Daily Archives: August 24, 2020

Baxter Black:  Mobile Cow Catcher

Baxter Black:  Mobile Cow Catcher

There is a common belief among many urban folks that a cowboy rides around all day and sings to cows. John Wayne and Tom Mix added “Drifting Ranch Saver” to their résumé.

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Cattle producers should follow recommended dehorning practices

Cattle producers should follow recommended dehorning practices


“A successful plan involves the use of a written protocol, knowledgeable and skilled personnel and ways to minimize stress and promote healing,” said Dr. Rosslyn Biggs, Oklahoma State Extension veterinarian and director of continuing education for the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “Seek input from your veterinarian when developing the written protocol.”

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U.S. CattleTrace offering ultra-high frequency tags for livestock

U.S. CattleTrace offering ultra-high frequency tags for livestock

Amy Hadachek
The Fence Post

Plans are going full steam ahead by the private organization, U.S. CattleTrace, to establish a nationwide cattle disease traceability program in the event of a disease outbreak. After just wrapping up a two year pilot research project, the CattleTrace team has selected ultra-high frequency tags for livestock.

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Biosecurity Should be a Priority for Cattle Producers

Biosecurity Should be a Priority for Cattle Producers


Having a biosecurity plan in place should be a priority for cattle producers. That according to Dr. Rosslyn Biggs, Oklahoma State University beef cattle extension specialist and College of Veterinary Medicine director. Biggs made a presentation on the secure beef supply plan at a recent Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association conference and says the secure beef plan focuses on foot and mouth disease.

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Tips for outside hay storage provided

Tips for outside hay storage provided

Wyoming Livestock Roundup

As producers are in the thick of putting up hay, many questions arise regarding the best practices for wrapping and storing harvested forage both indoors or outside and what impact storage might have on nutrient loss.

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Follow label-directed withdrawal times when selling treated cattle

Follow label-directed withdrawal times when selling treated cattle

Claremore Daily Progress

“The need to treat infectious ailments such as eye infections or foot rot is not uncommon in the summertime, with treatments often involving the use of antibiotics,” said Bob LeValley, Oklahoma Beef Quality Assurance coordinator with the Oklahoma Beef Council and OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

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National R-Calf USA convention hosted in Deadwood

National R-Calf USA convention hosted in Deadwood

Dominique Smith


R-Calf is the largest producer only membership organization exclusively representing U.S. cattle and sheep producers on domestic and international trade and marketing issues. The focus of the convention was legislation that would affect meat producers and consumers alike, and Thursday’s session focused heavily on RFID tracking and the beef checkoff.

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Thankfully someone cares about maintaining competition

Thankfully someone cares about maintaining competition

Edward Lotterman

Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Maintaining fair competition for meat-packers vis-à-vis farmers after decades of structural change in the industry is such an issue. Specifically, how can we maintain some semblance “market prices” for livestock as increasing percentages are sold under contracts, the terms of which are not disclosed.

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Optimum pasture ED

Optimum pasture ED

Clint Hardy

Messenger Inquirer

Writing this makes beef cattle production sound easy; it is not. Environmental factors create challenges all year. Mud and disease pathogens cause calf losses during winter. Summer drought, heat stress, face flies and endophyte-infected fescue reduce gains and conception in the summer. Yet forage management is the one component of beef production optimized with improved management to increase winter survival, overcome summer stress, and ultimately increase stocking rates.

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Fall Field Days will be online in 2020

Fall Field Days will be online in 2020

The Times and Democrat

Clemson University Research and Education Centers (RECs) will hold its first-ever Virtual Fall Field Days this year to inform the public of important research while protecting people from COVID-19. “Field days are important for helping get information from our researchers to the public,” said Matt Smith, resident director of the Pee Dee REC. “People who view the videos will get the same, if not more, information as they would by attending an in-person field day.”

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