Daily Archives: February 12, 2021

Baxter Black:  BELIEVE IT OR NOT!

Baxter Black:  BELIEVE IT OR NOT!

Do you believe in ghosts? How ‘bout angels? Miracles? Taro cards? I grew up believin’ in Heaven and all its assorted angelic inhabitants and their counterparts in the singed black hats. Reincarnation wasn’t taught in Sunday School but we were encouraged to believe that souls existed. So, with this sort of background it was easy for me to accept ghosts. Especially when I saw the ‘ghost of Yankee Bill Summit.’

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Cold winter storms stress cattle

Cold winter storms stress cattle

Farm Progress

Cattle are “robust creatures,” says K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner. Nonetheless, producers should consistently monitor cattle’s condition during cold periods. Farmers should increase feed to reduce cow stress in wet winters.  A Kansas State University beef cattle specialist is urging the state’s producers to continue monitoring their cattle’s condition, especially during periods when Mother Nature sends her winter chill.

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The impact of salmonella on feedlot cattle and the beef supply

The impact of salmonella on feedlot cattle and the beef supply

Jennifer Schutz, Steve Lerner, Allen McDonald and Jim Turner

Progressive Cattle

Salmonella enterica (commonly referred to as salmonella) is a leading cause of foodborne illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that salmonella causes over one million foodborne illnesses every year in the U.S.

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Calf vaccinations: Intranasal route or subcutaneous injection?

Calf vaccinations: Intranasal route or subcutaneous injection?


Farm & Ranch Guide

Is it better to give vaccines by the intranasal route or through a subcutaneous injection? Dr. Gerald Stokka, NDSU Extension veterinarian and livestock stewardship specialist, spoke about vaccines at the virtual Central Dakota Ag Day on Dec. 3. He earlier gave a short presentation that was posted YouTube that discussed ag stressors that play a much larger role in keeping cattle healthy.

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Despite higher grain costs, feeding cattle could remain profitable

Despite higher grain costs, feeding cattle could remain profitable

Andrea Johnson

Minnesota Farm Guide

It came as a surprise when corn prices began moving higher after the Iowa Derecho event in August. Nearby corn futures following the Aug. 10-11 event included – Aug. 13: $3.22; Sept. 13: $3.69; Oct. 13: $3.90; Nov. 12: $4.14; and Dec. 11: $4.20 per bushel. A dollar increase per bushel of corn has been helpful to many corn producers, and beef feedlots should be okay too with the higher grain prices.

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Understanding the Importance of Your Herd’s Energy Reserves

Understanding the Importance of Your Herd’s Energy Reserves

Adele Harty

South Dakota University

The energy reserves of a herd are a direct correlation to nutrient supply and balance. Feed prices account for greater than 60% of South Dakota producers’ annual operating expense, so it becomes critical for producers to understand how to evaluate and manage the energy reserves of a beef cattle herd.

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Proper Vaccine Storage In Cold Winter Weather

Proper Vaccine Storage In Cold Winter Weather

Glenn Selk

Bovine Veterinarian

Very cold temperatures cause extra problems for cow calf producers as they strive to proper storage of important biological products that will be required for the health of the herd.  Normally the concern about vaccine storage in refrigerators is during summer and the need to keep them cool. Nonetheless, very low night time winter temperatures can have an adverse effect on vaccines that are stored in refrigerators that are located in unheated enclosures such as tack rooms in barns.

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The cost of pregnancy loss

The cost of pregnancy loss

Southern Livestock

In a recent multicounty webinar series titled “Show Me the Money”, speakers addressed the topic of value and cost of lost pregnancies. Pregnancy rates determined at pregnancy checks are usually higher than number of calves born. Some of these losses can be attributed to disease or genetics but such losses increase the breakeven price of the remaining calves.

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Cow nutrition discussed

Cow nutrition discussed

Wyoming Livestock Roundup

University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension Educator Troy Walz shares insights for feeding cows during late gestation and early lactation during a UNL Beefwatch webinar, dated Jan. 26. These insights include beef cow and heifer nutritional requirements, periods of high and low nutritional demands, ranch resources, body condition of cows and corresponding effects to the calf.

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What Does the Increased Grain Prices Mean for Backgrounders?

What Does the Increased Grain Prices Mean for Backgrounders?

Jeff Lehmkuhler

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

This time of year, we receive several questions regarding supplementing cows and calves. Often, I must ask what feeds are available and prices as this is rarely included in the original request. I see a wide range in feed prices when this information comes back. However, one thing is certain, feed prices are higher in 2021. What impact will this have on the backgrounding segment?

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