Archive for August 2012

Talking vegetative treatment system manages runoff

by Loretta Sorensen It was clear that Brian Andreason’s 550-head capacity feedlot at Kennard, NE, located near a stream and above a perched aquifer, needed a vegetative treatment system (VTS) to help mitigate runoff risk. But University of Arkansas professor and Water Management Engineer Dr. Christopher Henry (formerly at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln) thought Andreason…

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Restructuring Feeding Schedule can help with HEAT STRESS

Minimizing heat stress can also impact beef quality and cattle performance. Temperatures on the High Plains where a large number of feedyards are located have set records much of the summer. The scorching heat that Texas had to deal with last year has now spread northward, with forecasted highs of 100-plus degrees as far North…

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Your Shop as Customer Service Department

by Don Tyler Through years of working in the shop, managing a shop crew and now coaching shop managers, I’ve found there is a consistent pattern to mechanic’s complaints. From, “I can’t ever find my tools…” to, “How can we do regular maintenance when people keep interrupting us to fix something they tore up…” it…

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Hi-Plains Systems mobile app

Hi-Plains Systems, Inc., a major supplier of feedlot software to feedlots in the US and around the world, announces its development and release of new desktop software and a new app for iPhone and iPad. The app, IPRO.MED is available for purchase and download through the Apple App Store for either mobile device. When combined…

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Feeds can affect E. Coli levels in cattle manure

by Heather Smith Thomas Several types of E. coli are normal residents in bovine digestive tracts. Some cause illness in baby calves and some (such as E.coli 0157:H7) can cause illness in humans if meat is contaminated by manure on hides at slaughter. Studies have shown that levels of E. coli in the gut (and…

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The role of Beta-Agonists increasing beef production

by Jill J. Dunkel With the world’s population expanding and projected to reach 9.1 billion by 2050, there’s been a lot of talk over the last few years about our capacity to feed the growing population. With weather challenges that much of the U.S. is currently facing, the pressure to produce more food with ag’s…

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Deworming, late summer protein supplementation – Results are Additive

Oklahoma State University beef nutritionists studied the effects of deworming and protein supplementation during late-summer on performance of fall-born heifers grazing native warm-season pastures. Native range protein concentration falls below the requirements for growing cattle during summer and fall. Consequently, oilseed based protein supplements have been shown to consistently and efficiently improve performance of stocker…

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Beef Flavor Research: Consumer Changes from 2005 to 2012

The beef checkoff has continuous interest in conducting research among U.S. consumers to better understand preparation methods and flavors used in beef preparation. Given the changing nature of availability of foods and preferences, the beef checkoff has been tracking these consumption patterns. Research was conducted in 2002, 2005 and again in 2012. This year’s data…

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