with the conditions and minimize the impact on their cattle.

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