March 2016


CT: March 01, 2016 14:46:55 CST
MONITOR CATTLE FOR ANY REACTION TO DRUGS
Occasionally cattle experience a reaction to a drug (injected, applied topically or given orally). An allergic reaction can be mild and local (such as swelling at the injection site after vaccination) or serious and fatal—if the animal goes into anaphylactic shock.

CT: March 08, 2016 13:57:33 CST
KNOWING WHAT YOU HAVE, TO DECIDE WHAT YOU NEED -- PART 2
In the last issue we began a discussion of farm analytics, the various things a producer should measure in an effort to better understand what different conditions are on the farms as well as what may be needed to enhance performance. Initially the discussion was on soil testing. It was appropriate to start with the soil because it is the basis of EVERYTHING done and grown on the farm or ranch. But there are a variety of other parameters and conditions that must be measured. As we go through this series we will look at forages, water and animals and the various analyses that every producer should consider as part of a well-designed management plan.

CT: March 09, 2016 15:17:56 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- COWBOY COMMANDMENTS
I've learned a few things from cows and cowboys over the years, such as...

CT: March 17, 2016 13:49:19 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- AIM FOR SPECIFIC GOALS
Consistently hitting the wrong target typically yields the same results of never hitting the right one. We all know that.

CT: March 17, 2016 13:52:56 CST
TREAT CALF SCOURS EARLY FOR BEST RESULTS
Diarrhea in neonatal calves is one of the leading causes of morbidity (sickness) and mortality (death) in North America and Europe and continues to be a major cause of economic loss to the beef cattle industry.

CT: March 17, 2016 13:56:42 CST
ELECTRONIC BULL BUYING CAN BENEFIT OPERATIONS
Each year, a new generation of bulls are offered for sale, along with more and better data regarding the bulls we buy. Last year's bull calves are growing up and will be ready for turnout in a few months.

CT: March 18, 2016 13:33:31 CST
FERTILIZE PONDS FOR BETTER FISH PRODUCTION
Starkville, Miss. -- The decision to fertilize a fishing pond is one that should not be taken lightly.

CT: March 18, 2016 13:37:39 CST
SIX WAYS TO MAKEOVER YOUR COWHERD FOR THE FUTURE
Home remodeling shows are all the rage on cable television and they have some resemblance of changes needed in the beef industry. You might not consider your cows as a Fixer Upper, but it could be time to remodel your breeding strategies.

CT: March 22, 2016 14:17:52 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- FALL BRACKETOLOGY
No one in Apache Flats needed a T.V., computer or radio to know when college basketball's March Madness was at hand. All they had to do was look at pockets.

CT: March 22, 2016 14:20:08 CST
ENERGY DENSE FORAGES CAN BE BENEFICIAL TO HERD
Some forage species are more energy-dense than others. Beef producers around the world have been utilizing some of these species in grass-fed beef production, using forages instead of grain for finishing beef animals. Some of these forages can also be beneficial in a fall/winter grazing program.

CT: March 23, 2016 14:33:18 CST
IT'S THE PITTS - BOVINE BEAUTICIANS
Look behind any Grand Champion steer or show heifer these days and you'll see an army of young men responsible for turning the beast into a thing of beauty.

CT: March 24, 2016 12:57:05 CST
PRODUCERS FOCUS ON HERD SIRE SELECTION
Spring breeding season has arrived, and many cattle producers are likely thinking about selecting their next herd sire.

CT: March 24, 2016 13:00:57 CST
KNOWING WHAT YOU HAVE TO DECIDE WHAT YOU NEED -- PART 3
Of all the nutrients, water is the most important and often the most taken for granted. It is the most abundant component in all living organisms with the body of the typical adult mammal composed of about 60 percent water. Its importance is emphasized in that of all the nutrients, water is needed on the most regular basis and in the highest volume.








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