Archive for November 2012

Management of Cows with Limited Forage Availability

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist   Most of the cow calf producers of the Midwest and Southwest are going into winter with very limited hay supplies and standing forage.  As they search for alternative methods to keep the cows in adequate body condition this winter, some were planning on wheat pasture…

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Can We Rebuild the Beef Cow Herd? Part 1

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist That was the question posed to me by a producer in response to my recent article suggesting that two years of drought liquidation, on top of previous liquidation, has pushed the beef cattle inventory so low that we are effectively “out of cattle” in terms…

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Prescribed Burning School dates set for 2013

The Academy for Ranch Management has set the dates in 2013 for their annual Prescribed Burning School and Advanced Prescribed Burning School at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research-Sonora Station located on State Highway 55 between Sonora and Rocksprings. The basic prescribed burning workshop will provide information on the history of fire, weather, planning a burn,…

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Beef cattle workshop to discuss bull selection, management techniques

A Jan. 18 workshop in College Station will teach beef cattle producers bull selection techniques and feature discussions on breeding programs, performance data, care and management. The program, to be held at the Texas A&M University Beef Center in College Station, will be led by Drs. Jason Cleere and Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension…

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High-tech agriculture tools will be spotlight of Amarillo farm show conference

Getting updated information at the touch of a button isn’t new. However, having that capability while standing in a cotton or wheat field and making decisions based on that technological connection is a growing market for agriculture. Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be participating in a new addition at…

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Don’t forget the bulls

by Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service Don't forget the bulls because the first winter storm brought in the reality of seasonal changes and the need to take care of the bulls. For many, the cows and calves head home, and then the calves are sorted for market. The busyness of it all is…

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U.S. unlikely to dominate future corn exports, economist says

by Steve Leer, Purdue University   The United States remains the world's corn export king, although its empire is shrinking, says a Purdue University agricultural economist. Foreign nations that previously relied on the U.S. for corn are growing more of their own or buying from other producing countries, said Philip Abbott. He predicted the trend…

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Prolapses in Beef Cows

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Prolapses occur occasionally in beef cows. Most prolapses occur very near the time of calving. Two distinct kinds of prolapse exist. Uterine prolapse requires immediate attention and if treated soon, most animals have an uneventful recovery. If they subsequently rebreed and become pregnant there is no…

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It Always Takes Longer Than You Think; We are “Out of Cattle”

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Exactly two years ago I wrote an article about the implications of declining cattle numbers (“At What Point Do We Run Out of Cattle”, Cow Calf Corner, November 15, 2010) .  In that article I suggested that after many years of herd liquidation, we had…

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