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Angus VNR: The Story in the Numbers

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Feedlot Focus

Independent, Third-Party Feedlot Audits – The Wave of the Future?

By: Jennifer Garreau

A growing number of beef consumers are looking for something more than just flavor and value, they want to know that the beef they are feeding their children is safe, wholesome and humanely raised. In order to meet consumer demands RobEirich, University of Nebraska Extension Educator and Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance(BQA) Director believes processors, feedlots and producers should be ...
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Starlings a Costly Problem for Livestock Producers

Starlings can be a major problem for livestock producers in the northern Plains in the winter. “During a year like our last one, when the weather is particularly cold and the ground is snow-covered, these birds are looking for convenient food sources,” North Dakota State University Extension Service dairy specialist J.W. Schroeder says. “Unfortunately, cattle feeding areas provide these sources.” Starlings will eat ...
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Regulatory Q&A

By: John George, Ag Engineering Assoc.

Q. I keep reading and hearing about the EPA WOTUS Proposal. What is it all about? A. Simply put, EPA’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) proposal is more of the “Tyranny of Bureaucracy” in the form of “Regulatory Over-Reach.” At the outset, the Clean Water Act (CWA) represented authority only over “Navigable Waters.” This of course ...
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Stocker Special

Lameness – Identification and treatment important for public perception

As cattle navigate across pastures or fields, frozen ground or muddy conditions due to winter precipitation can set in motion the opportunity for injury or infections in the foot. Identifying affected cattle, as well as determining the cause and best course of action are essential not only for animal welfare, but also to keep cattle performance on track. In the cattlemen’s ...
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Know The Facts About Pooling Understand the risks with pooling for BVD testing

By: Jill J. Dunkel

As cattlemen choose to test for PI-BVDV, it’s important that best practice protocols are followed to insure the quality of the sample tested. Taking steps to insure samples are preserved appropriately and shipped quickly are all the responsibility of the person submitting the ear notches. And most cattlemen would assume their responsibilities end there. Or do they? Research ...
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Oklahoma October rain = wheat pasture = stocker demand

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

The formula is pretty simple. Winter wheat planting in Oklahoma this fall is ahead of normal pace and the best in several years.  All that is lacking in many cases is a rain to get the wheat up or connect surface moisture with subsoil moisture and keep the wheat growing.  ...
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Cow / Calf Corner

Prolapses in beef cows

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 prolapse usually occurs at calving or soon after calving.  If the uterus becomes badly traumatized before treating, the animal may die from shock or hemorrhage.  Uterine prolapse requires immediate ...
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Pre-Calving Vaccination Programs for Cows

By: Heather Smith Thomas

The best protection against disease in newborn calves is making sure they get an adequate amount of good-quality colostrum soon after birth, containing antibodies against most of the pathogens they may encounter. If the dam has a chance to build a high level of antibodies before calving, she passes this temporary immunity to her calf via colostrum. ...
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Mineral Matters

By: Mark Landefeld, Ohio State Extension Educator

Measuring the consequences of mineral deficiencies in cow-calf operations can be difficult. Weight gains, which are off a few pounds usually go unnoticed, reduced milk production can’t really be measured in beef cows, and the cow that is limping must have stepped on something causing her sore foot. Reproduction losses may not readily be ...
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Industry News

2015 beef production smaller than expected so far

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

USDA estimates beef production through the end of February to be down 5.2 percent from the same period last year.  Total cattle slaughter is ...
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Keep Stored Grain Cool and Dry

Keeping stored grain cool is important as outdoor temperatures start to warm this spring, a North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural engineer advises. Each 10 degrees the grain temperature increases reduces the allowable storage time by ...
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Company News

New Kuhn Krause DOMINATOR® 4855

The Kuhn Krause DOMINATOR established an industry standard for a primary tillage product, designed to reduce subsoil compaction, provide residue management and maintain a level field finish. In an effort to continually improve ...
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Iteris Signs Precision Ag Weather Agreement with AgRenaissance

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Iteris, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ITI), a leader in providing intelligent traffic management and weather information solutions, has entered into an agreement with AgRenaissance Software LLC to integrate Iteris’ ClearAg™ ...
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Marketing & Management

Beef’s Role on the World Wide Stage

By: Terri Queck-Matzie

Global demand for beef is rising, while global supplies have stayed stagnant for nearly seven years. Producers are working to change that, but even their best efforts will take three to five years to take effect. With an 80-million person per year worldwide population increase, “It’s simple economics,” says Global AgriTrends CEO Brett ...
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Your 2015 Mindset

By: Don Tyler

The transition between calendar years tends to enhance the focus on our performance over the past year and our goals for the coming year. Nearly everyone experiences this tendency, but I think it is stronger in those in agriculture. The changing of the seasons, the completion of one crop and the planning for ...
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Beef News

Beef Bites

You can never go wrong with an Old fashioned Meatloaf! Here’s one with a tasty twist to try this weekend! meatloaf Ingredients 1 tablespoon butter 3 celery ribs, finely chopped 1/2 large onion, finely chopped 2 pounds lean ground beef 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, divided 1/2 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs 1/3 cup ketchup 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning 1 ...
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