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Early Weaning a Drought Management Strategy

Early weaning is one of the management decisions that can help reduce pressure on native pastures and extend forage supplies for adult beef cows. Beef calves can be early weaned successfully from 60 to 150 days of age.

Biggs: Internal Parasite Control

Internal parasites cause a variety of clinical signs, including weight loss, diarrhea and death. Other, less obvious parasitic signs, (often referred to as subclinical signs), significantly impact producers.

NCBA Delivers Progress on Backend 150 Air-Mile Exemption for Livestock Haulers

NCBA spearheaded introduction of the larger HAULS Act in both the Senate and House, and worked to get the backend 150 air-mile exemption included in the Surface Transportation Investment Act.

ND Drought Creates Forage Shortage

North Dakota ranchers are experiencing an historical widespread drought and the window for forage production is closing for 2021. Many producers may not have adequate production to justify haying.

Drought Conditions Favorable for Toxic Cyanobacteria

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can produce toxins that are harmful to livestock, wildlife and people. The growth of this bacteria is aided by high temperatures.

Managing Foot Rot In Cattle

Foot rot can occur in cattle of all ages, and cases are often seen in wet and humid conditions, but can also occur when it is hot and dry when cattle congregate together.

Drought Forces ND Ranchers To Sell Pairs

No rancher wants to sell cow-calf pairs in May, but that’s exactly what’s happening at Stockmen's Livestock Exchange in Dickinson, North Dakota. Extreme drought conditions brought 700 pairs to the sale last week.

Fly and Tick Season is Upon Us

When considering how to plan for a fly and tick control program for your cattle operation it is important to know the difference in application methods and their specific longevity in relation to adequate control.

Merck Animal Health Bestows $270,000 in Veterinary Scholarships

Merck announces 54 veterinary students from around the world received scholarships through the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. Students pursuing careers will each receive $5,000 scholarships.

Get More Nutrients With Less Feed

When commodity feed prices become high, cattle producers should consider options for getting more out of their livestock feeds. Using other methods to get more nutrients out of the feed is now cost effective.

Breeding Herd Vaccination Plans

A critical component of cow herd health is a breeding herd vaccination strategy. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all vaccination plan.

Summer Pneumonia in Calves a Concern

Summer pneumonia is respiratory disease/pneumonia that occurs in beef calves nursing their dams. The age range of calves affected can be as early as 3 to 4 weeks and from 3 to 5 months of age.

Sacrifice Area May Save Grazing Resources

A sacrifice area is an area where animals stay at times when pasture grazing is detrimental to land and plants. This area can be in a dry lot pen or a fenced-off area of the pasture.

Feedyard Consultants to Host Team Growth & Education Workshops

Production Animal Consultation and Midwest PMS will host a series of workshop training events in Kansas and Nebraska during the month of June for feedyard managers and employees.

Systems Management of Disease Includes Vaccination

Managing infectious diseases in cattle involves all aspects of the cow-calf system. A systems approach includes matching genetic selection to resources, nutrition, reducing stress and the use of vaccine protocols.

Managing Parasite Resistance

Parasite control remains economically important, but strategies are evolving.

Low-Stress Trailer Loading

As with loading out, trailer loading is another production event that can be high stress on both the animals and people, but it needn’t be that way.

Keeping the First Calf Heifers on Track

Heifers conceiving early in their first breeding season will have increased lifetime production and efficiency. It is critical heifers attain enough weight to initiate their first estrous before the onset of breeding.

Greg Henderson
PAUSE Act A Radical Threat To Ranching

Colorado Governor Jared Polis has effectively hung a “welcome” sign out encouraging radical activist groups to make mischief in his state and torment ranchers. The first salvo is called the PAUSE Act.

Study Finds Beef Industry Can Cut Emissions

A comprehensive assessment of 12 strategies for reducing beef production emissions found that industry can reduce GHG emissions by as much as 50% in certain regions, with most potential in the United States and Brazil.

Reproductive Management of Cow Herd During Drought

With breeding season approaching, cattle producers must develop or modify management plans in anticipation of a drought to keep the most productive and valuable cows in the herd.

Certified Angus Beef
Angus VNR: A Focus on the Cow and the Carcass Can Coexist

Kansas rancher Matt Perrier talks about his focus on maternal traits that fits marbling into the equation.

Selection for Maternal Performance

This week we discuss the EPDs to consider when selecting bulls that will be used as rotational sires. A rotational sire is a bull from which daughters will be retained to develop as replacements in our cowherd.

New Calf Care & Quality Assurance Program Launched

The U.S. calf-raising sector now has a program to help ensure optimal calf health and welfare via the Calf Care & Quality Assurance (CCQA) program, the first, collaborative educational tool that provides guidelines.

Genetic Prediction in Beef Cattle and Expected Progeny Differences

EPDs are the result of genetic prediction, based on performance data collected by cattle breeders over many generations of beef production.

Invest in Genetics to Maximize Your Profit Potential

Breeding season is just around the corner and it’s time to consider your investment in genetics to maximize the profit potential of the calves that will be born next year.

Elanco Introduces NUPLURA PH+ for Cattle

The product offers proven performance against Mannheimia haemolytica, while adding protection against common viral causes of BRD, including BVD Types 1 and 2 and IBR.

