Cow / Calf Corner

Add value to your calves this fall

By : Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Cow-calf producers can add significant value to calves prior to sale. A careful look at the auction reports reveals the value of calf production and marketing practices.   Hopefully bull calves were castrated at branding time or earlier but, if not, castration should be…

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Poor temperament adversely affects profit

By : Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist October is a traditional weaning and culling time for spring-calving herds.   Weaning for value-added calf sales is already underway.  This is a time when producers decide which cows no longer are helpful to the operation and which heifer calves will be kept for future…

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Thinking About Weaning and Preconditioning Calves to Add Value? Know the “Lingo”

By : Dr. Michelle Arnold, UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Traditionally, many KY beef producers with winter/spring born feeder calves market through Special Graded Feeder Calf Sales held in the fall. At these sales, feeder cattle are graded according to the USDA Feeder Cattle Grading Standards, are weighed and sorted into groups (load lots of 48,000-50,000…

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Herd Immunity an Important Concept

Sources : Gerald Stokka, Carrie Hammer and Paul Carson, NDSU Agriculture Communication Herd immunity is an important concept for protecting animals and humans. (NDSU photo) The term “herd immunity” has come into common usage in recent months. “This is an important term and is a concept that is critical to understand as it pertains to…

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USDA, APHIS Publishes Final Rule for Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis: Importation of Cattle and Bison

The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) published a final rule in the Federal Register on September 17 updating regulations to establish a system for classifying bovine tuberculosis (TB) and brucellosis status levels for foreign regions and stated the requirements under each status level for imported cattle and bison…

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