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Browse our wealth of news and information for advice and tips on topics ranging from baby calf health to pasture and rangeland.

Ag Policy

EPA finalizes WOTUS rule, GOP pledges to continue efforts to stop the rule

The Obama administration, on Tuesday, May 27, finalized its controversial proposal to redefine the features that fall under jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. While the administration asserts the intent of the rule is to clear up confusion regarding its jurisdiction over certain streams, wetlands, ponds, and other land and water bodies, opponents of the rule remain unconvinced.

Pasture and Rangeland

Grazing bites, May 2015

Grass is growing. The grass is really growing! I get a little impatient sometimes waiting for spring to get here; then once it is here the speed of life goes into full throttle and the grass in the yard suddenly requires twice the normal attention. I'm not going to complain about the extra mowing, I'm just glad it is green and growing. The pastures are also growing at record speed which requires a bit more of our attention to keep under control.

Cow/Calf Producer

Pregnancy diagnosis options for beef cattle producers

Generally, beef herd pregnancy rates after a 60–120-day breeding season tend to range from 80 to 94 percent. Pregnancy diagnosis identifies the 6–20 percent of open cows in the herd so they can be culled after their calves at side are weaned, instead of waiting to the end of the subsequent calving season. Considering that the annual feed/forage costs associated with maintaining a mature cow can be as high as $400 to $600 per year, culling open cows can save as much as $250 per head that can be diverted to the purchase or development of replacement females, sire selection, increased nutritional management, and other management-related costs. Pregnancy diagnosis can be performed simply at the time that producers work their cattle during their vaccination schedule or even at the time of weaning. There are three practical methods that can be utilized for pregnancy diagnosis in beef herds: 1) rectal palpation, 2) transrectal ultrasonography, or 3) use of a blood sample that is submitted to a laboratory for analysis and results returned to the producer within a few days.

Video

Doc Talk: Synchronizing AI in cows and heifers

Hi folks, Dr. Dan from Doc Talk here. Thanks for joining us today. We’re gonna talk about synchronizing in AI in cows and heifers with Dr. Bob Larson from Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. We’re glad you joined us. It’s a great time of year. Thanks for watching Doc Talk and I hope that you enjoy this show.

Contributors

Jolley: The trumpet has sounded, all is lost

My old friend Keith Nunes, writing his column for Food Business News, hoisted his keyboard trumpet and played Taps for the 'science' of food. He wrote "Taco Bell, a Yum! Brands business unit, plans to remove all artificial flavors and colors from its food and replace them with alternatives perceived as natural by the end of 2015. The company also has set a goal of 2017 to remove all artificial preservatives and additives."

Cow/Calf Producer

Breeding soundness exam key to expanding herd

Testing bulls for reproductive health is even more important now for beef cattle producers because feeder calves are expected to generate record prices this fall, a Purdue University veterinary scientist says.

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