Cattle Stranded On Ship Docked In Spain To Be Destroyed

Nearly 900 cows are set to be euthanized by Spanish authorities fearing bluetongue after the cattle drifted for more than two months on the Mediterranean Sea while the owners searched for a buyer.

Increxxa Available for U.S. Cattle Producers

Elanco Animal Health announces Increxxaä (tulathromycin injection) for the treatment of bovine respiratory disease (BRD).

Selk: Re-warming Methods for Cold-stressed Calves

Cows are beginning to calve and some newborns are certain to be cold stressed. Getting those calves back to normal body temperatures as soon as possible will save some calves and increase the vigor of others.

Justin Sexten Performance Livestock Analytics
Data-Driven Decisions: Strategic Health Management

Antibiotic metaphylaxis is an effective preventative to BRD and leads to improvements in feedyard performance. Can high-risk calves to respond to respiratory vaccines when administered at arrival?

Newborn calf
Selk: Calving Assistance During And After Stage II

Despite our best efforts at bull selection and heifer development, cows or heifers occasionally need assistance at calving time. Here are recommendations on when to provide calving assistance for cows and heifers.

Y3 Ranch, Idaho
Merck’s Dr. Angela Baysinger Receives “Feather in Her Cap” Award

Dr. Baysinger was recognized for her significant contribution and achievements to the animal health industry, including mentoring and developing future women leaders.

AL Ranch
Merck Announces Bovilis Nasalgen 3-PMH Intranasal BRD vaccine

Merck Animal Health has announced that Bovilis Nasalgen 3-PMH, the first intranasal vaccine, is now available to protect cattle from five of the most common pneumonia-causing viral and bacterial pathogens.

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Lice Infestations Rise With Mild Winter

In the midst of one of the mildest winters in North Dakota history, many ranchers are faced with lice infestations in herds even though they have treated their cattle.

Nebraska Rancher Uses Herd to Honor Frontline Workers

David Schuler’s Christmastime tradition turned into a tribute to those working on as first responders through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Decade Ahead: Societal Trends Will Leave Their Mark On Agriculture

The past decade has been weird and wacky to say the least. It makes you wonder what’s in store for the next 10 years. Here are some possible hints.

Colostrum provides passive immunity
Selk: Passive Immunity And Long-term Health Of Calves

The most likely candidates for “inadequate” passive immunity are calves born to first calf two-year-old heifers. Calves with inadequate passive immunity remain at higher risk to illness prior to weaning.

Membership model announced
U.S. CattleTrace Releases Membership Model

U.S. CattleTrace, a not-for-profit that securely maintains and manages data collected as part of disease traceability, announced the release of its model for membership.

Broiler chicks
Court Rejects Meat Institute’s Prop 12 Appeal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected the Meat Institute’s challenge to California’s 2018 ballot initiative that imposes new standards for animal housing.

Hannah Thompson-Weeman
What’s Next for Animal Activism in 2021 and What Can We Do About It?

As much as 2020 has shown us being flexible is just as valuable as having plans, I still believe there is merit to taking a moment to reflect on some of the trends we’ve seen and how they may impact us moving forward.

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Methane Emissions Reduced By Novel Feed Ingredient

A two-year large-scale trial in Alberta, Canada has successfully demonstrated that a novel feed ingredient, developed by Royal DSM, can be included in commercial feedlot diets to reduce methane emissions by up to 80%.

AL Ranch, NE
Be Aware of Manganese Deficiency Risks this Winter

Minerals are essential for health and reproductive success, but also support fetal development. We easily overlook minerals and vitamins in gestating cow diets, so now is the time to plan for a strong calving season.

Newborn calf
Most Passive Immunity Occurs in the First Six Hours

Resistance to disease is greatly dependent on antibodies or immunoglobulins. Passive immunity gives temporary protection by transfer of certain immune substances from resistant individuals.

Beef outlook 2021
2021 Beef Outlook: New Challenges, New Opportunities

Disruptions to the beef industry from the COVID-19 pandemic will likely linger into 2021, but the result may not be all bad for producers, Don Close, animal protein analyst at Rabo AgriFinance told AgriTalk.

Startup Challenge
Beef Alliance Announces First-Ever Startup Challenge

The Beef Alliance Startup Challenge is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to align the customers of technology (cattle feeders) with the creators of technology (startups) to put high impact solutions to work.

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Consider Mineral Deficiencies In Cattle Deaths

Ranchers need to keep in mind that the wrong quantities of minerals can be dangerous or even deadly to cattle, say experts from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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Group Seeks To Add to R-CALF’s Suit Over RFID

A new nonprofit civil rights group has filed a lawsuit seeking to add nine documents to the record in R-CALF's suit against USDA over the government's attempts to implement mandatory RFID eartags for cattle and bison.

Virtual Format Announced for the 2021 Driftless Region Beef Conference

Webinars each evening will feature topics ranging from Greenhouse Gasses and sustainability in beef production, advice for surviving tough times and antibiotic resistance to a 2021 market outlook.

Meat Packers Accelerated Spread of COVID-19, Study Says

New research published by the National Academy of Sciences ties livestock meat packing plants to 6% to 8% of U.S. COVID-19 cases, and 3% to 4% of the deaths through late July.