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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

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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Re-warming methods for severely cold-stressed newborn calves

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

A very cold wet night in Oklahoma undoubtedly caused a few newborn calves to be cold-stressed. Several years ago, an Oklahoma rancher called to tell of the success he had noticed in using a warm water bath to revive new born calves that had been severely cold stressed.  A quick check of the ...
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Industry News

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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Did you know… The War on Fat reconsidered

By Larry Corah, consultant for Certified Angus Beef LLC

The War on Fat was declared in the 1980s – against marbling and external fat alike, because consumers were being told to simply watch their ...
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Company News

Where did my feed go? Reduce shrink and improve ration consistency through feed management software

Fort Atkinson, Wis. – Digi-Star’s Tera Koebel Baker will be presenting educational sessions on improving profitability through feed management at the New York Farm Show, held Feb. 26-28 at the ...
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Kifco has More to Offer to the Agriculture Community

Company History Kifco, Inc. is a manufacturing company located in the small river town of Havana, Illinois located along the Illinois River. The family-owned company was founded in the early sixties as a fertilizer ...
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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

Craving a juicy steak this week? Here is a delicious recipe for Balsamic-Glazed Filet Mignon to try this weekend! balsamic fillet mignon Ingredients 4 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Cooking spray 2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper 3 tablespoons dry sherry 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy ...
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