Archive for October 2013

Report: Merck works to bring Zilmax back to market

Amid a cloud of uncertainty since Merck pulled Zilmax off the market in August, a company spokesperson said this week that it has plans to resume sales of the beta-agonist after it completes an audit of how the product is used. According to an article from Reuters, a Merck spokeswoman said she could not speculate…

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Roto-Mix New Building Expansion

Dodge City, Kansas (October 1, 2013) – Roto-Mix LLC, a leader in cattle feeding and mixing equipment, has announced that is has broken ground on the expansion of its primary manufacturing facility located in Dodge City, Kansas. A new, freestanding 20,000 s.f. industrial building will be constructed adjacent to the existing service center to provide…

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Mineral Feeding Can Reduce the Risk of Grass Tetany Next Spring

By: Glenn Selk Much of Oklahoma and the Southern Plains will have wheat pasture to utilize as winter feed for stocker cattle, replacement heifers, and in some cases for adult cows.  At, and after calving time next January, February, and March “grass tetany” could occur in a few situations.   Grass tetany, caused by magnesium…

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Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth?

By: Dave Sparks DVM Do you suffer from sticker shock when you order or pick up the vaccines for your herd health program?  Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to lower these costs without putting your animals’ health at risk, but you can do some things to ensure that you are getting your…

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Replacement Heifer Demand is Impacting the Feeder Heifer Market

By: Derrell S. Peel There are indications that heifer retention is increasing this fall, although definitive data are not yet available.  The delayed October Cattle on Feed report, due out October 31, is expected to show a deeper decrease in heifers on feed.  Heifers on feed dropped sharply in the last half of 2012 then…

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Winter Feed Estimator is a great tool for cow-calf producers

By: Kable Thurlow The number one cost for beef cow-calf producers is feed, more specifically, mechanically harvested winter feed. Estimating the amount of forage that will be needed and then matching that with the amount of feed identified in a feed inventory will help cow-calf producers avoid running out of feed. Determining how much feed…

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Hurt: Higher corn, soybean yields put Indiana grain industry back to work

By: Jennifer Stewart WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A return to better crop-production weather and larger corn and soybean yields have combined to give much of Indiana's grain-handling industry a full workload after the 2012 drought left it with little grain to store, transport or process. Indiana has nearly 1.3 billion bushels of grain storage capacity,…

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Proper Forage Sampling Methods Could Help Prevent Prussic Acid Poisoning in Cattle

By: Katie Allen GARDEN CITY, Kan. – Clinical signs of prussic acid poisoning in cattle might include labored breathing and staggering. Prussic acid poisoning is a condition that occurs when cattle ingest forages with high levels of prussic acid, which inhibits the blood’s oxygen-carrying capacity and causes cattle to die very quickly. Producers should be…

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Cattle prices continue to climb as herd numbers fall

By: Jennifer Stewart WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Expectations of tight beef cattle supplies and strong demand are pushing cattle prices higher this fall – a trend that could continue for the foreseeable future, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says. Finished cattle prices hit their summer lows in early August at slightly below $120 per…

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