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Feedlot Focus

Accountability On The Rise For Cattle Care, Drug Use

By: Steve Suther Antibiotic use hits cattle feeders as a cost, but a less direct system of accounting may affect treatment decisions going forward. Robin Falkner, Zoetis technical services veterinarian, explored that at the Feeding Quality Forum this summer in Grand Island, Neb., and Amarillo, Texas. He called attention to Walmart’s 2015 notice that it…

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When Are Cattle Done?

By: Katrina Huffstutler Once upon a time, cattle were considered done when they were fat enough to grade, big enough to sell or when the feed was about gone. But times have changed and so have the cattle. Robbi Pritchard, South Dakota State University emeritus professor, said our management must, too, when he spoke at…

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Stocker Special

Parasite Pressure Tool Online

Merial introduces a new parasite pressure tool that will allow cattle producers to monitor parasite pressure in their pastures and become aware of the conditions that could threaten their cattle. The tool was developed for and added to the Longrange® website. Parasite infections can lead to a number of herd health problems, including negative effects…

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Feeding Newly-weaned Calves

As spring beef calves are beginning to be weaned, it is the producer’s responsibility to help make that transition as smooth as possible. Improper weaning can result in poor growth, which may stay with the animal through its life, according to Kansas State University animal scientist Justin Waggoner. “I break down the weaning process into…

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Cow / Calf Corner

Producing The Right Calf to Fit the Market Key to Capturing Premiums

Though cattle prices have come down from historic highs, there are still ways for beef cattle producers to capture more dollars for their calves by adding value at the ranch, according to experts at the 45th South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic in Brenham. Several hundred beef producers from Washington, Brazos, Austin, Burleson, Fayette, Harris, Lee…

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Utilize Crop Aftermath Grazing To Supplement Nutrition At Key Gestational Times

By: Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service Fall is the time to take advantage of the gift of crop aftermath grazing. Why a gift? Well, generally, all you need to do is open a few gates and let cows gain weight grazing crop aftermath. If the bull was turned out June 1, the second…

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NDSU Feedlot School Set for Jan. 18-19

January 18 @ 8:00 am - January 19 @ 5:00 pm
Fri 20

Buying Bulls By The Numbers Workshop

January 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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News from Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University

January 26 @ 8:00 am - January 27 @ 5:00 pm
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Industry News

K-State Researchers Develop Vaccine

Kansas State University researchers developed a vaccine that could provide effective, antibiotic-free prevention of Fusobacterium necrophorum infection. The bacterium afflicts sheep and cattle with liver abscesses, calf diphtheria and foot rot or abscesses. The vaccine patent team includes M.M. Chengappa, distinguished professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology; T.G. Nagaraja, distinguished professor of diagnostic medicine and…

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BQA Producer Forum Open to All Cattle Producers

Attention all dairymen, cattle farmers and ranchers:  The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Producer Forum will be held Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Nashville, Tenn., during the Annual Cattle Industry Convention. The forum is open to all cattle producers and BQA stakeholders. This is a time for cattle producers to have their voices heard…

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Beef Market Price Dynamics

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Retail beef prices will continue adjusting down in 2017 due to retail market dynamics and continued growth in domestic beef consumption this year.  The most recent All Fresh retail beef prices in November were $554.20/cwt., down 7.5 percent from one year earlier.  All Fresh retail…

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Company News

Bovilis Coronavirus Vaccine

Bovilis Coronavirus Vaccine Merck Animal Health today announced the launch of BOVILIS CORONAVIRUS, the first USDA-approved modified-live intranasal vaccine to aid in reduction of enteric disease caused by Bovine Coronavirus (BCV). Most severe during winter months, BCV is often prevalent in cow/calf beef herds and dairy calves, and is frequently diagnosed as the leading pathogen…

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Pro-Till 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 to eliminate problems such as uneven and delayed emergence, hair pinning, erosion…

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Marketing & Management

Ag Outlook: External Factors Play Big Role

By: Miranda Reiman “Who is going to flinch first?” Dan Basse, president of AgResource Co., said that’s the main question he and his team ponder when looking at this “plateau” phase in the ag markets. “Is it your neighbor that’s going to cut back? Is it you?” the analyst asked, as he addressed cattle feeders…

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Beef News

Beef Bites

Looking for something quick and tasty to whip up this weekend? Give this Stuffed French Bread recipe a try! Ingredients 1 loaf french bread 1 pound lean ground beef 2 Tablespoons finely chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped celery 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 can cream of mushroom soup 2 Tablespoons milk 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce…

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