Archive for June 2015

Understand and avoid heat stress in cattle

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Understanding and avoiding heat stress in cattle can be a valuable management tool for summertime in Oklahoma. Most areas of Oklahoma have 10 or more days each year above 100 degrees and 70 or more days with high temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. (Source: 1997…

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Meat prices and production

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist The latest retail meat price data for May shows Choice beef prices at $6.412/lb., up one cent from April and 8.4 percent higher than one year ago.  The All-Fresh retail beef price was 2.2 cents higher than last month at $6.059/lb., up 10.8 percent…

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Don’t Shed Any Tears Over Pinkeye This Summer

ST. JOSEPH, Mo., June 25, 2015 — Any producer who has experienced a pinkeye outbreak is keenly aware of the discomfort and lost performance that can occur. Every year a producer can lose thousands of dollars due to poor weight gains, drop in milk production, labor in treating infections and docked sale prices due to…

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Nitrates in Groundwater

By: John George, P.E., Agricultural Engineering Associates Q: I keep hearing about feedlots and lagoons contaminating groundwater with Nitrate Nitrogen. What is the real story? A: Manure contains significant Nitrogen which could be a concern if it reaches concentrations in groundwater higher than 10 mg/l as Nitrate (NO3). Nitrate in drinking water can be a…

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Long term management to reduce eye problems in cattle

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Pinkeye has long been a costly nuisance to cattle producers.  Eye infections sometimes lead to partial or complete blindness in one or both eyes.  Reduced beef production in the form of lowered weight gain, milk production, body condition, and eventually even poorer reproduction can result…

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Injectable vs. Pour-On – Which One is Right For Me?

By: Terri Queck-Matzie Controlling internal parasites in cattle is serious business. A variety of products are available – in a variety of forms. Choosing the right solution for your operation can be challenging. Dr. Sonja Swiger, Livestock Veterinary Entomologist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, says factors to be weighed are time, labor, cost, and effectiveness.…

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The “Green” Beetle

When looking at pest and parasite control in cattle, there’s a bug that is friendly to mankind and livestock – the dung beetle. The economic benefit of dung beetles is difficult to pin-point, but a 2006 study by Losey and Vaughan suggested dung beetle activities were worth close to $380 million annually in the U.S.…

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Interviewing for Character Traits

By: Don Tyler Sometimes we get overly concerned about the legal limitations to the types of interview questions we can ask, and miss the opportunity to glean crucial information about the personal character of a candidate. It is essential to ask the skill-based questions about experience, background, education and knowledge—but we can’t spend all of…

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Turning fewer cattle into bigger feedlot inventories

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist The June USDA Cattle on Feed report shows May placements at 90 percent of last year and marketings at 92 percent of last year.  There was one less business day in May this year compared to last year.  The June 1 on-feed total was…

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