Archive for May 2013

Butler Forage Field Day features cattle management strategies

By: Blair Fannin FRANKLIN – Keeping expenses in check and watching the price of corn were two discussion points before beef cattle producers attending the recent O.D. Butler Field Day at Camp Cooley Ranch. The Brazos Area Hay Producers and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Limestone, Leon, Madison, Milam, Robertson and…

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Substitute vs. supplement: Tips to make the most of your summer pasture

Shoreview, Minn. [May 21, 2013] – Managing a pasture through the summer requires planning. A managed pasture can help keep cows in proper body condition and prevent summer lulls in pasture performance. That’s according to Chad Zehnder, cattle consultant for Purina Animal Nutrition. He says that managed pastures can typically support the cow-calf herd from summer…

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OQBN Releases PRECON Program to Add another Tool for Oklahoma Producers to Utilize

By: Gant Mourer In 2001 Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association came together and formed a marketing and value added beef network for Oklahoma producers called The Oklahoma Quality Beef Network (OQBN). The Oklahoma Quality Beef Network, at its base, is a communication and educational tool to increase opportunities and provide quality cattle to…

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Spring Time Storms and the Cow Herd

By: Glenn Selk Spring time is thunderstorm season across the Plains.  As we observed this week, spring storms occasionally bring severe winds or even tornadoes.  Cleaning up after a severe storm is difficult enough.  Losing valuable cattle brings additional financial hardship to the situation.  Cattle loss can occur in several scenarios.  Livestock may be killed, lost,…

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New Kuhn Large Square Bale Wrapper

The new Kuhn SW 4004 large square bale wrapper features a solid design and a hydraulic sliding feature that allows unique drive-through operation. This provides the ability to widen the wrapper for easy bale loading, outstanding stability and unmatched visibility of the wrapping process. The patented loading system featured on the Kuhn SW 4004 has fewer…

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Transfer Factor – An effective way to prevent disease

By: Heather Smith Thomas Cattle producers deal with disease by vaccination for prevention, and anti-microbial drugs for treatment. The use of drugs is questioned today however, due to increasing numbers of drug-resistant pathogens, and the issue of drug residues in meat if drugs are not used appropriately. Some beef producers and veterinarians are looking at alternatives to…

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“Blind” Managers…

By: Don Tyler Self-awareness is our ability to see ourselves exactly as others see us. Fully self-aware individuals know how they are perceived by others and read other people’s verbal and non-verbal reactions to their comments and decisions with 100 percent accuracy. They do not deceive themselves by thinking that they are someone they are not.…

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NCBA Statement on USDA Issuing a Final Rule on Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling

WASHINGTON – The following is a statement from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Scott George, a Cody, Wyo. dairy and cattle producer, regarding today’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a final rule regarding the Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling Rule (MCOOL). “We are deeply disappointed with this short-sighted action by…

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Boxed Beef Run Continues; Feedlot Inventories Down Less

By: Derrell S. Peel Choice boxed beef finished last week at a record weekly average of $207.49/cwt., up $4/cwt. from last week and up $17/cwt. from the recent lows last month.  Though this market may be near a peak, the strength and duration of the recent run has been impressive and sets the stage for a…

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Zoetis, Texas Tech University partner in Salmonella research

MADISON, N.J., May 20, 2013 — Zoetis Inc., formerly the animal health business unit of Pfizer, today announced a gift of $100,000 forSalmonella research to Texas Tech University, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Department of Animal and Food Sciences. The research gift will help provide resources to better understand and describe the ecology of Salmonella in cattle…

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