Archive for June 2014

Tale of Two Crops

By: Jill J. Dunkel Stocker operators, especially those in Texas, continue to feel the squeeze between high calf prices and an iffy wheat crop. A February deep freeze in the single digits damaged much of the wheat in the rolling plains of Texas, a region known for grazing stocker cattle on wheat pasture. Driving across…

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A Hard Look at the Numbers

By: Jill J. Dunkel Aggressive placements in the March Cattle on Feed report raised a few eyebrows of actually how many cattle have been placed on feed. Strong fed cattle prices have enticed feeders to capture this market when they can. Feedlots have placed more cattle four of the past five months, resulting in nearly…

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Checkoff featuring U.S. Beef in Middle East

U.S. beef exports set a record in 2013. And while Asia remains a strong center of demand for U.S. beef, you may be surprised to learn that countries in the Middle East are also key export customers.  Idaho and California beef producer Kim Brackett, Chair of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, said over 80,000 poeple attended…

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Improvement of Genetic Potential

By: John Winder, The Noble Foundation Genetic potential also plays a pivotal role in the reproductive process. Vast differences exist in reproductive potentials among cattle. However, improvement of potential for reproduction is not as straight forward as most other traits because animals do not express reproductive deficiencies until later in life. Researchers, however, have developed…

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BeefTalk: Calf Planting

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist As the Dickinson Research Extension Center winds up May calving, the year has been good. May calving involves pastures, grass and space. Because feed is not delivered in a bunk, the cow decides where she wants to be in the pasture and sets in motion a series of thoughts that…

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Input Sought for Revision on Asabe Box Manure Spreader Standard

ST JOSEPH, MICHIGAN— The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) is revising a standard on manure spreaders, ASAE S324.1, Volumetric Capacity of Box Type Manure Spreaders – Dual Rating Method, and is seeking comment on the proposed draft.     Last revised in 1986, the standard is being updated for clarity and simplification of…

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Up Up & Away

By: Don Tyler Last year at this time, cash cattle were bringing $125 per hundred weight. Last week Kansas cattle sold for $145, roughly 16 percent higher. Asking prices are 147 – 148 this week. It’s been an amazing time and looks to become even more so. In the February USDA Supply and Demand report,…

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VaxLiant marks first anniversary of vaccine innovation as a joint venture

LINCOLN, Neb., June 18, 2014 — Even before VaxLiant was formed in 2013, its leaders had been working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to create a breakthrough foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine. The result was what Dr. Luis Rodriguez, USDA Agricultural Research Service research leader, called…

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Beef Bites

Heading to a BBQ this weekend? Take these Beef & Couscous stuffed peppers along, thy're sure to be a hit!  Ingredients: 1 pound Ground Beef 15 baby sweet bell peppers (about 2-1/2 to 3 inches long, about 1-1/4 pounds) 2/3 cup regular or spicy 100% vegetable juice 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry…

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Prevention of Reproductive Diseases

By: John Winder, The Noble Foundation There are numerous diseases that affect reproduction. Fortunately, all of these can be prevented by vaccination and/or management practices. Reproductive diseases cause fetal death or abortion. The list of diseases is lengthy and includes diseases such as infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR), bovine viral diarrhea (BVD), leptospirosis (Lepto), vibriosis (Vibrio),…

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