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Angus VNR: Today’s choices impact tomorrow’s profit

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Feedlot Focus

Belly Up to the Feed Bunk

“When it comes to increasing cattle productivity, half the battle is getting cattle to belly up to the feed bunk and eat,” says Angel Aguilar, PhD, Dipl. ACAN, Technical Services Manager, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “Feeding behavior can be influenced by several factors,” Dr. Aguilar notes. “To get cattle coming back to the bunk, it’s important to have a palatable and aerobically ...
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Capacity Utilization in Milling / Feeding Systems

By: Marc Roth M.S., P.A.S.

Last week, as I was reading a feed industry publication, there was a story about the dedication of a new pork feed mill in Iowa. The $29 million facility is slated to operate 24 hours/day, six days per week and will produce 350,000 tons annually. The thought struck me for the umpteenth time, “I wonder why ...
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Violative Residue: Five things you need to know

By: Jill J. Dunkel

The USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) is charged with maintaining the safety of the nation’s meat supply. Chemical residues in meat, including antibiotics, are among many areas the agency monitors. Receiving a certified letter from them stating there is a residue problem with a carcass that originated from your operation is a sure way to give ...
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Stocker Special

Preventing Prussic Acid Poisoning

By: Dr. John Andrae, Clemson University Extension Forage Specialist

A significant risk of grazing certain species of drought or frost-damaged forages is hydrocyanic acid poisoning. This is more commonly known as prussic acid or cyanide poisoning. While prussic acid toxicity occurs less frequently than nitrate poisoning, cases are not uncommon in South Carolina. This bulletin will review causes of prussic acid ...
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5 Tips to Prepare for a Silage Switch

In the fall many dairy producers see slumps in production and feed intake. This is often due to an abrupt change from old corn silage to green chop or recently fermented corn silage. “Preparing for the switch and easing the transition can help maintain production levels and avoid health changes that we commonly see in the fall,” says Angel Aguilar, Ph.D., ...
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On Target column from CAB

By: Justin Sexten, Ph.D.

As summer turned to autumn, you faced familiar questions. Do I market calves at weaning or precondition them? Which heifers should I keep? Record prices made answers a bit easier last year, but with those on the decline you may want to consider alternatives. The decision of when to market calves relative to weaning comes down to enterprise ...
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Cow / Calf Corner

Body condition score at calving is the key to young cow success

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

Most areas of Oklahoma have had adequate summer forage to allow pregnant replacement heifers to be in excellent body condition going into late fall and winter.  Now producers are faced with the challenge of maintaining body condition on the replacement heifers through the calving season and into next spring.  As the ...
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BeefTalk: Good Cattle-working Facilities Should be a High Priority

By: Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist

Much debate surrounds this question: “How many times should a cow be in a chute?” The answer rests with the objectives of each management structure. Yet, setting aside the concept of survival of the fittest, producers do need to gain access to individual cows at some point. Some producers have corrals but no defined working facilities and no chutes; thus, the cows ...
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Observe bulls during the first portion of the fall breeding season

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

The fall breeding season is about to begin.  Herds that aim for a September 1 first calving date, will turn bulls with the cows in the latter part of November.   Bulls that have been recently added to the bull battery, and bulls that have not been used since last year, should ...
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Industry News

Beef market in transition

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

Total 2015 beef production in the U.S. is expected to decrease about 2.5 percent year over year from 2014 and would be the ...
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NCBA and PLC Keep the Pressure on WOTUS

WASHINGTON (Nov. 18, 2015) – Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council along with 34 state affiliates and stakeholders sent a letter to 11 democrat members of the Senate encouraging ...
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Company News

New Parasite Control Educational Video Available for Producers

Duluth, Ga. – November 2015 – A free online video is now available to help producers access up-to-date information on strategic parasite control and the impact it can have on their operations’ bottom ...
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Newport Laboratories, Inc. Releases New Mycoplasma bovis Test

Worthington, Minn. (November 9, 2015) – Newport Laboratories, Inc. has developed a new multilocus sequence typing (MLST) technique for Mycoplasma bovis, a significant cause of disease in cattle. The new technology represents a ...
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Marketing & Management

Engler Scholarship Application Deadline is Feb. 1

Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 12, 2015 — Students passionate about becoming an entrepreneur can apply for scholarships to the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Incoming and current College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources students are eligible to apply. In 2015, about 40 students received scholarship ...
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