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Friday, April 25,2014

Calf processing time and the BQA

by WLJ
As producers are finishing calving season and preparing for branding/processing, it is important to review Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) guidelines. Let’s take a minute to look at the key BQA principles: • Discuss calf vaccination protocols with your veterinarian to ensure a strong herd health program.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Recent range conflicts reveal dire need for legislative reform

by WLJ
The recent clash between the federal government and a cattle ranching family over grazing rights didn’t spring up out of the Nevada desert dust. This is according to Public Lands Council (PLC) and its sister organization, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), organizations representing the 22,000 ranchers who utilize public lands.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Consider culling order for fall-calving herds

by WLJ
With low cattle numbers in some areas of the U.S., producers would like to expand their beef herds. However, in much of the western part of the Southern Plains, Mother Nature has not cooperated. Many producers are currently being faced with limited forage availability due to drought and (in a few cases) wildfires.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Scours in beef calves prevalent this spring

by WLJ
Although many beef producers experienced more than the usual number of hypothermia cases in calves born this year due to several days of sub-zero temperatures, scours is still the number one neonatal calf disease producers will fight year after year, according to Kansas State University (K-State) Veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Vet's Perspective

Bovine respiratory disease

by WLJ
The complex of viral and bacterial causes for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) or illness commonly known as “shipping fever” does not respect age or condition of cattle and will become opportunistic whenever the advantage may arise.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Corn strategies for cattle feeders

by WLJ
“From the pre-harvest high of $5.17 per bushel, March 2014 corn futures dropped to $4.08 per bushel on Jan. 10, 2014.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Corn planting starts slowly

by WLJ
According to the report, 3 percent of the 2014/2015 corn crop is in the ground. This compares with 2 percent the same week last year, and the 5-year average of 6 percent.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Farmers, deputies use proven tools to prevent crime

by WLJ
Farmers and ranchers lose millions of dollars’ worth of property each year to thieves who steal metal, equipment, crops and livestock.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Disaster assistance programs available

by WLJ
Livestock Indemnity Payments: Pays up to 75 percent of the market value for livestock mortality that exceeds normal rates. That includes paying for attacks by animals or adverse weather conditions, as well. Market value of the animal is based on the market value of that animal the day befo...

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Friday, April 11,2014

Beef herd expansion threatened

by WLJ
It’s April and pastures are, or should be, greening up in the southern half of the country. However, cold weather this spring has delayed pasture development in many areas. Winter conditions still exist in several regions in the northern half of the country where spring green-up is still a month away.

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