CATTLE TODAY/Ranchers.net Newsletter for October 2014

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TAKE PREVENTATIVE STEPS TO AVOID FALL HEALTH ISSUES
As a cow-calf herd goes into the fall season after a hot, dry summer, the entire herd may be stressed. Excessive heat, short grass and low water tanks stress cattle and make them more susceptible to diseases.

GOOD HEAT DETECTION KEY TO SUCCESSFUL AI
It may seem redundant to say that proper heat detection and handling of cattle is the key to a successful artificial insemination program. The fact is that many operations not only make more work out of heat detection than necessary, but also work against themselves and the cattle in doing so.

EPDS BENEFIT TERMINAL PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
Surprisingly, I still find that many producers do not use expected progeny differences (EPDs) as a primary selection tool for their bull. Many select their next herd bull based only on physical appearance or a perceived ability to perform, or low birth weight.

FALL VACCINATIONS ARE IMPORTANT FOR HERD HEALTH
Protecting one’s assets is another term for fall calf vaccinations. One does not need to view very many market reports to understand that the asset value of a calf has gone up. In other words, calves are worth good money.

PRESCRIBED BURNS HELP WITH LAND MANAGEMENT
A well-managed prescribed burn is an important tool in a landowner’s kit.

SUPPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES AFFECTED BY MANY FACTORS
Often as we approach times of the year when forage availability becomes greater, many cattlemen feel that they no longer need to provide mineral supplementation since the grass is so succulent and plentiful.

IT’S THE PITTS — DOG FOOD
Tico writes a column for the Citizen’s Gazette of Burnett, Texas, which is amazing because judging by his picture in the paper, Tico is a dog.

HUNTIN’ DAYLIGHT — MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH-PRICED COWS
“Thin cows do not compete.” That’s a statement of fact that Kris Ringwall, Extension beef specialist at North Dakota State University (NDSU) believes should be written on barn walls and painted on pasture fences. Right along with: Thin cows need more feed.

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK — SIX DEGREES OF MITIGATION
At a certain tree, in a non-descript and sparsely populated part of Montana, the right people, if you know them, can leave a certain artifact in a particular cranny. Either Myron calls you or he doesn’t. Hooter knew Myron would call because Hooter was possibly the only person alive who could provide the authorities with a physical description of the erstwhile corporate protagonist.

PRODUCERS SHOULD EVALUATE MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS
There are literally an infinite number of ways to formulate a mineral supplement. With hundreds of ingredients at our disposal and well as countless combinations of forage sources and cattle classifications on these forage bases the variations are mind boggling.

BLACK INK — FIXER UPPERS
I got my start with other people’s cull cows, just a bid or two above the hamburger market – which was not so dear back then.

WINTER FEED QUALITY DEPENDS ON PROPER HANDLING
Hay is one of the most common winter feedstuffs in most regions of the country. Mixed emotions come from most cattlemen when talking about this vital resource. Most know getting it baled right means a lot of long hot days in the field and feeding it often comes with bad weather.

CATTLE DISEASES
Our site has a listing of most common diseases of beef cattle including their symptoms, treatment and prevention. In order to profitably operate a cattle operation it is important to know about these diseases and how to control and treat them. Check it out and “Bookmark” it for future reference.

PRODUCERS SHOULD STUDY DATA BEFORE BUYING BULLS
There is certainly no shortage of bull pictures. Have you ever wondered just how many bulls pictures can be printed in one magazine?

PRECAUTIONS PROTECT AGAINST CATTLE THEFTS
Old West days are long gone, but cattle producers still need to take steps to prevent the theft of livestock by modern-day cattle rustlers.

ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION ARE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL MARKETING
The success or failure of your marketing efforts depend greatly on your ability to communicate to customers and potential clients about yourself, your breeding program and
when and where your sale will be taking place.

ADMINISTER INJECTIONS PROPERLY TO AVOID SIDE AFFECTS
Cattle are often given injections—vaccines, antibiotics, medications to help reduce inflammation, inject able vitamins or minerals, etc. These should always be administered properly in order to minimize tissue damage and reduce the risks for reactions and side effects.

PLAN IN ADVANCE TO MINIMIZE STRESS ON STOCKERS
As we enter the beginning of fall, and temperatures begin to cool, many producers are looking toward preparing for winter grazing and receiving stocker calves.

BVD IS THE MOST COSTLY VIRAL DISEASE IN CATTLE
Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) is widespread in cattle, with a high number of animals testing positive to this disease. It has been estimated that 80 percent of cattle in this country have been exposed to BVD, and that 70 to 90 percent of infections go undetected, without visible symptoms.

TAKE STEPS TO AVOID COMPLICATIONS AFTER CASTRATION
While castration may be routine, it is certainly not without complications.

DEVELOPING REPLACEMENTS IS A STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS
During rebuilding years, most team sports are forced to play athletes who may not be ready to assume the role or players that lack talent to compete at that level. Building blocks set in place during the recruiting process should bring in qualified replacements that have the ability to step in and perform. These programs often reload, they do not rebuild.


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NOVEMBER  SALE DATES

Cattle Today will be at the following sale in November:

November  1 — Yon Family Farms Angus & SimAngus Fall Bull Sale, Ridge Spring SC
November 8 — Blackwater Cattle Company Bull & Female Sale, Lake Park GA


SITE OF THE MONTH

THE BRANCH RANCH
The Branch Ranch was born in 1982 when owner Tommie Rogers purchased a small tract of land in Branch, LA and populated it with six Brangus cows and one Brangus bull. They have raised registered Brangus cattle since the early 1980’s and for the last three decades have continued to improve their herd. The Branch Ranch website gives visitors a great look into the program with plenty of information and pictures on their herd sires, donors and “Rough and Ready” program.  They also have provide updated information on their upcoming internet sale. The video and photo tours of the operation are a nice touch.  Congratulations to The Branch Ranch on a job well done!


WINDOWS TIP OF THE MONTH

ANTI-VIRUS UPDATES
There are new viruses coming out every week and if your Anti-Virus program is not up to date you could be downloading a new virus.

OR

WHAT’S MY PASSWORD?
Internet Explorer automatically fills in my name and password when I login to a site that requires a login.
However, it’s been so long since I created the login, I’ve forgotten my password and it is hidden behind *****.
How can I find out what it is? No problem!
lostpassword.com/asterisk.htm


FUN SITE OF THE MONTH

Halloween Fun! Pumpkin Carving Online!

Carve your own virtual pumpkin and then send it to a friend with a personalized message.
The kids will love it!
www.theoworlds.com/halloween/

 


QUOTE OF THE MONTH

The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer. — Will Rogers

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