• Consult the pros when fighting worms
  • Stop production losses from rodents and birds
  • Vector alert: Anaplasmosis

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Cow-Calf Corner: Pasture for Weaned Cattle

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Feedlot Focus

Still Battling BRDC?

Even with advancements in treatment for bovine respiratory disease complex (BRDC), the impact of the disease remains substantial After years of improvements in both vaccines and antibiotics, losses from bovine respiratory disease complex (BRDC) still results in more than $900 million each year for the cattle industry.1 “There’s almost no way to prevent exposure to at least one of the numerous pathogens ...
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Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame honors cattlemen

Tenacious. Honorable. Driven. Visionary. These are just some of the adjectives used to describe those who have been successful in the cattle-feeding industry. What makes this industry so demanding and distinguishes it from other vocations? Former Hall of Fame inductee Roy Dinsdale shares one reason, “It’s a challenge every year between Mother Nature and me. Fortunately, we’ve won just a few ...
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The “Green” Beetle

When looking at pest and parasite control in cattle, there’s a bug that is friendly to mankind and livestock – the dung beetle. The economic benefit of dung beetles is difficult to pin-point, but a 2006 study by Losey and Vaughan suggested dung beetle activities were worth close to $380 million annually in the U.S. Many old-timers recall watching dung beetles ...
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Stocker Special

Long term management to reduce eye problems in cattle

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

Pinkeye has long been a costly nuisance to cattle producers.  Eye infections sometimes lead to partial or complete blindness in one or both eyes.  Reduced beef production in the form of lowered weight gain, milk production, body condition, and eventually even poorer reproduction can result from eye infections and lesions.  One ...
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Injectable vs. Pour-On – Which One is Right For Me?

By: Terri Queck-Matzie

Controlling internal parasites in cattle is serious business. A variety of products are available – in a variety of forms. Choosing the right solution for your operation can be challenging. Dr. Sonja Swiger, Livestock Veterinary Entomologist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, says factors to be weighed are time, labor, cost, and effectiveness. Key to effectiveness is making sure each animal ...
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Cow / Calf Corner

Blue-Green algae can threaten livestock

By: Dr. Josh Payne, State Extension Poultry Specialist, Oklahoma State University

Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) are microscopic organisms that can be found in all types of water including farm ponds. Being photosynthetic, they utilize sunlight to support life. For most of the year, the concentrations are low and the organism is homogenously suspended in the water. However, during hot, dry summertime conditions ...
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BeefTalk: Understanding Grazing Systems is Not Easy

By: Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist

Grazing plans integrate the biology of plants and animals. Grass is the mainstay of a grazing plan, and the subsequent understanding and implementation of grazing can be overwhelming at times. When the discussion widens to not only engage the grass discussion but the animal discussion, as well, the participants have been known to get a little testy. The concepts and associated ...
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Industry News

2015 Southern Plains Beef Symposium

By: Leland McDaniel, Carter County OSU Extension Director and Agriculture Educator

Mid-summer is upon us, the Oklahoma heat has set in and, although some will still be baling hay, much of the abundant hay ...
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Summer meat demand

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

Meat prices are higher in the latest retail prices released for the month of June.  The All Fresh retail beef price was $6.114/lb., ...
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Aim higher than low Choice

By: Katy Kemp

The USDA Choice/Select spread is a traditional barometer of the payoff for premium beef. In recent years though, that boxed-beef price spread has varied from $15 per hundredweight to barely positive, ...
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Company News

New Holland Partners with National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization

National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (AITC), an organization dedicated to increasing agricultural literacy among PreK – 12th grade students and their teachers, has recently partnered with New Holland Agriculture in its mission ...
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Humane bird control options

Bird B Gone, the leader in bird-control products for commercial, industrial and residential applications now offers a complete line of bird control solutions for today’s grain storage and manufacturing facilities. Pest birds create ...
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House Ag Committee Passes COOL Repeal Legislation

The House Agriculture Committee approved legislation that would repeal Country of Origin Labeling (H.R. 2393) by a bi-partisan vote of 38 to 6. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President of Chugwater, Wyoming, cattleman Philip ...
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Marketing & Management

Storing wet hay could cause barn fire, Purdue specialist warns

By: Darrin Pack

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – With parts of the Midwest experiencing wetter-than-normal weather conditions, a Purdue Extension forage specialist is urging farmers to make sure their hay is adequately dried before baling and storage to reduce the risk of barn fires. “With all the rain we’ve been having, some farmers might be tempted to put ...
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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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