• Consult the pros when fighting worms
  • Stop production losses from rodents and birds
  • Vector alert: Anaplasmosis

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Feedlot Focus

The “Green” Beetle

When looking at pest and parasite control in cattle, there’s a bug that is friendly to mankind and livestock – the dung beetle. The economic benefit of dung beetles is difficult to pin-point, but a 2006 study by Losey and Vaughan suggested dung beetle activities were worth close to $380 million annually in the U.S. Many old-timers recall watching dung beetles ...
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Stop Production Losses from Rodents & Birds

By: Jill J. Dunkel

Many pests and parasites cause losses directly to livestock through decreased production and illness, but other pests – like rodents and birds – can also cause substantial losses to livestock operations. The destruction to property can be tremendous, and the feed these pests consume and waste is extraordinary. A single rat will eat, spoil or damage approximately $25 ...
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Plan: What to do if your wet co-products run out

By: Luke Miller, M.S., Beef Nutritionist

Wet co-products are a common component of many cattle feeding programs. However, the availability of these co-products can be less than consistent during times of inclement weather, plant shut-downs, or simply a temporary imbalance of supply and demand. If you rely heavily on a consistent source of co-products, it is imperative to have a contingency plan ...
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Stocker Special

Long term management to reduce eye problems in cattle

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

Pinkeye has long been a costly nuisance to cattle producers.  Eye infections sometimes lead to partial or complete blindness in one or both eyes.  Reduced beef production in the form of lowered weight gain, milk production, body condition, and eventually even poorer reproduction can result from eye infections and lesions.  One ...
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Injectable vs. Pour-On – Which One is Right For Me?

By: Terri Queck-Matzie

Controlling internal parasites in cattle is serious business. A variety of products are available – in a variety of forms. Choosing the right solution for your operation can be challenging. Dr. Sonja Swiger, Livestock Veterinary Entomologist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, says factors to be weighed are time, labor, cost, and effectiveness. Key to effectiveness is making sure each animal ...
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Cow / Calf Corner

Insect Growth Regulators & Larvicides – Options for Fly Control

By: Heather Smith Thomas

It helps to have several tools to combat the flies that negatively impact cattle. One strategy that can be effective under certain conditions is the use of insect growth regulator (IGR) hormones. These natural hormones guide development of immature stages of flies and other insects. If normal concentrations in the insects are upset, flies don’t progress to ...
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Flexibility in Grazing Management

By: Heather Smith Thomas

Chad Lemke is a 5th generation rancher in Mason County, Texas. “We live where it seldom rains, the wind always blows, and every now and then we see some green grass!” he says. “We’ve learned to adapt, to survive. We run several hundred animals on several thousand acres, but numbers fluctuate. We are flexible every year, and sometimes ...
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Industry News

Turning fewer cattle into bigger feedlot inventories

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist

The June USDA Cattle on Feed report shows May placements at 90 percent of last year and marketings at 92 percent of last ...
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KLA Today: Apley will explain antibiotic compliance during free NCBA webinar.

NCBA is offering a free webinar June 23 for ranchers, feeders and dairymen to hear the latest on antibiotic use regulations. Kansas State University Professor of Production Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology Mike Apley ...
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Latest meat trade data encouraging

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist

The latest trade data for April generally showed relative improvement in meat trade despite a variety of continuing challenges.  The strong U.S. dollar ...
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Company News

Humane bird control options

Bird B Gone, the leader in bird-control products for commercial, industrial and residential applications now offers a complete line of bird control solutions for today’s grain storage and manufacturing facilities. Pest birds create ...
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Zoetis Introduces i50K Genomic Test

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (June 11, 2015)—A new genomic test from Zoetis enables producers to more affordably and accurately predict genetic merit of registered Angus animals. The new test, named i50K™, leverages historic adoption of HD ...
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House Ag Committee Passes COOL Repeal Legislation

The House Agriculture Committee approved legislation that would repeal Country of Origin Labeling (H.R. 2393) by a bi-partisan vote of 38 to 6. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President of Chugwater, Wyoming, cattleman Philip ...
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Marketing & Management

Nitrates in Groundwater

By: John George, P.E., Agricultural Engineering Associates

Q: I keep hearing about feedlots and lagoons contaminating groundwater with Nitrate Nitrogen. What is the real story? A: Manure contains significant Nitrogen which could be a concern if it reaches concentrations in groundwater higher than 10 mg/l as Nitrate (NO3). Nitrate in drinking water can be a concern for ...
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Beef News

Checkoff Shares Protein Science with Nutrition Experts

The beef checkoff, in partnership with the Egg Nutrition Center and National Dairy Council, recently shared checkoff-funded protein research with the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) at their annual symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., with 430 Registered Dietitians (RD) in attendance. “The evidence-based Advanced Practice Protein Summit held during the symposium ...
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