Archive for May 2016

Livestock Pest Management is Vital

Face and horn flies are the most common and most treated pests on North Dakota livestock operations, producers reported in a recent North Dakota State University Extension Service survey. “Left untreated, these pests can cause significant loss in production,” NDSU Extension livestock environmental stewardship specialist Miranda Meehan says. “In the U.S., horn flies are estimated to cause an economic…

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Zoetis

To help producers further protect the cow herd, BOVI-SHIELD GOLD FP® 5 and BOVI-SHIELD GOLD FP 5 HB products, recently earned an additional label claim from the USDA against fetal infection caused by (BVD) Types 1 and 2 viruses. Combined with the current label claims to prevent PI calves caused by BVD Types 1 and…

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John Deere G-Series

Several years in the making and designed with direct customer feedback, John Deere is introducing four Final Tier 4 G-Series skid steers (312GR, 314G, 316GR, 318G) and one compact track loader (317G). These new machines were designed to level the playing field for today’s rental, ag material handling, construction and landscape customers. The five models,…

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Newport Labs

Newport Laboratories, Inc. has developed a new multilocus sequence typing (MLST) technique for Mycoplasma bovis. The new technology represents a major advancement over the previous diagnostic process and will provide a better assessment of genetic variation that may be associated with antigenic, or strain differences.

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Lallemand

Lallemand Animal Nutrition announces the availability of Alkosel® 600 in the United States. Alkosel 600 is a new, ready-to-use formulation of the company’s inactivated whole cell yeast containing organic selenium that can be used without the added step of premixing. The selenium contained in Alkosel is predominantly in the form of selenomethionine, which is a…

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Beef bounces back

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Beef and cattle prices bounced back sharply in the past ten days.  Choice boxed beef ended last week at $218.56/cwt., up $14.82cwt. from the recent low on May 6.  Wholesale prices were generally higher last week for end meats (round and chuck) as well…

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Percentage of mature weight at puberty in heifers

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist For years, the accepted target weight for yearling replacement beef heifers at breeding was 65% of their mature weight.  Recently that target has been questioned.  Oklahoma State University reproductive physiologists have studied the weight that beef heifers reach puberty in relationship to their eventual mature…

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Quality heifers inspire strong bids; average price $2,427 at Fruitland

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifers averaged $2,427 with a top price of $3,500 at the spring sale at Fruitland (Mo.) Livestock Auction, Saturday, May 7. “This sale was quality over quantity,” said Erin Larimore, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist, Jackson. Half of the 121 heifers were registered stock. Of those, 111 carried fetal…

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Watch for a lameness issue called corkscrew claw

by Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Recently a cattle producer asked about a lameness issue of a cow in his herd.  There is no way to completely diagnose the problem via email.  However, his question encouraged a reminder about a lameness problem that can be troublesome for other cattlemen. Corkscrew claw…

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