Archive for January 2014

Understand “Normal” Calving

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Late January is the time that requires last minute preparations for the upcoming spring calving season.  Before the first heifer begins the calving process this spring, it would be wise to review what takes place in a normal delivery.   Understanding “normal” will help us…

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Sorting Out the January Cattle and Beef Market Run

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist It appears that the phenomenal January run of wholesale beef prices may be over.  Choice and Select boxed beef prices peaked on Wednesday, January 22 at $240.05/cwt (Choice) and $237.44/cwt. (Select).  Choice boxed beef dropped back nearly $3/cwt by Friday with Select dropping just…

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New Calf Chute Design

January 27th 2014 Boaldin Livestock Enterprises announces their new product the John- Ease Small Calf Chute. The Boaldin family has designed, tested and perfected this new product on their Elkhart Kansas 3-Point Ranch and Boaldin Ranch near Dighton Kansas. This new chute features a new technique for more efficient handling of small calves with less…

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Making Every Drop Count

By: Macy Malone Water is the lifeblood of agriculture over the Ogallala aquifer, one of the largest aquifer systems in the world covering 174,000 square miles. It is estimated to have about the same amount of water storage capacity as Lake Huron. For over a century, the massive underground water system has been providing water…

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Keep Calm Replacements In Your Herd

Everyone knows that high-strung animals can be dangerous to workers and hard on facilities. But “temperament is not just a convenience trait. It’s truly an economic trait,” says Dr. Ron Randel from Texas A&M. A research team made up of scientists from the Agricultural Research Service’s Livestock Issues Research Unit (LIRU) in Lubbock, Texas, Mississippi…

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Purina Accuration® Block

Purina Animal Nutrition introduces Accuration® Block, a new balanced supplement for beef cows. The supplement is formulated to help cows maintain ideal body condition scores (BCS) by providing the nutrients cattle need to complement available forage. The Accuration® Block incorporates Intake Modifying Technology,® a proprietary technology developed by Purina Animal Nutrition. This technology encourages snack…

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Creative Hiring Techniques

By: Don Tyler, Tyler & Associates One of the biggest challenges that feedlots are dealing with at this point in time is the ability to find quality employees. When we have tried several of our traditional recruiting methods and gotten inadequate results, it may be time to try something creative. Here are a few techniques…

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CHAPS Herd Benchmarks

Jan. 23, 2014 By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist – NDSU Extension Service Performance in the beef business is evaluated by reviewing the overall herd. If there are indications that overall herd performance needs to be addressed, the first step is to compare the herd's performance with a benchmark to gauge what is normal. Understanding normal,…

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New VetMAX-Gold Trich Detection Kit

Life Technologies Introduces First USDA-Licensed Real-Time PCR Test for the Detection of Tritrichomonas foetus DNA in Bulls VetMAX-Gold Trich Detection Kit New VetMAX-Gold Trich Detection Kit provides a diagnostic solution to help address harmonization of Tritrichomonas foetus laboratory testing   CARLSBAD, Calif. – Jan. 21, 2014 – Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE) today announced the availability of the only USDA-licensed,…

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Purdue agronomists offer post-harvest corn research updates

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Extension agronomists have published research updates regarding corn plant populations and nitrogen management guidelines for Indiana growers. Plant populations and nitrogen rates are hot topics in agriculture as input costs continue to be high and growers seek to optimize yields. "These two variable crop inputs are the most expensive that…

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