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Feedlot Focus

Feedlot nutritionist ‘boot camp’ prepares grad students for careers in feedlot industry

MANHATTAN, Kan. — August 1 marks the beginning of the third biennial Feedlot Nutritionist Boot Camp, which will bring 30 feedlot nutrition graduate students from across the country to Amarillo, Texas to learn about the realities of commercial feedlot management.  The training is run by animal science professors Mike Hubbert of New Mexico State University…

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Outstanding Leaders in the Industry Honored at Annual Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame Banquet

Kansas City, Mo. (July 18, 2016) — Feeding cattle is a challenging job. There are everchanging grain prices, shifting consumer demand, dynamic input costs, a fluctuating cattle market, in addition to all the other typical business responsibilities. Handling all of those variables – while continually producing the most wholesome, safe and affordable beef in the…

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Stocker Special

Hornflies: The $1 Billion Bite At Profits

Can you imagine being bit 120,000 times per day? It might be hard to imagine what this feels like, however during peak timeframes, as many as 4,000 horn flies can call a cow’s hide home. At 30 blood meals per day, that adds up to 120,000 bites per cow. Not only are these bites irritating…

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Time Liver Fluke Treatment for the Fall

If you’re treating for liver flukes this spring, you may not be getting the most out of your deworming dollars. Liver flukes are a devastating cattle parasite in many parts of the United States, with significant focus in the Gulf Coast, decreasing productivity, affecting reproductive health and hurting a producer’s potential profitability. It’s important to…

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Cow / Calf Corner

Time of day of harvest and impact on nitrate concentration

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Forage sorghums are used by cattle producers for summer grazing or harvested for hay.  Forage sorghums can be very productive and high quality, but can also accumulate toxic levels of nitrate when stressed.  Based on the assumption that the plant continues soil nitrate uptake during nighttime…

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Cows’ summer heat stress increases when grazing toxic fescue pastures

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The summer slump in cool-season grass growth got a knockout punch from heavy rains in July across much of Missouri. Good growth for most grasses won’t be good for toxic tall fescue pastures, says Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. “Keep your eyes open,” Roberts tells cow herd owners. “The…

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Industry News

Cattle on Feed, Cold Storage but no Cattle Inventory report

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist The July Cattle on Feed report confirms that the feedlot situation continues to improve in 2016.  Feedlot placements in June were up year over year but less than expected at 103 percent of last year.  June marketings were as expected at 109 percent of last…

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Feeding Quality Forums set for August

Feeding cattle is dynamic. Always evolving, always adapting to weather, markets, technology, scientific studies and shifts in consumer demand. That’s why those who drive the supply train for grain-finished beef gather each summer for a day to compare notes and update their knowledge base. The Feeding Quality Forum (FQF) will convene August 23 in Grand…

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Prepare for Heat Stress in Cattle

Heat stress could become a problem for livestock because of a pocket of slow- moving hot air that is forecast for the upper Great Plains next week. “The greatest impacts of heat stress come when cattle are exposed to a combination of elevated temperature and humidity over a period of time,” says North Dakota State University Extension Service…

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Company News

Bayer DeltaGard

Bayer Animal Health introduces a new cold fog aerosol insecticide for control of flies and mosquitoes. DeltaGard® Insecticide provides an ultra-low volume method of control for fly species and resistant mosquito species to help producers treat these pests quickly and effectively. The active ingredient in DeltaGard, deltamethrin, is the first and only Type II pyrethroid…

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Merial parasite control educational video

A free online video is now available to help producers access up-to-date information on strategic parasite control and the impact it can have on their operations’ bottom line. The video segment topic, “Resistance,” explains – in simple terms – the cycle of resistance and offers information on the latest technology in parasite control. “With numerous…

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Marketing & Management

Can I get rid of my EPA CAFO Permit

I understand that the Federal Appeals Court has twice decreed (2005 and 2011) that EPA is overstepping their statutory basis by requiring CAFOs to have a Discharge Permit who have no discharge. My CAFO does not have a discharge, yet EPA continues requesting permit renewals and all the other red tape associated with their permit.…

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Beef News

Beef Bites

Want to put a twist on your summer favorite? Try out these Horseradish & Mushroom Burgers with Roasted Potato Wedges this weekend!  Ingredients: Burgers: 1-1 1/2 pounds ground beef 16 ounces white mushrooms (sliced) 1 tablespoon horseradish (grated, store-bought) 12 slices Swiss cheese 1 stick butter 6 hamburger buns (any style) freshly ground black pepper…

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