Daily Archives: July 23, 2020



Another white horse just rode by. I guess I saw him comin’

I felt him breathin’ down my neck, I heard his hoofbeats drummin’.

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Three-night Aggie Beef 706 goes virtual

Three-night Aggie Beef 706 goes virtual

AgriLife Today

For the first time since its creation in 1993, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Aggie Beef 706 program will be held virtually. Ranchers, educators and allied business people are invited to learn the same valuable concepts traditionally taught in Beef 706. Participants will attend three successive night sessions on Aug. 11-13 from 6:30-8:45 pm. The event is free, but does require advance registration, regardless of how many sessions attended.

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Do Temperament and Breed Type Play a Role in Feeding Efficiency and Carcass Quality?

Do Temperament and Breed Type Play a Role in Feeding Efficiency and Carcass Quality?

Miles Stagemeyer, Dr. Rosie Nold.

South Dakota State University

Is there a relationship between temperament and profitability in cattle? A recent study conducted by Texas A&M University took a closer look at the impacts that temperament and breed types can have on feedlot growth performance, feed efficiency, feeding behavior, carcass characteristics, and value in finishing beef heifers. In order to better understand these effects, researchers conducted three trials using Braford, Brangus, Simbrah, and purebred Angus females from the same ranch.

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Management perspectives: Matching cattle to the environment

Management perspectives: Matching cattle to the environment

Dr. Bob Hough

Western Livestock Journal

One of the keys to profitability of any cow-calf operation is having cattle whose production potential matches the environment they will be asked to perform in. This is a lesson that was learned the hard way in the late 19th century, and one we are still wrangling with 140 years later.

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Blue-green algae presents dangers to livestock

Blue-green algae presents dangers to livestock

Lisa Moser


For cattle ranchers, watering their livestock from ponds and the presence of high amounts of blue-green algae can be a threat, said Scott Fritz, toxicology resident with the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic lab.

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Managing cows through dry conditions

Managing cows through dry conditions

Karla Wilke

High Plains Journal

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?

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Don’t Forget About Foreign Animal Diseases

Don’t Forget About Foreign Animal Diseases

JoAnn Alumbaugh


COVID-19 is top-of-mind throughout the world, and for good reason, but other foreign and zoonotic diseases can’t be overlooked. In fact, they can strike when least expected. Viruses like Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) or African swine fever would have a devastating impact on U.S. agriculture if they were to infect U.S. livestock herds.

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USDA report finds no wrongdoing in cattle market disruptions

USDA report finds no wrongdoing in cattle market disruptions

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

Bottom line—Boxed beef and fed cattle markets acted about as expected, given the unprecedented disruptions those two events caused and with the coronavirus, are still causing. That will come as a relief to many and fightin’ words for others.

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Park service ignores public health risk of cattle disease at seashore

Park service ignores public health risk of cattle disease at seashore

Deborah Moskowitz

Point Reyes Light

The widespread public health crisis caused by Covid-19 raises serious concerns about the risks of zoonotic diseases—those that jump from animal species to humans and crop up in unexpected ways, with serious consequences.

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Water, shade key for cattle in dog days

Water, shade key for cattle in dog days

Daryl K. Tabor

The Herald Ledger

When the summer swelter is fit for neither man nor beast, most beasts do not have the luxury of air-conditioning like the family pet. And exposure to heat indexes near or in the triple digits can be deadly for animals like livestock.


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