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

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Feedlot Focus

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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Stop Production Losses from Rodents & Birds

By: Jill J. Dunkel

Many pests and parasites cause losses directly to livestock through decreased production and illness, but other pests – like rodents and birds – can also cause substantial losses to livestock operations. The destruction to property can be tremendous, and the feed these pests consume and waste is extraordinary. A single rat will eat, spoil or damage approximately $25 ...
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Plan: What to do if your wet co-products run out

By: Luke Miller, M.S., Beef Nutritionist

Wet co-products are a common component of many cattle feeding programs. However, the availability of these co-products can be less than consistent during times of inclement weather, plant shut-downs, or simply a temporary imbalance of supply and demand. If you rely heavily on a consistent source of co-products, it is imperative to have a contingency plan ...
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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

BeefTalk: Pounds of Calf Weaned per Acre

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist

This Beeftalk concerns pounds of beef produced per acre utilizing two different types of cattle to help demonstrate what pounds of calf weaned per acre means. The information presented, at this point, is an example of production data reflecting pounds of calf weaned per acre. For this article, I will not expound on marketing options. Pounds of calf weaned per acre ...
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BeefTalk: May Calving is Productive

By: Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

I remember discussing calving with a beef producer during one of the less-than-desirable mid-April days. You know the kind of day: 28 degrees, wind, rain, snow, mud and other combinations of weather. A stocking cap, another cap, wet gloves, heavy boots and other cold-weather clothing are common to the occasion. I asked how the day ...
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Industry News

NCBA CEO Forrest Roberts Announces Resignation

Denver, Colo. — Forrest Roberts has announced his resignation as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), effective July 31. Roberts has been the CEO of NCBA since 2009. Roberts ...
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Meat prices and production

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

The latest retail meat price data for May shows Choice beef prices at $6.412/lb., up one cent from April and 8.4 percent higher ...
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Turning fewer cattle into bigger feedlot inventories

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

The June USDA Cattle on Feed report shows May placements at 90 percent of last year and marketings at 92 percent of last ...
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Company News

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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Zoetis Introduces i50K Genomic Test

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (June 11, 2015)—A new genomic test from Zoetis enables producers to more affordably and accurately predict genetic merit of registered Angus animals. The new test, named i50K™, leverages historic adoption of HD ...
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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

Boxed beef tops charts – Retail beef price remains strong

By: Luke Schwieterman, President, Schwieterman Inc.

On May 14th, Choice Box Beef made a new record all time high of 264.74. It’s hard to be very bearish when the product market is holding up so well. Last year at this time, choice beef was making a spring low and trended higher into August. Can we expect ...
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Beef News

Get Real With Beef Column – Better with Age

By: Dr. Phil Bass, Certified Angus Beef LLC

Growing up, I noticed my folks always had the local butcher hang our harvested beef for a few weeks prior to cutting and wrapping it. Little did I realize then that, like so many things, beef does get better with age. After years of meat science education, research ...
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