Archive for March 2016

Free BQA Certification

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), announced a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) free-certification period – from now through April 15. Beef and dairy producers can take advantage of free BQA certification online courtesy of BIVI and the BQA program, which is funded by the beef checkoff. Register today and complete your certification at your own convenience.…

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Comparing weaning dates for fall calving cows

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Cow calf producers with fall-calving cows have options as to the optimum date to wean the calves.  Traditionally fall-born calves are weaned at an older age than spring-born calves.  Late summer grass will usually allow cows to regain body condition before the next calving season…

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Plan 2016 forage management now

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist The economic basis for cow-calf production is growing grass and using cows to harvest the grass.  Feed costs are typically the largest component of annual cow costs in cow-calf operations.  Total feed cost includes grazing cost, harvested forage and purchased supplemental feed.  Producers can…

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Ape Boot – New Product Release

The APE BOOT™ is made of 100% High Density Natural Latex Rubber. Designed to cover your shoes and boots and protect both workers and environment. The exclusive design is manufactured with the tread etched in the boot mold which offers excellent slip resistance for both wet and dry applications. Ideal for swine or poultry barns as well as…

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Water Developments Enhance Livestock, Environmental Health

Now that spring is here, many livestock producers are planning for the upcoming grazing season, setting management goals, and determining what practices and improvements are best suited to achieve these goals. “When determining what improvements will give you the most bang for your buck, you may want to consider livestock water developments to improve access to water,” North Dakota…

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Merck Animal Health Awards $170,000 in Scholarships to Veterinary Students

Madison, N.J., March 17, 2016 – Merck Animal Health, in partnership with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), today announced the recipients of the 2016 Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. Through this program, 34 exemplary second- and third-year veterinary students from around the world will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. All are pursuing…

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Make a record of twins (or other multiple births)

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist As producers finish this (or any) calving season it is very important to record any multiple births that may have occurred. Estimates of the percentage of beef cattle births that produce twins vary. One estimate (Gilmore) puts the percentage at about 0.5% or 1 in every 200…

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Cattle on feed and early spring

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist The latest Cattle on Feed report pegs March 1 feedlot inventories at 10.77 million head, 101 percent of year ago levels. February marketings and placements were both up year over year partly because of an extra business day in February due to leap year.…

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Frazier Named to Lead NCBA

DENVER (March 22, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has named Kendal Frazier its new chief executive officer. NCBA president Tracy Brunner made the announcement, saying he is confident that the nation’s oldest and largest cattle industry association is in good hands. “It was the belief of the officers and others involved with the search…

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