Daily Archives: January 21, 2021

Preventing weak calf syndrome

Preventing weak calf syndrome

Heather Smith Thomas

Canadian Cattlemen

Weak calf syndrome is a general condition rather than a specific disease, and can be caused by several different factors, sometimes multiple factors at the same time. The newborn calf is weak, unable or slow to rise, stand or nurse.

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Copper Deficiency

Copper Deficiency

Dr. Ken McMillan


True copper deficiency is most common in growing animals. A change in coat color is the sign of copper deficiency that most people point to because it’s easy to see. But real copper deficiency can cause what I call “pocket book changes”.

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Choices for Alternative Forages

Choices for Alternative Forages

Leif Bakken

Northern AG Network

Northern Ag Network territory grows some high-quality grass and alfalfa. In some cases, it’s nationally recognized and used on dairy and horse operations. For some producers, it may be time to change the rotation on the hay field or find another profitable option. There are typically two options; legumes and annual forages.

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Higher grain and corn costs to challenge cattle and poultry industries 

Higher grain and corn costs to challenge cattle and poultry industries 

Kim Souza

Talk Business

Rising grain prices will challenge the cattle market and chicken processors this year, according to Derrell Peel, livestock marketing specialist with Oklahoma State University, who said grain and oilseed prices have risen dramatically in the past four months.

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It’s a cold, cruel world

It’s a cold, cruel world

Jake Geis

Progressive Cattle

That unrelenting tyrant has descended once again upon the Dakotas – Old Man Winter. His arrival heralds subzero weather, wind-blown drifts that envelope pickups and, worst of all, brutally chapped lips. Its only positive attribute is that for one season, we don’t have to dodge road construction.

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Adding Sheep to a Cattle Operation in central Nebraska – A Producer’s Perspective

Adding Sheep to a Cattle Operation in central Nebraska – A Producer’s Perspective

University of Nebraska

Multi-species grazing can be an option to more fully utilize grazing resources. In this month’s BeefWatch Producer Perspective Podcast, Jim Jenkins from Custer County, Nebraska discusses why he made the decision to add a band of sheep to his operation and the opportunities he sees for sheep to complement cattle in Nebraska.

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Merck Announces Bovilis Nasalgen 3-PMH Intranasal BRD vaccine

Merck Announces Bovilis Nasalgen 3-PMH Intranasal BRD vaccine


Merck Animal Health has announced that Bovilis Nasalgen 3-PMH is now available to veterinarians and cattle producers to protect cattle from five of the most common pneumonia-causing viral and bacterial pathogens.

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Mental health creates mental toughness

Mental health creates mental toughness

Beef Vet

Jake Geis

Have you seen that picture of the man with the wrinkled, weathered face and gray hair saying, “Veterinary medicine isn’t stressful. I’m twenty-nine years old and feel just fine!”?

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Proper hay storage reduces waste, increases profit.

Proper hay storage reduces waste, increases profit.

Linda Geist

Angus Beef Bulletin

Environmental factors such as sunlight, precipitation, evaporation and ground conditions can affect quality. The size of the bale itself affects how much hay is wasted, says Humphrey. Larger-diameter bales have less loss. Smaller bales have about twice as much exposed surface for the same amount of hay.

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A New Environment for Ag Policy

A New Environment for Ag Policy


Clinton Griffiths

Following a turbulent 2020, which included a global pandemic, hard-fought presidential race and numerous congressional changeovers, the path of U.S. ag policy is likely headed for an adjustment. The “Sonny” sided leadership of USDA and its motto to “Do Right and Feed Everyone” will see the return of the long-tenure of Tom Vilsack. Add in new and retiring ag committee members in Congress, and the future of ag policy feels poised for a reset at the start of this new decade.

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