Daily Archives: December 30, 2020

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 rains of the year (in order)

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 rains of the year (in order)


#10. January keep-the-lots-muddy rain.

#9. Sub-32 degree rain on a day you need to take a road trip.

#8. Planting time rain.

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Too Many Twins

Too Many Twins

Dr. Ken McMillan


The genetics for twinning, mildly heritable, are most likely in the cow side of the herd. Regarding your herd bulls, they have no effect on twinning. Most twins occur when the cow ovulates two eggs, which are then fertilized, producing fraternal twins. When one egg is fertilized and splits, we see identical twins. Multiple ovulation is a slightly heritable trait, so the genetics for twinning is most likely in your cow herd.

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Veterinarian explores ways to manage high-risk calves.

Veterinarian explores ways to manage high-risk calves.

Troy Smith

Angus Beef Bulletin

According to veterinarian Dan Thomson, there are a lot of similarities between efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and the efforts applied to managing bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in feedyards. Just like public health officials and politicians, feedyard managers want a solution to make the sickness stop. They push for new or better vaccines. Dissatisfied with their advisors, they may hire and fire a succession of consultants. They may even resort to gimmicky treatments.

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Feeding Soybeans To Cattle

Feeding Soybeans To Cattle

Jodi Henke

Successful Farming

Soybeans are usually priced too high to be included in feed rations for cattle. But this year’s dicey export market, weird weather, and low soybean prices are giving cattlemen an incentive to include soybean protein in the beef diet. This also helps soybean producers who, for whatever reason, can’t sell the crop or have the space to store it.

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Revisiting the use of urea as a protein supplement

Revisiting the use of urea as a protein supplement

John McKinnon

Canadian Cattlemen

Many of you will have noticed that calf prices have been under pressure this fall in part due to higher than expected feed prices. Both feed grains and many traditional protein sources (i.e. distillers grains, pulse screenings, commercial supplements) are trading at prices higher than a year ago

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Thin cows need to be watched carefully

Thin cows need to be watched carefully

Beef Magazine

Navigating the holiday season, with all of its eating and drinking events, has most people watching their rate of weight gain and striving for a skinner physique. Experts say that while that works for people, it’s not a good idea at all for cows, especially those that will be delivering a calf in just a few weeks.

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Cost Effectiveness of Silage Depends on Pricing It Correctly

Cost Effectiveness of Silage Depends on Pricing It Correctly


Calculating the economics of silage for beef producers seems like it would be cut and dried but not so. A lot has been learned recently about how to price corn silage. Beef producers are primarily focused on two approaches for growing and finishing cattle. First, how does silage fit as the predominant feed (50% to 80%) in a growing diet?

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The regenerative vs. industrial mindset

The regenerative vs. industrial mindset

Billy Whitehurst

Progressive Cattle

As niche markets grow, so has the focus on regenerative production models because the niche market consumer and producer both tend to have desires to break free from the high input, “bigger is better” industrial mindset.

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K-State plans 2021 calving schools

K-State plans 2021 calving schools

Angie Denton

Kansas State University

In anticipation of calving season, beef cattle experts from the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and K-State Research and Extension are planning a series of calving schools beginning in early January.

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Some land is better suited for hay

Some land is better suited for hay

Loretta Sorensen

Hay and Forage Grower

Would your marginal land be more profitable for hay production rather than corn or soybeans?  Iowa State University Extension Farm Management Specialist Charles Brown investigated that question and said the answer may be yes.

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