February 2018


CT: February 06, 2018 15:01:55 CST
TREAT BLOAT SYMPTOMS IN CALVES IMMEDIATELY
In some herds, calves die nearly every year from enterotoxemia caused by bacterial toxins. The calves are usually about a month old, but may be as young as a few days or as old as two to three months.

CT: February 07, 2018 14:45:49 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME
I read somewhere that people move every seven years; I think mostly to show their friends that they're moving up in the world.

CT: February 08, 2018 14:33:15 CST
MINERAL NUTRITION IS IMPORTANT PART OF MANAGEMENT
Is mineral nutrition the magic bullet for reproductive success in your beef operation? The number of mineral products for sale may give the impression that the answer is yes. However, in reality, mineral nutrition is just a part of a good nutrition and management plan.

CT: February 09, 2018 14:11:59 CST
USE BODY CONDITION AS A MANAGEMENT TOOL
Body condition of cows determines whether they give birth to strong, healthy calves, and rebreed on schedule. Keeping track of body condition can help a rancher determine the nutritional needs of cows through winter and spring until they are safely rebred.

CT: February 14, 2018 14:08:42 CST
HOW WILL NEW TAX LAW AFFECT LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY?
The new tax law signed by President Trump, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), has several provisions beneficial to owners and breeders in the horse and livestock industries.

CT: February 14, 2018 14:11:52 CST
TAKE STEPS TO GUARD AGAINST LAMENESS WITH HOOF CARE
If you raise cattle, at some point in time you will have to deal with lameness issues. Some causes of lameness, such as foot rot, can be easily treated on-farm if caught early. Other lamenesses can be more severe, requiring veterinary intervention and long-term follow-up.

CT: February 15, 2018 13:51:48 CST
BLACK INK -- EXCELLENCE CAN CUT COSTS
Working as a waitress throughout high school, I hated the sight of an empty table. It meant one less chance to make a tip.

CT: February 15, 2018 13:57:19 CST
RANCHERS HOPE TO ERADICATE DISEASE CARRYING TICK
In the late 1800s and early 1900s a disease termed cattle fever caused enormous economic losses to the cattle industry. It is deadly to cattle that have not developed an immunity, and the mortality rate is estimated to be up to 90 percent in these “naive” cattle.

CT: February 16, 2018 13:14:03 CST
BEEFMASTER BULLS INCLUDED IN BEEF ALLIANCE PROGRAM
Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Integrity Beef Alliance. In December 2017 Beefmaster bulls became the most recent bull breed approved by the Integrity Beef's board of directors for inclusion in the program.

CT: February 16, 2018 13:16:10 CST
PLANNED BREEDING SCHEDULE PAYS DIVIDENDS
Financial opportunities can be found in designing strong breeding and forage/ pasture plans for beef cattle herds, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.

CT: February 19, 2018 13:50:34 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- TRANSITIONAL YEAR AHEAD
Arguably, this year is shaping up to be a year of transition from market realignment and balancing to what passes for normalcy in the modern age.

CT: February 20, 2018 14:36:42 CST
MANAGE PAIN IN HERD TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
Cattle experience pain. Even though they can be very good at disguising it, they do. Pain can come from injury, age (arthritis), natural activity (calving), disease or common management practices.

CT: February 21, 2018 14:06:08 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- YOU MAY BE A TOOL NUT IF . . .
There's nobody I admire more than someone who knows their tools, unless it's someone who also collects them.

CT: February 22, 2018 13:32:47 CST
IMPROVE PREGNANCY RATES WITH PROPER SEMEN HANDLING
In addition to proper heat detection, the area in which operations can make huge strides in improving pregnancy rates to artificial insemination is in correct handling of semen.

CT: February 22, 2018 13:34:35 CST
BREEDERS MUST IMPROVE HEAT DETECTION
Artificial insemination can be one of the most powerful tools used on a ranch. It allows for use of supreme sires, control of possible disease transmission and also reduces the need to buy and keep as many bulls. It does require a great deal of planning, special training, and special facilities. If there is any area that most operations can improve on, it is in heat detection.

CT: February 23, 2018 12:51:47 CST
AG TRADE CONTINUES TO CLIMB IN VALUE
U.S. agricultural export trade reached $135 billion in 2016 as farm commodities were a big economic driver helping to feed a growing global population, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.

CT: February 23, 2018 12:56:23 CST
CHANGING WEATHER PATTERNS HAS IMPACT ON POND LEVELS
Terms like climate change or global warming may elicit different responses depending on your political viewpoints, but one thing is certain: Our weather is changing.

CT: February 23, 2018 12:58:31 CST
BLACK INK -- PIGS, PEOPLE AND PROFIT
We lived in a two-bedroom apartment in the middle of the city when my husband made the first livestock purchase of our marriage.

CT: February 26, 2018 12:53:40 CST
TAMU AND COLORADO STATE TEAM UP FOR EXPORT PROJECT
Texas A&M AgriLife and Colorado State University researchers are teaming to evaluate production practice risks to beef trade, develop educational materials and programs to assist producers with meeting requirements for exporting to China, and helping the U.S. beef industry capitalize on future export trade revenue.

CT: February 26, 2018 12:56:48 CST
ALFALFA HAS BECOME A GOOD OPTION FOR SOUTHERN PRODUCERS
Livestock producers across the Southeast are always looking for an edge: some forage source that is ideally high-yielding and high-quality, reduces the need for supplemental and stored feed, while it performs well in less-than-ideal soil and weather conditions, and has a fertilizer bill that doesn't break the bank.








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