Daily Archives: July 31, 2020

Sick Country, Sick Cattle Markets

Sick Country, Sick Cattle Markets

Larry Stalcup

Calf News

There have been wrecks, bad ones, like the 1970s beef price freeze, the ‘80s whole-herd dairy buyout and the 2008 recession that have cost the beef industry big. Then there’s this virus – ‘nuff said. With COVID-19, the beef industry has projected losses that top $13 billion. There’s continued worry that agriculture’s share of the government’s trillion-dollar stimulus packages won’t offset already-crashed cattle prices.

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Divide and Conquer

Divide and Conquer

Dr. Justin Rhinehart

University of Tennessee

I am confident that the division of labor theory, as explained by Adam Smith over 240 years ago, is still the best approach to increasing the efficiency of our labor. For example, one of the most well known examples of division of labor was Henry Ford’s use of an assembly line where each worker performs a specific task in the auto manufacturing process.

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Fly Control for Grazing Cattle

Fly Control for Grazing Cattle

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Several types of flies can cause problems for cattle. Some types of flies are a greater problem for cattle on pasture, while different types of flies are primarily a concern for cattle in a drylot. Producers with grazing cattle typically focus on battling horn flies and face flies.

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5 tips for choosing probiotics and prebiotics

5 tips for choosing probiotics and prebiotics

Kip Karges

Progressive Cattle

Many producers I’ve talked to seem interested – and exhausted – by the number of probiotic and prebiotic feed options. Yeasts, yeast derivatives, yeast cultures and dead yeast products often are called probiotics and prebiotics.

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Is Blockchain the Answer to Price Discovery?

Is Blockchain the Answer to Price Discovery?

Victoria Myers

Progressive Farmer

There are ways to have more price reporting without a government mandate or adding costs to cattle procurement. Known simply as “blockchain technology,” many leaders in the cattle industry believe it’s a viable option today.

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How to get new feedlot calves settled and gaining quickly; advice from producers, veterinarians and feedlot consultants

How to get new feedlot calves settled and gaining quickly; advice from producers, veterinarians and feedlot consultants


Getting calves settled, keeping them healthy and getting them gaining involves serious management that considers many variables. A successful program to keep these calves healthy and growing should involve co-operative consultation between the feeder, herd health veterinarian and the livestock nutritionist.

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Indiana Beef Cattle Association Announces 2020 Scholarship Winners

Indiana Beef Cattle Association Announces 2020 Scholarship Winners

Eric Pfeiffer

Hoosier AG Today

The Indiana Beef Cattle Association has announced the recipients of this year’s scholarships. IBCA awarded $6,000 to students who are currently enrolled in college and who plan to continue their education through an undergraduate degree program or certification from an accredited college, university, or technical school.

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Brahman-type cattle may require less nitrogen; feeding them accordingly could reduce nitrogen emissions

Brahman-type cattle may require less nitrogen; feeding them accordingly could reduce nitrogen emissions

Kay Ledbetter

AgriLife Today

A recently funded Texas A&M AgriLife study will determine differences in nitrogen requirements between Brahman type cattle and other cattle. Measuring these differences may allow cattle producers to reduce the protein in cattle diets by allowing for precise diet formulations.

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NCBA Adopts Cattle Marketing Policy

NCBA Adopts Cattle Marketing Policy


A capacity crowd of cattle producers worked for more than six hours Wednesday to identify a policy that would help resolve concerns about live cattle marketing issues and lead the industry to more robust price discovery. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Live Cattle Marketing Committee considered several proposals, each aimed at encouraging greater volumes of cash cattle trade.

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Minerals Matter – Introduction to mineral nutrition

Minerals Matter – Introduction to mineral nutrition

Lynn Gordon

Beef Magazine

Although their percentage of the diet is small, minerals pack a big punch in the beef cattle herd. Producers seeking solutions to poor pregnancy rates, weak newborn calves or other reproductive or performance issues should not overlook a thorough review of their beef herd mineral program.

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