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Jump starting those late calving cows

Jul 08, 2014 by Drovers
Breeding season will be soon underway for the mid April and May calving cow herds. However, we all have some late calving cows that are less than 40 to 60 days postpartum. The question is how can we "jump start" some of

Distillers grains prices declining

Jul 08, 2014 by Drovers
In the last two months, distillers grains prices have counter-seasonally decreased. Typically, prices for dried distillers grains plus solubles (DDGS), wet distillers grains plus solubles (WDGS), and modified distillers

Pinkeye reduction in your dairy/beef herd

Jul 07, 2014 by Drovers
Pinkeye, also known as infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK) is a highly contagious disease, causing inflammation of the cornea (the clear outer layer) and conjunctiva (the pink membrane lining the eyelids) of th

Managing phosphorus in pastures

Jul 07, 2014 by Drovers
Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for plants, but too much can mean trouble for waterways. Phosphorus is critical to plant health and growth by helping the development of root and increasing resistance to disease.

Trader Joe's caught in COOL crosshairs

Jul 02, 2014 by Drovers
The head of a California-based organization has filed a lawsuit against Trader Joe's Co. over the retailer's alleged noncompliance with country-of-origin labeling (COOL) laws, particularly of meat products.

The impact of hot weather on bull fertility

Jul 02, 2014 by Drovers
Recently a producer asked about the impact that the heat of the summer of 2012 may have had on the reduced calf crop that was discovered the following spring. In particular, they wanted to know if high summer temperatur

Cattle numbers are tight across North America

Jul 02, 2014 by Drovers
Record high feeder cattle prices leave no doubt that U.S. feeder cattle supplies are extremely tight. On January 1, estimated feeder supplies were down 2.7 percent over the previous year amid indications of heifer reten

Commentary: Mayo mania

Jul 02, 2014 by Drovers
What does mayonnaise have to do with baby chickens? A relatively new activist group hopes its shock-treatment video will inspire consumers to connect and reject the two.

Changing landscape of beef industry

Jul 01, 2014 by Drovers
Ranchers and beef producers listened to the report and changed how they were doing business. Back in 1991, the National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA), injection site lesions were a major concern for the beef industry.

Young calves, summer heat, and water consumption

Jul 01, 2014 by Drovers
Many producers have found calving in late spring or summer allows them to match their feed resources to the cow's nutrient requirements better than spring calving. Producers who choose to calve at this time need to also

Sweet clover abundance: Good or bad?

Jul 01, 2014 by Drovers
Have you noticed an abundance of yellow sweet clover this summer? This can be good or bad, depending on how it may affect your pastures, your hay, and your cattle.

Use of selection skills: Key to success

Jul 01, 2014 by Drovers
The Animal Industry in the United States is one of the largest and most important economic sectors. Therefore, it is imperative that we understand the type of animals that are most efficient and most valuable in produc

Market value of feeder cattle weight gain

Jun 30, 2014 by Drovers
Feeder cattle prices have reached lofty levels this year. The combined weighted average price for 500-599 lb steers in South Dakota was $260.48/cwt for the third week of June, almost $60/cwt higher than at the beginning

Jump starting those late calving cows

Jun 30, 2014 by Drovers
Breeding season will be soon underway for the mid April and May calving cow herds. However, we all have some late calving cows that are less than 40 to 60 days postpartum. The question is how can we "jump start" some of