Archive for April 2013

Determining Which Estrous Synchronization Protocol to Use in Heifers

By: Dr. Les Anderson Perhaps one of the more perplexing issues for ranchers considering estrous synchronization and AI (ESAI) is determining which protocol to use to control estrus. Many new systems for controlling the expression of a fertile estrus have been developed in recent years. Another complicating factor is that the best system for cows does…

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Genetic bootstraps

By: Miranda Reiman You decide. Each time you buy a bull, keep a heifer or cull a cow, you choose a future for your herd and, collectively, for a beef industry that is either blessed or burdened with high prices. “I don’t want record prices because of the lowest beef supplies in 50-some-odd years, said…

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Uniform cattle increase profit potential

By: Miranda Reiman John Simons ranches with his family near Enning, S.D., where they’ve focused on reducing variability in their Angus-based cowherd for the last 20 years. “If your calves all look the same, they’re just a pretty package,” he says. “And pretty sells.”  Sticking with one breed and bloodline for several years lets Simons…

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Cattle body condition monitoring important for producers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Monitoring condition in gestational and lactating cows is extremely important for successful reproduction, Purdue Extension beef specialist Ron Lemenager says. Cows with less-than-ideal body conditions can have longer postpartum intervals, calve later or just fail to breed at all. "If producers with spring calving herds have thin cows now, they need…

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Pressure not letting Up on Feeder Cattle Market

By: John D. Anderson At the end of March, the quarterly Grain Stocks report looked like just what the doctor ordered for an ailing feeder cattle market. News of larger-than-anticipated corn stocks sent corn prices tumbling. This, in turn, stimulated a sharp rally in feeder cattle futures. The April Feeder Cattle contract surged from just over…

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Producers Can Save Money, Reduce Environmental Impact

Proper nutrient management and application methods can save agricultural producers money on commercial fertilizer and greatly reduce their environmental impact, a North Dakota State University Extension Service specialist says. Using those methods is especially important this spring because the recent precipitation increases the risk of rapid runoff in North Dakota, according to Emily Kline, livestock…

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Producers Should Document Adverse Weather-related Livestock Losses

Producers should keep records of weather-related livestock deaths, North Dakota State University Extension Service specialists say. Those producers have experienced a variety of adverse weather conditions. "Late-spring snow, cold rain and sleet storms have moved across parts of the northern Plains, and have coincided with peak calving and lambing seasons," says Karl Hoppe, North Dakota…

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Stop Livestock Health Concerns before They Become Human Ones

Justin, TX – April 8, 2013 – As far back as 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recognized the critical concern that routine use of antibiotics in livestock production would become a major threat to the public’s health. They initially called for livestock operations to voluntarily reduce their dependence on feeding small doses of antibiotics…

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New Revolutionary “Reputation Feeder Cattle” Program Predicts Genetic Value

Verified Beef, one of the nation’s leading ranch calf certification companies, is setting the bar higher with a new, revolutionary verification program.  Feedyards can now rely on the “Reputation Feeder Cattle” (RFC) program which consists of three parts: 1) Genetic Merit Scorecard, 2) Calf Management, and 3) Age and Source to aid in their procurement…

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PURDUE ECONOMIST: WILL WEAK CATTLE PRICES CONTINUE?

By: Chris Hurt I thought finished cattle prices were going to have a very bullish year with prices well into the $130s by now. Live cattle futures started the year with the same enthusiasm, but have deflated since.  What went wrong?  The mystery can be unraveled by looking at supply and demand. On the supply…

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