Monthly Archives: November 2020

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 observations of having a vegan guest for Thanksgiving

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 observations of having a vegan guest for Thanksgiving

#10. If you really are what you eat, this guy is a glazed nut roast.

#9. Between the leather couch and the wool rugs, the poor guy can’t decide whether to sit or stand.

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Grouping the Cowherd for Winter Feeding

Grouping the Cowherd for Winter Feeding

Steve Boyles

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Young-bred heifers and young cows that have just weaned their first calf should be fed separately from the mature cows in the herd. The young animals are smaller, still growing, and are replacing their temporary teeth.

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Dangers of bovine leukosis are heavy on a herd

Dangers of bovine leukosis are heavy on a herd

John Langdon

Progressive Cattle

Bovine leukosis is a very common enzootic infection in beef cattle, caused by the virus bovine leukemia virus, that can be transmitted between cattle by means of infected blood – mostly through infected needles, eartagging/tattoo equipment, dehorners, A.I. sleeves and some insects.

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Do good fences make good neighbors?

Do good fences make good neighbors?

Charles Wallace

Western Livestock Journal

As the urban population grows in many Western states and begins to encroach onto rural areas, it is important to get a refresher on fence laws and whether you are liable if a vehicle hits your animal. In October, Tiffany Lashmet, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension ag loss specialist, presented a webinar giving an overview of this issue along with addressing participants’ questions on a host of topics producers encounter.

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Podcast offers three key areas of veterinary focus for the future.

Podcast offers three key areas of veterinary focus for the future.

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Fred Gingrich, veterinarian and executive director of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, joins the extension experts at Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) to talk about three key areas of veterinary focus for the future — antimicrobial stewardship, cattle health and well-being, and environmental stewardship. Listen as they talk practical applications for both veterinarians and beef producers.

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COOL Genes for HOT Cattle Goes Here

COOL Genes for HOT Cattle Goes Here

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

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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Faculty Spotlight: Matthew Spangler

Faculty Spotlight: Matthew Spangler

University of Nebraska

I grew up on a farm and ranch in Kansas and developed a passion of agriculture in general and beef cattle specifically there. I developed an interest in animal breeding and genetics during my undergraduate studies at Kansas State University which led me to purse a master’s degree at Iowa State and doctorate degree at the University of Georgia. I was fortunate to have joined the faculty at UNL in 2008.

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Oklahoma to fill the NWSS gap

Oklahoma to fill the NWSS gap

Ruth Nicolaus

The Fence Post

When Denver’s National Western Stock Show canceled its 2021 show in mid-September, it left a gaping hole in the beef cattle breeding world. A show has stepped up to fill that gap. In Oklahoma, a group has come together to form the Cattlemen’s Congress, to be held Jan. 2-17 at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, with the Oklahoma Youth Expo hired to manage the show.

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Young farmers urged to have “tough” conversations

Young farmers urged to have “tough” conversations

Jeff Ishee

On the Farm Radio

A group of young agriculturalists are hashing out tough topics in monthly virtual meetings. An online series for young adults in agriculture called “Difficult Conversations in Ag” is a forum for high school- and college-age individuals to dig into the complexity of current—and sometimes controversial—agricultural issues.

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Cattle producers face decisions as drought intensifies

Cattle producers face decisions as drought intensifies

AgriLife Today

Drought conditions and a drier-than-normal winter has put cattle producers in a common dilemma – try to preserve herd size with supplemental feed or cull to stretch limited forage resources for quality cows and calves, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

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6 to-dos for winter herd management

6 to-dos for winter herd management

Twig Marston

Progressive Cattle

Winter nutrition and management has many focal points, but there are a few management decisions all cattle producers should place on their to-do lists. Most spring-calving herds look at winter as a time to prepare cow herds for calving, early milk production and the breeding season.

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Cattle Poisoned by Acorns

Cattle Poisoned by Acorns

Dr. Ken McMillan

Progressive Farmer

Cattle foraging after trees are blown down, or large numbers of acorns are blown off those trees, may show signs of poisoning due to tannins in the acorns. Prompt action is vital.

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Slow Pace of U.S. Beef Exports a Concern, Says Market Analyst Katelyn McCullock

Slow Pace of U.S. Beef Exports a Concern, Says Market Analyst Katelyn McCullock

Oklahoma Farm Report

While pork exports will likely set record levels this year, the slow pace of beef exports is a concern, says Katelyn McCullock, director and senior agricultural economist for the Livestock Marketing Information Center, based in Denver, Colo. McCullock noted a lot of people like to talk about the importance of China, yet China is not a big beef market as the volume lost in Mexico is roughly the same size as the total Chinese imports. By the end of 2020 we are expecting a decline in total beef exports year over year but how much is hard to say, McCullock said.

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Facial Recognition Is Not Just For Your Phone. It Could Be Used To Prevent Livestock Disease.

Facial Recognition Is Not Just For Your Phone. It Could Be Used To Prevent Livestock Disease.



When it comes to identifying cows, Jake Calvert, a rancher from Norman, OK, goes by the KISS Principle: keep it simple, stupid. “Green is for grade cattle. Pink is for our purebred cows, and that’s because all of them exhibit just a little bit more femininity than our grade cattle. Yellow is the bull,” Calvert says.

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CattleFax says: Market lows should be behind us

CattleFax says: Market lows should be behind us

Kindra Gordon

Cattle Business Weekly

Representing CattleFax, Lance Zimmerman projects the cattle market has seen the lows in 2020, and he says, “barring a catastrophic event, market prices should be moving forward.” And that’s not just through the end of the year. CattleFax data suggests the industry has reached the peak on expansion, and tighter supplies over the next three to four years will favor higher cattle prices.

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Farmers’ Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program

Farmers’ Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program

Colter Brown

Northeren AG Network

As farmers start signing up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) across the country, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has released its Farmers’ Guide to CSP. With interest growing nationwide in farming practices that can protect natural resources and reduce the impacts of climate change, the NSAC says this is a key time for producers to explore CSP.

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Mineral Match-up

Mineral Match-up

Kindra Gordon

Angus Journal

If your cow herd is struggling with poor pregnancy rates, weak newborn calves or lackluster growth in general, a mineral deficiency could be to blame. “Minerals matter because they support many of an animal’s biological pathways,” notes Stephanie Hansen, an Iowa State University beef feedlot nutrition specialist.

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Oxen on the farm

Oxen on the farm

Jodi Henke

Successful Farming

Oxen have been the beasts of burden for centuries. Their ability to work the land and plod their way across the countryside helped build our nation. Despite all the machinery and technology we have today, there are those who still choose to work their farms with oxen.

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Winter Cow Supplementation: Protein and Energy Explained

Winter Cow Supplementation: Protein and Energy Explained

Caitlin Hebbert

American Cattlemen

In the article “Nutrient Synchrony: Protein and Energy Working Together,” we discussed how protein and energy act synergistically in the rumen to booster animal performance: Each requires the other for peak function. We also mentioned how winter supplementation often consists of a protein supplement but that protein is not always the limiting nutrient. In this article, we will talk about both protein and energy supplementation and how to know which is the limiting nutrient and when to feed it.

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Weigh your product’s profitability

Weigh your product’s profitability

Doug Ferguson

Beef Producer

Value of gain continues to be a watch point as it varies greatly.

For years I thought the phrase “reputation cattle” was just something an auctioneer said to make a consignor feel good. I can now tell you it is a real thing. We all have a reputation that extends to our cattle. Question is, what is your reputation?

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