Archive for August 2013

K-State’s Beef Stocker Field Day is Sept. 26

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Presentations on beef stocker economics to environmental impact to cattle health and more are planned for Kansas State University’s 2013 Beef Stocker Field Day on Sept. 26. The day begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the program at 10:15 a.m. at K-State’s Beef Stocker Unit located on West Marlatt Ave. on…

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BeefTalk: Vaccinate and Prepare Valuable Calves for Market

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist Vaccinate calves now in anticipation of weaning and preparation for sending the calves to market. I hope the calves already have had some vaccinations during branding or early summer cattle work, so now would be a good time to do booster vaccinations. If the calves have not been vaccinated, now…

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Premia Seed Drill

Kuhn North America now offers Premia mounted seed drills. The Premia gives users the possibility of working alone or in combination with a power harrow, reducing the number of passes over a field. The Premia has been recognized for its application rate and precision. Its well-designed hopper has a wide opening for easy filling and…

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Market Notes: Corn and Cattle Prices

The cash cattle market can only be described as flat for the last six weeks. Kansas printed 120 for a practical top for three weeks and then 119 for three weeks after that. We may have several more weeks of flat to slightly higher/lower prices with little encouragement coming from the latest Cattle on Feed…

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High prices low profits – Little relief in sight

By: Terri Queck-Matzie High feeder calf prices and high feed prices are eating into feedyard profits like a hungry steer at a feed bunk. “U.S cattle feeders have encountered the longest period of sustained losses on record, running in excess of $150 per head over the last year and a half,” says a June RaboBank…

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Are we dealing with bad bacteria?

According to a survey at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, the pathogen Mannheimia haemolytica was more resistant to antibiotics from 2009 to 2011. Brian Lubbers, assistant professor at the lab, said a survey or records of BRD cases shows drug resistance has increased. “We have been seeing an increase in the number of antibiotic…

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Moo-bile Apps Pocket Technology

By: Loretta Sorensen The sound of bawling calves and calls of nervous mother cows at calving time quickly pushes record-keeping ideas to the back of a producer’s mind. But detailed notes about body score, teat and udder conditions and other physical aspects of individual animals can provide valuable assistance both at weaning and prior to…

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Situational stocker supplementation

By: Paul A. Davis, Ph.D., PAS, DIPL, ACAS Nutritionist Grazing stockers during the summer months when pasture is plentiful results in attractive costs of gain.After arrival and acclimation, intense management is usually not necessary which further reduces input costs. With the exception of a quality vitamin-mineral supplement, substantial feeding or supplementing may not be warranted…

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