Protecting your herd from disease

Remembering to take basic biosecurity steps can keep your herd strong St. Joseph, MO — Producers are aware of how quickly and easily disease can spread throughout a beef operation, but are they taking all the necessary steps to keep their herd healthy? According to Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. Professional Services Veterinarian, Dr. Jerry Woodruff,…

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Understand the limits of fecal egg count reduction tests

Knowing the boundaries could save you money Many producers rely on fecal egg count reduction tests (FECRTs) to determine which parasites are affecting their herds or whether they might have resistant parasites on their property. However, knowing the facts about the tests can help you decide whether they are the right choice for your cattle…

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Placements tumble according to recent report

U.S. live cattle futures closed higher on Monday following Friday's USDA cattle-on-feed report that showed cattle placed in feedlots in September at a 16-year low, according to analysts and traders. The report showed cattle placements were below expectations and are the lowest number on record since USDA began issuing Cattle on Feed reports in 1996.…

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Managing in Stressful Situations

by Don Tyler A Texas dairyman was going through a rough time several years ago, and asked about managing his people.  He realized that he was going to the parlor more often, looking over his employees’ shoulders to be sure that everything got done exactly right.  The parlor manager had been there for 12 years…

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Affordable Health Care and Taxes

by Mark E. Battersby Like it or not, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled and the so-called “Affordable Care Act” (ACA) is now the law of the land – and the Tax Code. Not quite hitting home as yet is the full impact the ACA’s 20+ tax hikes will have not only on large businesses,…

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