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Feedlot Focus

Did you know… Why all the heavies?

By: Larry Corah, for Certified Angus Beef LLC

Few topics have gotten more attention than how big these cattle have gotten. Whether we’re talking about cow size or steer carcasses, cattle have progressively gotten bigger for decades and few see that changing very quickly. As to why, genetics often top the list. Calves weigh more at weaning, they’re heavier coming off grass or ...
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Winter storms, Cattle on Feed, and more data to come

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

Winter storm Jonas has dumped record snowfall on the east coast causing near total shutdown of several major cities and across a large region.  Impacts from deep snow, power outages and coastal flooding will continue for several days.  Some winter storms affect beef production and supply; some impact demand; and ...

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Feedyard Accidents and the Risks to Your Bottom Line

By: Don Tyler

Let’s face it. Common sense isn’t so common anymore. We used to hire kids off the farm who would clock in on day one already knowing how to run equipment, work cattle and stay out of the way when things got dicey. Now, we have to teach them everything under the sun and pray they can figure out ...
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Stocker Special

Winter Water Systems

By: Heather Smith Thomas

In northern climates winter is a big deal. Neither your cow herd nor machinery should go into it unprepared. For cattle, make sure they head into winter with extra body fat. They need reserves of energy—a good store of back fat–to draw on to help maintain body heat on cold days. Also, the added insulation (layer of fat ...
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Focus on Cattle Health

By: Kay Ledbetter

Stocker cattle health has always been a challenge, but the challenge has increased over the years and producers may need to beef up their management plans, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “We have some of the best vaccines and technology available to us, but the mortality number has continued to rise” said Dr. Ted McCollum, ...
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Supplementing Winter Wheat Pastures – Whats Needed and What Isn’t

By: Terri Queck Matzie

Grazing stocker cattle on winter wheat during the fall and winter months can provide cost-effective gains. Wheat pasture is succulent, palatable and nutritious – high in protein, energy and minerals. “There are few feeding options in the southwestern United States that come anywhere near wheat pasture for stocker gains,” says ADM Beef Nutritionist Brian Fieser, PhD. But good ...
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Cow / Calf Corner

Assisting the backwards calf

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

Any cow calf producer that has spent several years in the cattle business has had the experience of assisting a cow or heifer deliver a calf that was coming backwards.  Understanding the physiology and anatomy of the calf and mother will improve the likelihood of a successful outcome.  Study the diagram ...
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The 3 stages of parturition (calving)

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

Animal scientists and veterinarians agree that there are three important stages of any cow’s delivery of the baby calf.  Understanding what to expect during the normal delivery can help to determine when a cow needs assistance due to a problem that occurs during calving.

Stage 1

The first stage of parturition is dilation ...

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What cow-calf producers should maximize

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

Cow-calf production occurs across most of the U.S. in a wide variety of production environments.  I had a very enjoyable opportunity to visit several ranches in southern Florida last week and learn more about the challenges of cow-calf production in one of the most unique production environments in the country.  ...

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Black Ink – “Go Time” for newborns

By: Miranda Reiman

A baby calf nursing for the first time … if everything’s going right, it might look a little peaceful.

But no matter how serene it may seem on the outside, what’s happening inside is a fast and furious defense system. The biological signal that calf, and its immune system, gets could be summed up as, “It’s go ...

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Industry News

BQA Free Certification Period Announced

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (Feb. 2, 2015) — During the 2016 Annual Cattle Industry Convention, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), announced a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) free-certification period — from now through April 15. ...
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International Livestock Congresss set for March 3-4 in Houston

HOUSTON — The 2016 International Livestock Congress – USA will bring together an elite group of international livestock and meat industry leaders to discuss a variety of proactive strategies that address the ever-changing ...
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Robust beef expansion will slow

URBANA, Ill. – The latest USDA cattle report shows a rapid expansion is underway with cattle and calf numbers up 3 percent and beef cow numbers up 4 percent in the past year. ...
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Company News

Nutrition Physiology Company, LLC, to be Acquired by Chr. Hansen

Strong strategic fit between NPC’s products and Chr. Hansen’s animal health business provides opportunities for synergies in product innovation and customer service

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (January 13, 2016) – Nutrition Physiology Company, ...

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LiveStock Steel Produces New Guardrail for Livestock Corrals, Windbreaks and Cattle Fencing

AllRail,Inc. specializes in bringing the American beef and dairy farmer lifetime fencing products. Today, AllRail Inc. announces LiveStock Steel Guardrail Panels. Starting a dairy in the 1960’s, the family has continued to serve ...

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Marketing & Management

Water Woes – What Water WOTUS Means in the Feed Yard

By: Terri Queck-Matzie

Thanks in no small part to beef industry efforts, the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to tighten its control over the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) is loosing steam. But whether or not this version of the movement gains traction, the U.S. water supply will no doubt be the subject of ever-tightening regulation. Producers need to ...
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Tax Credits For Employee Healthcare Premiums

By: Mark Battersby

The U.S. Supreme Court in King v. Burwell, ruled the tax subsidies for health insurance provided by the federal government to citizens in the 34 states that have not established the health insurance marketplaces or exchanges were legal. That means, some six million people, including the nearly 3.5 million people in small-business plans ...
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Beef News

Five Beef Quality Assurance Awards Presented

This week, three producers were honored with the checkoff’s annual national Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) award and Dairy Beef Quality Assurance (DBQA) award, which were created to recognize outstanding beef and dairy producers from across the country who incorporate BQA principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their operations. In addition, key cattle industry ...
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