• Starting right
  • Foot rot prevention through nutrition
  • New technologies emerge in the BRD fight

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Angus VNR: The bottom line of beef prices

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Feedlot Focus

Five Steps to Avoiding Heat Stress in Your Herd


By: Grant Dewell, DVM, Iowa State University Extension Beef Veterinarian

1. Plan ahead. After cattle get hot, it’s too late to prevent problems. 2. Don’t work cattle when it is hot. Finish working cattle early (before 9 to 10 a.m.) in summer, and remember that during a heat wave it’s best to not ...
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Corn Silage Value

By: Ki Fanning, PHD, PAS

For the past 15 years, the price of byproducts and crop residue reduced the price that many of us could pay for corn silage (per ton) to much less than 10 times the bushel price of corn. The result is that, economically, many of us were not able to justify cutting or buying corn silage. Over ...
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Foot Rot Prevention Strategies

By: Jill J. Dunkel

Dr. Connie Larson, Ruminant Research and Nutri- tional Services Manager with Zinpro Corporation said anything cattlemen can do to minimize environmental issues that lend themselves to foot rot, such as cleaning pens regularly or building mounds so cattle have a dry place to be, are important.p8 8 “Wet, muddy ...
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Stocker Special

Starting Right

By: Terri Queck-Matzie

Every day counts when cattle are putting on pounds for harvest. Every bite, every morsel, every calorie. Getting calves headed down the path to heavy gains can be a challenge, and depends on getting a sound start. It takes good nutrition and an awareness of the adjustments calves are required to make. “In a perfect world calves will come ...
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4 reasons preconditioning makes ‘cents’

Shoreview, Minn. – In times of high cattle prices, it’s not uncommon for producers to want to capitalize on prices as quickly as possible. And, it’s no different for this year’s valuable calf crop. Producers are gearing up to cash in on their investment in producing and raising a healthy calf, but there are a few reasons ...
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Cow / Calf Corner

Going Once, Twice, No Bidders!

By: Miranda Reiman

Imagine you’ve got a load a calves headed for the salebarn. You know that feeling of anticipation and hope, and perhaps some worry. “How many buyers will be there?” “What will they bring?” Now try to imagine when you got to the auction market with those cattle, there simply was no market for them. You had to take them home because ...
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Should You Wean Early?

The majority of U.S. cattle producers wean calves at around 205 days of age,p14 or roughly seven months, and typically make the decision on weaning time based on calf age, calf weight or because ‘it’s what they’ve always done.’ But, there are certain scenarios where weaning earlier makes sense from both ...
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Testing hay can save supplement dollars

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

During a recent drive in Northeast Oklahoma, the abundance of hay in big round bales was quite evident.  Producers are glad to have adequate supplies of hay as fall and winter approaches.  Cattle producers must remember that quantity and quality of hay are independent characteristics of their ...
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Industry News

Grain bin safety and entrapment rescue clinic set Sept. 3 in Paris

By: Robert Burns

PARIS – The dangers of working in grain bins hit home to Northeast Texas residents on March 4 when 32-year-old Paul Chelius suffocated in a bin of soybeans, said Mike Morrow, ...
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Judge blocks WOTUS

A North Dakota federal judge blocked WOTUS from taking effect today. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson issued a temporary injunction against the rule. It was not immediately clear if the injunction applies to ...
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Retail beef prices; Cattle on Feed and more USDA data

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

An assortment of new data was released recently.  Choice retail beef prices for July decreased for the second month in a row, dropping ...
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Cattle on Feed — August

by John Michael Riley, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University Markets across the globe are in the midst of a sharp decline. Thus far, 2015 has been a trying year for ...
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Company News

ADM Alliance Nutrition

ADM Alliance Nutrition® introduces Cellarator® Turbo Drench which helps lessen the effects of stress, supports performance and deters dehydration. This fast acting, oral drench combines the power of the one-of a-kind nucleotide product ...
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Digi-Star introduces the StockWeigh Low Profile Scale. p32 This wide-platform scale comes standard with an Animat™ maximum-grip surface rubber mat, making it quieter than other ...
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Marketing & Management

A Look At Prices

By: Luke Schwieterman, President, Schwieterman Inc.

Summer time nearly always seems hard on cattle prices. It seems the selloff makes it difficult to believe that price will likely trend higher into the winter months. So far this year, the top practical cash price in Kansas (from our weekly survey of Kansas Feedlots) was the first week ...
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New Challenges in Hiring

By: Don Tyler, Tyler & Associates

Staffing a feedlot has been difficult for many years and that challenge will persist for some time. Differentiating the candidates with the best fit from those that are mediocre would be much easier if we could ask questions about their current health status, how much work they have missed in ...
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Beef News

Why Long-Range Planning?

In today’s global marketplace, every successful cattle producer and importer knows the importance of planning when it comes to succeeding in their businesses. The same value holds true for the producers and importers who volunteer to make decisions about how to invest folks’ hard-earned dollar-per-head investments into the Beef Checkoff Program. Those decisions are not made ...
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