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Angus VNR: Teamwork toward the ideal

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Feedlot Focus

Better Understanding of the Gut Health Challenge

By: Dr. Max Hawkins & Dave Pfenninger, Alltech

Each year, tens of thousands of young calves are received at feedlots and the challenges begin. Pre-receiving environment and management, health status, weather and feed quality can all influence on the calves’ start. Hospital pens are prepped, medical supplies ordered and pen riders are prepared to start working with calves that begin to ...
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VFD questions answered by the Center for Veterinary Medicine

As the industry prepares for the implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), specific questions have been asked regarding a variety of topics related to implementation, enforcement and penalties, situations for feed mills and more. Many of these questions were first posed during 12 regional workshops sponsored by the Farm Federation in 2015. In March, the USDA Department of Health ...
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Antibiotic Stewardship: Moving the Industry Forward

By: Jill J. Dunkel

Antibiotic stewardship is a popular buzz word in the industry right now, and experts don’t see attention to the topic waning anytime soon. Whether it’s the veterinary and medical communities, consumers or the government, the use of antibiotics has garnered a lot of attention. As producers, we understand that antibiotics are an important “tool in the toolbox” ...
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Stocker Special

Summer Pneumonia in Calves

By: Heather Smith Thomas

Respiratory disease can affect calves of any age. Most of the bacterial pathogens that cause pneumonia are already present in the calf’s upper respiratory tract. They become a problem in the lungs only when immune defenses are compromised, such as by viral infections or stress. Dr. Eugene Janzen, Assistant Dean, Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary (Alberta) says some ...
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You’re Doing It Wrong

By: Katrina Huffstutler

4 Ways you’re putting yourself in danger handling yearlings Every year, stocker operators get injured during routine cattle working. But all too often, these costly and painful events could be prevented. Dr. Ron Gill, professor and Extension livestock specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension and nationally renowned low-stress cattle handling expert, says by avoiding four common practices, cattlemen and women ...
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10 Tips for Drafting a Grazing Lease

No matter which side of the lease you’re on, it’s important to protect yourself. And while Tiffany Dowell Lashmet says there’s no one-size-fits-all contract and stresses the importance of consulting your own attorney, she shared some general tips at the Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference in Wichita Falls, Texas. At the event, the assistant professor and Extension specialist in agricultural law said ...
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Cow / Calf Corner

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 weight.  A total of 34 crossbred ...
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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 sexed calves. The spring sale sells replacements ...
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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 is a defect that causes severe lameness ...
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Fetal Programming

By: Heather Smith Thomas

The Importance of Nutrition in Early Pregnancy What a pregnant cow eats during early gestation—quantity and quality of various nutrients—can have long-lasting effect on the future of her calf. Most of the important organs and body systems of the fetus are formed during that time. Metabolism, muscle mass and consistency, and other important factors that become permanent traits ...
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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 ...
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Cattle on feed and forage conditions

by Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Feedlot inventories on May 1 were 10.78 million head in feedlots over 1000 head capacity.  This is up 1.3 percent from May 2015.  ...
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An I.O.U. for the IRS

By: Mark E. Battersby

Although the last bill anyone should ignore is a tax bill that is exactly what some feedlot operators think about doing. Fortunately, there are a number of legitimate procedures for ...
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Company News

Emergency Bug Eyes Lighting System

The HAL-EMG-EXT-12W-2L hazardous location bug eye system is an ideal emergency lighting solution for locations where failsafe lighting reliability is a must. This lighting system is constructed with two 10 watt LED light ...
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DewEze® Introduces Pivot Squeeze Bale Beds With Hydraulically Extendable Arms

HARPER, Kan. — In response to customer requests, DewEze now offers Pivot Squeeze Bale Beds with hydraulically extendable arms. Capable of telescoping their arms up to 20 inches, the new XRM models allow ...
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Marketing & Management

Projections and Pricing

By: Luke Schwieterman, President, Schwieterman Inc.

In the March Supply and De- mand report, USDA revised slightly their projected quarterly beef price and production estimates. Currently, USDA projects a 3.2% increase in production this year over last year for the 1st quarter , 4.4% increase in the 2nd quarter, 4.9% increase in the 3rd quarter and ...
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Beef’s Bad Rap – Some myths are meant to be busted

By: Katrina Huffstutler

We know the facts: Beef is nutritious, wholesome and safe. But it seems everywhere you turn — TV, social media, even the doctor’s office — consumers are bombarded with conflicting and misleading information. Dr. Shalene McNeill, director of human nutrition research for National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, came to San Antonio, Texas, for the Texas ...
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Beef News

Your “Pocket Guide” for Conversations about Beef

Want to talk to your friends, neighbors and acquaintenaces about beef but not sure what to say? The beef checkoff offers a booklet, titled “Having the Beef Conversation,” which moves toward a better understanding of how to have effective conversations about key issues for the beef community. Conversations about how beef is raised are happening in ...
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