Daily Archives: August 25, 2020

Sweetclover Hay Can be Toxic

Sweetclover Hay Can be Toxic

Ellen Crawford


Sweetclover can provide good nutrition to cattle because it is high in protein and energy when not mature. However, sweetclover can become toxic to cattle if fed as hay, North Dakota State University Extension livestock systems specialist Karl Hoppe cautions. Sweetclover is a biennial legume that lives for two years. It is a prolific seed producer because the plant will die after producing seed during the second year.

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Cattle markets still valuing added pounds

Cattle markets still valuing added pounds

Doug Ferguson

Beef Producer

The feeder markets were mostly higher to steady so far this week. Value of gain (VOG) remains high enough to make feeder to feeder trades profitable. Demand was good for feeders this week. Cattle are selling well at live auction and on video auctions right now.

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California Judge Surprisingly Rules In Favor Of Trump Water Rule

California Judge Surprisingly Rules In Favor Of Trump Water Rule

Oklahoma Farm Report

The new Trump water rule, officially called the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, is being challenged by a multitude of environmental groups searching for a favorable judge to rule in their favor. One of the more prominent cases can be found in California, says Scott Yager, Chief Environmental Counsel of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Now this is really interesting because (the presiding judge) Judge Seeborg has a long history of striking down Trump executive orders, Yager said.

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Options to consider for pastures at season’s end

Options to consider for pastures at season’s end

Kindra Gordon

Angus Journal

For cattle producers, fall can feel like a time to ease up on the summer grazing schedule. Often once fall arrives, the temptation is to “open the gates” and let the livestock have the run of the pastures. But range managers agree this is one of the most costly mistakes that can be made.

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Treatment for Bloat

Treatment for Bloat

Dr. Ken McMillan

Progressive Farmer

There are two types of bloat—frothy bloat and free gas bloat. Frothy bloat is more common and usually occurs when cattle are on lush pastures. Certain legumes, including alfalfa and some clovers, increase the risk for this type of bloat. Free gas bloat occurs if there is a blockage or nerve damage in the esophagus that prevents eructation. Almost certainly, this calf has free gas bloat because of nerve damage.

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The whys, hows and whens of a fall calving season

The whys, hows and whens of a fall calving season

Erika Lundy

Progressive Cattle

With pregnancy-check season just around the corner, now is a great time to reflect on how this year’s breeding season went. Open cows don’t make the farm profitable. While some females need a career change due to attitude, age, structure or poor performance, sometimes cows are open due to circumstances outside of their control.

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Mitigating mycotoxins to maximize feed quality

Mitigating mycotoxins to maximize feed quality

Pat Crowley

Progressive Forage

Mycotoxin contamination can affect even the most well-run dairy farms. It’s important for farmers to detect mycotoxins early so they can mitigate the risk to their animals and minimize any future health and production issues that could arise in the future.

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Genetics Help Cattle Maintain Lower Body Temps

Genetics Help Cattle Maintain Lower Body Temps

Becky Mills


Those internal thermometers are a must-have, allowing researchers to monitor cows’ temperatures when they are in pastures. Mateescu also takes a hair sample and skin biopsy. She is finding that even though, on average, Angus and Angus-cross heifers have longer, thicker hair coats, there is quite a bit of variation and room for selection when it comes to this trait. The same holds true with sweat glands.

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Demand for U.S. cattle is strong, for now

Demand for U.S. cattle is strong, for now

Amie Winters

The demand for U.S. fed cattle is strong, but a state livestock and meat specialist said this will be a telling week. Jeff Swenson of the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said this is the last week of cattle-buying to fill Labor Day holiday orders.

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South Dakota leadership puts focus on helping cattle producers

South Dakota leadership puts focus on helping cattle producers

Janelle Atyeo

Tri-State Neighbor

After the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted weaknesses in the food supply chain, specifically a bottleneck when it comes to processing meat, South Dakota leaders say they’re working on solutions to help cattle producers. There are efforts to loosen regulations on meat sales across state lines and programs to give U.S.-raised beef a leg up in the marketplace being championed by South Dakota’s delegation in Washington, D.C. At home, state leaders are hoping to help small processors handle the newfound demand for locally processed meat.

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