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December 21, 2014
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MORE BEEF FROM DOWN UNDER SET FOR U.S. TABLES AS HERD DROPS

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences reported that exports to the U.S. will jump 35 percent to 360,000 metric tons in 2014-2015. That’s the highest since 2004-2005. The U.S. cattle herd started the year at the smallest since 1951 after years of drought forced producers to cull herds.
JAPAN’S SOARING DEMAND FOR COW TONGUE DRIVES U.S. EXPORTS

Last year after Japan loosened restrictions on the age of cattle it would accept, U.S. beef-tongue exports soared by 150 percent in 2013 over the previous year. Now Japanese can find cow tongue at tasting events or fast-food joints. Most beef tongues are imported from Texas and Nebraska and sell around $8 a pound in Japan, while they are worth 50 cents a pound in the U.S.
THREE-STATE BEEF CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON COW-CALF, STOCKER TOPICS

The University of Missouri Extension will host the second-annual Three-State Beef Conference January 13-15, 2015 with locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. The conference is designed to give beef cattle producers and others in the beef industry in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska regular updates on current cow-calf and stocker topics. To pre-register, call Gentry County Extension Program Director, Shawn Deering at 660-726-5610 or email deerings@missouri.edu.
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April 24, 2014
ARTICLES
Pick Your PVP

Process Verified Program, that is

- by Merridee Wells

- Photo by Sage Pool


Process Verified Programs, or PVP’s as they are commonly called, are another of the many new-fangled phrases which are becoming commonplace in our cattle industry today. Breed associations draw them like a gun while marketing programs dazzle you with their PVP requirements and the auction companies brag on their value-added benefits.


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Prep For the Cold

Make sure your cows are nutritionally ready


- by Gilda V. Bryant

- photo by Lucie Wiese



























Minerals are important for herd health, reproduction and efficiency during winter.  However, that is only part of the picture.  Extra protein and energy are vital during cold, wet weather.  Producers should also be aware of forage and by-product supplementation quality, as well as body condition scores. 



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An Ounce of Prevention
- by Dr. Arn Anderson, DVM





















A drive through the unloading pen with seven-foot tall pipe fence, double gates with two latches and two chains, a trained technician and a seven-foot perimeter fence; this litany of security measures clicked off in my brain as I ran toward my truck instinctively yelling “loose bull!”.  Only moments before, 747, a dog-gentle 2200 lb, five year-old Limousin bull, had calmly walked off the trailer and into the large animal hospital.  He had come for an exam to determine the cause of his lethargy and malaise. 



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Battle the Bad Bacteria

Your secret weapon? Ionophores

by Melissa Albertson

photo by Malloree Barnes

As you consider all the different products available to help increase the performance for your herd, you can’t ignore the proven benefits of feeding ionophores: improved feed utilization, increased gain, prevention and control of coccidiosis, and cost effectiveness. Even so, while ionophore use is extremely common in feedlot finishing diets, they still are an underutilized product in grazing operations.


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The Sky’s the Limit
 Controlling High Altitude Sickness

by Merridee Wells

Photo by Tayler Teichert


For all you flatlanders who have taken a vacation to the mountains, if you felt drowsy, lethargic or had shortness of breath, you may have experienced some of the same symptoms that cattle do when they graze in elevations above 5,000 feet.  The bovine condition, known among ranchers as high altitude sickness or brisket disease, can eventually lead to congestive heart failure in affected animals. 


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A Bigger Hammer - Ask and Ye Shall Receive
 
 by Dr. Arn Anderson, DVM

 

With all this snow in North Texas it’s difficult to realize that spring calving season is here.  In our cow-calf herds this can be a labor intensive time, particularly with first-calf heifers.  The secret to a successful season involves planning. 

Sam had followed all the rules.  He had bred his heifers early to a low birthweight bull and fed them well.  Sam had the cattle calving within easy reach of a good set of pens with a wind break and a covered working chute.  He had access to water, electricity and lights.  In the shed was a tool box with all the equipment he would need to deliver and, if needed, revive a calf.  Sam had also attended a couple of extension service classes on when to call his vet.  He was confident in his experience and skill. 


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