Archive for November 2016

Prolapses in Beef Cows

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Prolapses occur occasionally in beef cows. Most prolapses occur very near the time of calving. Two distinct kinds of prolapse exist.  Uterine prolapses are most likely to occur at or shortly after calving, whereas vaginal prolapses occur before calving occurs. Uterine prolapse requires immediate attention and if…

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Feedlots Chew Through Cattle Supplies

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Feedlots continued a strong marketing pace in October with marketings up 4.6 percent year over year, despite one less business day in the month.  October placements followed the September monthly decrease with another 5 percent reduction in placements year over year.  The combination of large…

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Understanding new veterinary feed directives for beef cattle producers

MANHATTAN, Kan. — K-State Research and Extension will offer state-wide educational opportunities this fall focusing on the Food and Drug Administration veterinary feed directive that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017.  To prepare, producers need to become familiar with the regulation and the associated procedures. “The information presented will ensure that the producers of…

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Beef Bites

In these colder months sometimes a little comfort food is just what we need! Give this Midwestern Meat and Potato Pie a try! Ingredients: PIE DOUGH : 2 sticks unsalted butter (diced, chilled) 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon Kosher salt 6-8 tablespoons ice water (about 1/2 cup) BEEF FILLING : 2 tablespoons olive oil…

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CAB’s Colvin Fund Offers $26,000 to Six Qualifying Students

By Katie Alexander Each year the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) Colvin Fund gives away thousands in scholarship dollars to students looking to make a difference in the beef community. The annual Colvin Scholarship awards recognize Louis M. “Mick” Colvin, co-founder and executive director of the CAB brand for 21 years. After he retired in 1999, CAB…

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How much hay will a cow consume?

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Estimating forage usage by cows is an important part of the task of calculating winter feed needs.  Hay or standing forage intake must be estimated in order to make the calculations.  Forage quality will be a determining factor in the amount of forage consumed.  Higher…

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A tale of two feeder cattle markets

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Very unusual feeder cattle markets have developed this fall.  The calf and stocker market has been sharply divided from the market for heavy feeder cattle.   The attached summary in Table 1 shows prices, values and value of gain for steer prices in Oklahoma in…

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Zoetis

Zoetis introduced Synovex® One Feedlot and Synovex® One Grass implants. Synovex One delivers up to 200 days of implant performance in feedlot and stocker steers and heifers. The unique, patented pore-forming polymer barrier extends performance without the need to re-implant — providing twice the duration of conventional uncoated formulations. Visit GrowWithSynovex.com for more information.

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Feeding Cull Cows Prior to Sale May Add Value

Every year beef cattle producers have to make decisions about how to handle open cows that didn’t become pregnant. Most producers simply sell the animals after pregnancy check time. However, it’s possible that with a little more investment, they can provide more revenue to their operation, according to Kansas State University professor Chris Reinhardt. Cull…

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