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Engler Foundation Presents WTAMU  With Its Largest Gift Ever

Engler Foundation Presents WTAMU With Its Largest Gift Ever

By Larry Stalcup, Contributing Editor No one has done more for the cattle-feeding industry than Paul Engler. And the founder of Cactus Feeders is eager to help assure that one of the nation’s leading universities conducting cattle-feeding and beef-production research is able to expand its celebrated program. On Nov. 17, West Texas A&M University in… Read the rest »

OCA President Weston Givens

Defeat of the Oklahoma Beef Checkoff

  The Oklahoma Beef Checkoff referendum failed 2,506 to 1,998, a major disappointment to Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association President Weston Givens and others who fought for the state checkoff. “As a rancher, I face challenges every day,” Givens says. “Unfortunately, those daily challenges are nothing compared to the growing challenges our industry faces, such as aggressive… Read the rest »

Expectations Guide Cattle Feeding

Expectations Guide Cattle Feeding

By Steve Suther, with Certified Angus Beef The performance of healthy cattle on feed is “extremely predictable,” but you have to know what to expect and when to worry. That’s according to Richard Zinn, University of California-Davis animal scientist, who presented at the late summer Feeding Quality Forum in Omaha, Neb., and Garden City, Kan…. Read the rest »

Don’t Feed the Fever

Keeping cattle healthy — and encouraging quicker recovery from illness — helps animals direct their energy towards growth and production. Any disease challenge requires cattle to mount an immune response. In the zero-sum game of livestock production, this means resources are pulled away from building muscle mass or producing milk. “It’s extremely important for us… Read the rest »

Soften the Shock of Weaning

Calves are more vulnerable to illness during weaning due to a variety of stressors, including removal from their mothers and new diets.1 That stress can also have negative consequences for the health and productivity of newly weaned calves. To help ensure successful weaning, producers are turning to probiotics to help reduce the negative impact of… Read the rest »

Don’t let cows fall victim to the spring nutrient gap

Don’t let cows fall victim to the spring nutrient gap

Short grass can shortchange freshly calved cows at their time of greatest need. Fresh green grass is a welcome sight come spring. However, early spring grass with limited growth or volume should be approached with caution when it’s used as the sole source of nutrition for recently calved cows. With limited grass volume, cows can… Read the rest »

Don’t Get Caught Off Guard- Preparing For Changing Antibiotic Regulations

In case you missed it. Cattlemen’s Webinar Series Recording – Preparing for Changing Antibiotic Regulations. The New Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) for medically important feed-grade antibiotics will take effect on Jan. 1, 2017. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association held a webinar on this important topic on October, 27th 2016.  The webinar held information about how cattlemen… Read the rest »

The Importance of Bunk Management

Apply these bunk management tips to your feedlot. Applying key bunk management practices can save your feedlot from health issues, wasted feed and lost pounds from decreased average daily gain (ADG). “Feed bunk management is the daily opportunity for cattle feeders to influence and ensure top performance and profitability for their cattle,” said Marty Andersen,… Read the rest »

Assess Silage Results to Improve Quality

As we approach silage harvest across the country, this is a good opportunity to think about the quality and stability of last season’s crop. “Even excellent operations are likely to experience some silage quality issues,” says Bob Charley, Ph.D., Forage Products Manager, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “Understanding these issues and their causes can provide insights on… Read the rest »

CALF News Announces Jessica Ebert as National Account Manager

CALF News, along with BluePrint Marketing, is pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Ebert as National Account Sales Manager, effectively July 11, 2016. Jessica brings a strong work ethic and a great deal of experience in the agriculture sector to this position. Born and raised in Kansas on a diversified operation that includes farming… Read the rest »