Daily Archives: December 24, 2020

Clostridial Vaccination Timing

Clostridial Vaccination Timing

Dr. Ken McMillan

Progressive Farmer

In an ideal world, with controlled calving seasons, calves should be vaccinated around that 4-month time period with a clostridial vaccine, as well as for infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR), bovine viral diarrhea (BVD), parainfluenza virus (PI3) and bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV).

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Forage Focus: Prioritizing What Hay to Feed and When

Forage Focus: Prioritizing What Hay to Feed and When

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Designing good winter feeding programs for ruminant livestock requires an understanding of both animal nutritional requirements and hay quality. The longevity of hay quality retention is dependent on factors determined on the day of hay harvest and the days following in storage.

Body condition scores can be used by producers to measure animal health.

Body condition scores can be used by producers to measure animal health.

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Good animal welfare and husbandry requires cattle receive an adequate diet, have ready access to water, and are free of heavy parasite and disease burden. One of the most important ways to assess animal welfare is by determining body condition throughout the production year, including precalving,

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The power of a gross margin in cattle production

The power of a gross margin in cattle production

Steve Kenyon

Canadian Cattlemen

It was 2001. I was a young man starting my farm from scratch. I was just starting a family, running a small herd of cattle and working way too many hours on and off the farm. Have you heard the saying that a farmer works eight hours a day to feed your family, then he works another eight hours a day to feed his? Well, that was me except it was more than eight hours off the farm. I hate that saying.

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Beef Alliance Startup Challenge Encourages Innovation in Cattle Industry

Beef Alliance Startup Challenge Encourages Innovation in Cattle Industry

Brian German

AgNet West

The Beef Alliance has announced a new initiative designed to help spur development of solutions for the cattle feeding industry. The Feeding Innovation: 2021 Startup Challenge is looking for innovators that can address some of the most pressing issues that are facing the industry. The challenge provides an opportunity to align cattle feeders with tech startups to help put industry solutions into action.

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Packers and Stockyards Act:  Unfair practices defined in final rule

Packers and Stockyards Act:  Unfair practices defined in final rule

Anna Miller

Western Livestock Journal

It’s been a long-fought battle, but USDA has finally defined what qualifies for “undue or unreasonable preferences” under the Packers and Stockyards Act. The journey to this final rule first began under the 2008 farm bill, when USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) was instructed to create rules to protect producers from unfair market practices.

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Brahman Legacy: Roger “Sloan” Williams Passes

Brahman Legacy: Roger “Sloan” Williams Passes

The County Gin

On December 22, 2020, rodeo and ranching legend Roger “Sloan” Williams passed away in Wharton, Texas. He was 88 years old. Sloan Williams was born on August 28, 1932 in Navasota, Texas to Knox T. Williams, Jr. and Catherine Sloan Williams. Sloan, his older brother Knox Williams III (deceased, 2005) and the Williams family resided in Millican, Texas, where Sloan’s father and grandfather were pioneering ranchers and landowners.

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Beef on Dairy a growing trend

Beef on Dairy a growing trend

Matt Reese

Ohio’s Country Journal

There are roughly 10 million dairy (breed) milk cows in the U.S. Dairy Herd. The bull calves born from this dairy herd make-up a significant portion of the animals slaughtered for beef each year. Over the last several years, the idea of breeding dairy breed cows with beef breed bulls has gained momentum, and is known as “Beef on Dairy.”

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Cover crops offer potential grazing benefit for cattle operations

Cover crops offer potential grazing benefit for cattle operations

Donald Stotts

Beef Magaizne

There are many factors to consider if using cover crops as a grazing resource.  Many Oklahoma ranchers have been reaping the benefits of feed cost and overall animal wellbeing by having cover crops available as forage resources heading into winter. However, cover crops are not going to be a viable option for every livestock operator.

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USDA Oversight of Gene-Edited Livestock: A Seismic Shift for Agriculture

USDA Oversight of Gene-Edited Livestock: A Seismic Shift for Agriculture

Pork Magazine

USDA announced its intention on Monday to have primary oversight over gene-edited livestock. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said this would be a significant step in modernizing regulations of agricultural animals modified or produced by genetic engineering.

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