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Sorghum Silage – A Cost-effective Alternative for Backgrounding Weaned Cattle

By : Nicolas DiLorenzo, UF/IFAS Beef Specialist, and Federico Podversich, Graduate Student, UF Department of Animal Sciences Figure 1. Forage sorghum crop production at NFREC in 2019. Photo Credit: Federico Podversich, UF/IFAS The current COVID-19 pandemic has affected not only our daily lives, but also most of the agricultural markets. The cattle market is no…

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Watch for Heat Stress, Summer Pneumonia in Beef Cattle

Sources : Karl Hoppe, Gerald Stokka and Ellen Crawford, NDSU Extension Service The combination of heat and humidity can create stress on livestock. Summers usually are mild in North Dakota, compared with the southern states, but hot, humid days do occur in North Dakota and can be dangerous and even deadly for cattle. “The combination…

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Sourcing the Southeast

BY DR. JOE RODER, DIRECTOR, CATTLE TECHNICAL SERVICES AT HUVEPHARMA, INC. (U.S.) Management upon arrival can turn risk into reward When it comes to sourcing and receiving cattle from the southeast – where one third of calves come from – following management protocols can reduce risk, both for the calves and those managing them. Using…

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The Real Cost of Shipping Fever and What You Can Do About It

DULUTH, Ga. (June 2, 2020) — Shipping fever, or bovine respiratory disease (BRD), costs the cattle industry up to $900 million annually.1 But what does that number really mean to producers? “It’s hard for me to appreciate $900 million worth of losses spread out across the whole industry,” said Mike Nichols, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim. “But it’s a…

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Backgrounding rates of gain effect carcass characteristics

By : Steve Boyles, OSU Extension Beef Specialist People are currently investigating methods to control rate of gain. Anna R. Taylor  and Robbi H. Pritchard, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD; and Kelly W. Bruns , University of Nebraska-Linclon, West Central Research & Extension Center, North Platte, NE, looked at backgrounding rate of gain on…

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