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Feedlot Focus

Kansas State University veterinary students provide assessments to more than 70 Kansas feedlots

MANHATTAN — Summer vacations usually involve travel and sightseeing, but for six Kansas State University veterinary students, their summer was spent visiting 74 feedlots in Kansas to provide a special feedlot assessment service. The students were selected and trained by Dan Thomson, Jones professor of production medicine and epidemiology in the university’s College of Veterinary…

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Feeding Quality Forum challenges norms

By: Miranda Reiman If you think you have the cattle feeding business all figured out, you’re probably mistaken. That’s according to speakers at the Feeding Quality Forum in Grand Island, Neb., and Amarillo, Texas, last week. The experts addressed what they “used to know” that’s no longer so. “After decades of slow change, the North…

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Stocker Special

Stocker purchase opportunities

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Stocker producers have numerous decisions to make when purchasing stocker cattle including the weight, gender, and quality of cattle to buy.  The appropriate choice for individual producers depends on the objectives of the stocker program and the type of production system.  Feeder cattle price…

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New tools available to monitor mineral intake

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Animal Scientist Proper mineral and vitamin nutrition contributes to strong immune systems, reproductive performance and calf or stocker cattle weight gain.  Both over and under consumption of mineral supplements can cause issues, including unnecessary expense.  Proper mineral consumption is especially critical when it contains medications such as chlortetracycline…

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Cow / Calf Corner

Interval feeding of protein supplement to cows on range

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Dry, pregnant beef cows grazing low quality warm season pastures in late summer, fall, and early winter are usually supplemented with high protein supplements.  It would be desirable to feed the supplement at less frequent intervals (than daily) to reduce labor and equipment costs. A…

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Put Pregnancy Analytics to work for you

We are making it easier for producers and veterinarians to manage pregnancy diagnosis information with a new mobile app – Pregnancy Analytics. Designed to serve as an instant data collection and analysis tool, the app will facilitate the transformation of data into actionable information for individual herds. Not only will the app will allow you…

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Industry News

Western Feedlots shutting down; Canada’s biggest feeder blames ‘headwinds’ in cattle industry

One of Canada’s largest cattle feeder operations is shutting down, blaming market forces currently rocking the feedlot sector as well as what it calls Alberta’s “poor political and economic environment.” Meanwhile, Alberta’s minister of agriculture and forestry says he was surprised by the move, expressing disappointment at the looming job losses but insisting the industry…

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Livestock biosecurity to be featured during 3i Show

DODGE CITY, Kan. — Growing and raising food to feed a growing world population is an important job and a huge undertaking for all farmers and ranchers. Besides the task of raising a wholesome food product, producers are also responsible for keeping that food supply safe. That task may seem daunting to many. K-State Research…

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Earn Free Beef Quality Assurance Certification This Fall

JOSEPH, Missouri (September 15, 2016) —From now through Nov. 13, producers and those affiliated with the cattle industry can take advantage of free Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) online certification This opportunity is possible through a partnership betweenBoehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) and the check-off funded BQA program. BQA helps those handling cattle learn better techniques…

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Company News

Merck Animal Health Launches Beef Sustainability Calculator App

MADISON, N.J., Sept. 27, 2016 – Merck Animal Health is pleased to announce the launch of a new app, the Meat Sustainability Calculator, which is designed to help producers, suppliers and others in the food chain better understand how the beef production systems and technologies they use impact the environment. The app was created in…

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Degelman Pro-Till® High Performance Tillage

The fastest and most versatile piece of tillage equipment you will ever own. Pro-Till® shreds heavy fall residue, opens up spring fields, levels ruts, destroys clods and produces an absolutely perfect seedbed. It shreds residue at speeds over 10 mph, up to three times the speed of traditional cultivators, while ensuring uniform distribution of residue…

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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

Have a crazy weekend ahead? Throw this Slow Cooked Beef & Vegetable Stew in the crock pot! • 2 pounds Beef Chuck (cut into 1 inch cubes) • ¼ cup Flour • Kosher Salt • Freshly Ground Black Pepper • 1 teaspoon Paprika • Olive Oil • 2 small Onions (cut into 1 inch cubes)…

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