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Wheat Pasture Research Update and Bloat Prevention

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Feedlot Focus

Did you know… Why all the heavies?

By: Larry Corah, for Certified Angus Beef LLC

Few topics have gotten more attention than how big these cattle have gotten. Whether we’re talking about cow size or steer carcasses, cattle have progressively gotten bigger for decades and few see that changing very quickly. As to why, genetics often top the list. Calves weigh more at weaning, they’re heavier coming off grass or ...
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Winter storms, Cattle on Feed, and more data to come

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist

Winter storm Jonas has dumped record snowfall on the east coast causing near total shutdown of several major cities and across a large region.  Impacts from deep snow, power outages and coastal flooding will continue for several days.  Some winter storms affect beef production and supply; some impact demand; and ...

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Feedyard Accidents and the Risks to Your Bottom Line

By: Don Tyler

Let’s face it. Common sense isn’t so common anymore. We used to hire kids off the farm who would clock in on day one already knowing how to run equipment, work cattle and stay out of the way when things got dicey. Now, we have to teach them everything under the sun and pray they can figure out ...
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Stocker Special

Schools teach replacing toxic grass with novel-endophyte fescue variety

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A group that helps grassland farmers replace toxic tall fescue with nontoxic-endophyte fescue is coming to Oklahoma. The Alliance for Grassland Renewal, which worked in Missouri for the past three years, will hold its first out-of-state grass-renewal school March 28 at Welch, Okla. Three sessions will be held across Missouri. The one-day workshop was refined in repeated session at ...
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Winter Water Systems

By: Heather Smith Thomas

In northern climates winter is a big deal. Neither your cow herd nor machinery should go into it unprepared. For cattle, make sure they head into winter with extra body fat. They need reserves of energy—a good store of back fat–to draw on to help maintain body heat on cold days. Also, the added insulation (layer of fat ...
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Focus on Cattle Health

By: Kay Ledbetter

Stocker cattle health has always been a challenge, but the challenge has increased over the years and producers may need to beef up their management plans, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “We have some of the best vaccines and technology available to us, but the mortality number has continued to rise” said Dr. Ted McCollum, ...
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Cow / Calf Corner

Assisting the backwards calf

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

Any cow calf producer that has spent several years in the cattle business has had the experience of assisting a cow or heifer deliver a calf that was coming backwards.  Understanding the physiology and anatomy of the calf and mother will improve the likelihood of a successful outcome.  Study the diagram ...
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The 3 stages of parturition (calving)

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

Animal scientists and veterinarians agree that there are three important stages of any cow’s delivery of the baby calf.  Understanding what to expect during the normal delivery can help to determine when a cow needs assistance due to a problem that occurs during calving.

Stage 1

The first stage of parturition is dilation ...

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What cow-calf producers should maximize

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist

Cow-calf production occurs across most of the U.S. in a wide variety of production environments.  I had a very enjoyable opportunity to visit several ranches in southern Florida last week and learn more about the challenges of cow-calf production in one of the most unique production environments in the country.  ...

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Black Ink – “Go Time” for newborns

By: Miranda Reiman

A baby calf nursing for the first time … if everything’s going right, it might look a little peaceful.

But no matter how serene it may seem on the outside, what’s happening inside is a fast and furious defense system. The biological signal that calf, and its immune system, gets could be summed up as, “It’s go ...

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Industry News

Beef Herd Rebuilding Continues

By: Brenda Boetel, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

U.S. beef cow herd rebuilding continued throughout 2015, as shown by the USDA NASS release of the CATTLE report on Friday, Jan. ...
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More feeder cattle…but where are they?

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist

The annual Cattle report estimated that total cattle inventories in the U.S. were up 3.2 percent year over year at 92.0 million head.  ...
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BQA Free Certification Period Announced

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (Feb. 2, 2015) — During the 2016 Annual Cattle Industry Convention, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), announced a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) free-certification period — from now through April 15. ...
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Company News

NDSU Extension Projects Lower Crop, Livestock Prices for 2016

The North Dakota State University Extension Service has released its short- and
long-term agricultural planning price projections for North Dakota, says Ron
Haugen, Extension farm economist.

The publication shows 2016 price projections for crops ...

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Lallemand Animal Nutrition Launches Alkosel® 600 Selenium Supplement

MILWAUKEE – January 19, 2016 – 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 ...

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Marketing & Management

Water Woes – What Water WOTUS Means in the Feed Yard

By: Terri Queck-Matzie

Thanks in no small part to beef industry efforts, the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to tighten its control over the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) is loosing steam. But whether or not this version of the movement gains traction, the U.S. water supply will no doubt be the subject of ever-tightening regulation. Producers need to ...
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Tax Credits For Employee Healthcare Premiums

By: Mark Battersby

The U.S. Supreme Court in King v. Burwell, ruled the tax subsidies for health insurance provided by the federal government to citizens in the 34 states that have not established the health insurance marketplaces or exchanges were legal. That means, some six million people, including the nearly 3.5 million people in small-business plans ...
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Beef News

Beef Board Elects 2016 Leadership Team

Cattle producers Anne Anderson of Austin, Texas, Brett Morris of Ninnekah, Oklahoma, and Joan Ruskamp of Dodge, Nebraska are the new leadership team for the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, elected unanimously by fellow Beef Board members during the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego on Jan. 29, 2016. Anderson will serve as chairman, Morris as ...
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