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Friday, April 25,2014

Techniques to minimize stress at branding time

by WLJ
Both hot-iron and freeze branding techniques are capable of causing pain, as indicated by behavior responses (tail flicks, kicks, vocalization, etc.), heart rate increase, and cortisol responses in several studies; however, the pain is typically acute.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Meeting cowsâ nutritional needs after calving

by WLJ
“To maintain a 365-day calving interval, rebreeding has to occur by 82 days after calving,” said Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/ Calf Field Specialist. “Cows need to recover from calving and start cycling again during that time period while providing enough milk for their growing calves.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Economic depreciation for farm equipment, machinery

by WLJ
In 2013, strong U.S. commodity prices, relatively low interest rates and enhanced tax deductions led to robust sales of new farm machinery and equipment.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Trade talks with Japan on ag tariffs not yet fruitful

by WLJ
President Barack Obama was in Japan last week on his third visit to the island nation. While discussing issues with China and territory conflicts over the Senkaku Islands, the topic of beef was on the table.

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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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