Archive for April 2014

Watching bulls closely

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist The first of May is typically a date planned for turning bulls into the breeding pasture with spring-calving adult cows. A good manager keeps an eye on his bulls during the breeding season to make sure that they are getting the cows bred.  Occasionally a bull…

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Less cattle on feed; seasonal slaughter increases ahead

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist The April Cattle on Feed report showed that feedlot inventories as of April 1 were 10.86 million head, 99 percent of inventories one year ago.  March placements were down 3.7 percent from last year; a surprise compared to the pre-report expectations for placements to be…

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Scholarships support future beef industry leaders

By Laura Conaway The Certified Angus Beef ® brand awarded $20,000 to six students for their community and beef industry leadership and achievements. Since its inception in 1999, the Colvin Scholarship Fund has supported nearly 50 future leaders in their endeavors to continue education in agriculture and animal sciences. Developed to honor the brand’s founding…

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BeefTalk: Grass Turnout Date is More Than a Desire

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist Evidence of the calving season in the northern Great Plains is clear. All one needs to do is drive down any road and look at the pastures. You will see lots of calves bouncing around on warm days. The cows seem content, and one may even notice a producer or…

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Awareness Can Help Prevent Grain Bin Engulfments, Increase Grain Bin Safety

By: Tracy Turner COLUMBUS, Ohio – With many grain bins statewide full of stored grain this time of year,  safety experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are reminding farmers to be aware of safety precautions to prevent grain engulfments and to have an overall awareness and understanding of grain…

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Short term calf removal

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Cows that were in marginal body condition score at calving may benefit slightly from the management practice called “short term calf removal”. “Short-term calf removal” is the term that describes the temporary physical separation of the calf from its mother. This removes the nursing stimulus from…

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Beef Bites

The weekend is around the corner, how about trying out these cheesy beef enchiladas? Yum! INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 cups enchilada sauce, divided 1 tablespoon olive oil 8 ounces ground beef 1 (4.5-ounce) can diced green chiles Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1/2 cup canned corn kernels, drained 1/2 cup canned black…

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Cattle and beef markets so far in 2014

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist  The first quarter of 2014 saw unprecedented prices for all classes of cattle and beef.  Retail beef prices moved sharply higher in March for both Choice and All Fresh beef.  The March retail Choice price was up 6.7 percent over December levels while the All…

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Some Cows’ Infertility Linked to Y Chromosome

By Sandra Avant One reason why some cows cannot get pregnant may be because they have male (Y) chromosome fragments in their DNA, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study. Reproductive efficiency is the most economically important trait in cow-calf production. When a cow does not produce a calf, the producer does not…

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BeefTalk: Are 60 Percent Calving in First 21 Days?

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service Just do it: Grab a pen and paper to calculate the percentage of cows calving in the first 21 days of the calving season. This is a very important number to record and think about as one develops management plans and reviews those plans. Why? The upcoming…

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