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Profit Tips: Manage calves to reduce stress at weaning

Specialists at the University of Nebraska remind producers stress is the No. 1 issue that impacts calf performance at weaning. FULL STORY »

Provide employees with healthcare information

Most farms and small businesses are aware of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and some of its requirements. By Jan. 1, 2014, all individuals are required to carry healthcare insurance for themselves and their dependents, says Adam Kantrovich, PhD, a Michigan State University Extension specialist. FULL STORY »

Pre-weaning BRD

While a great deal of study has taken place on bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in feedlots, BRD also sometimes affects young calves, and less is known about the disease complex at that production stage. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Reducing effects of sulfur in distillers’ grains

As use of distillers’ grains in cattle rations grows, one concern has been variability in the product, including, at times, high concentrations of sulfur in the feed. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Safety - Prevent hay fires

Hay and fire are a bad combination for more reasons than you might think. “There are several factors that make hay fires difficult to extinguish,” FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: 2013 tax planning — now, not later

A common management practice for most farm operations is to do year-end tax planning in November and December each year to manage the farm’s financial position. FULL STORY »

Year-round anaplasmosis prevention

Many beef producers associate anaplasmosis with horse flies and keep up a prevention program only during the fly season, says Oklahoma State University Extension veterinarian Dave Sparks. FULL STORY »

BQA guidelines for veterinary procedures

During the Cattle Industry Summer Conference last month in Denver, Ryan Ruppert, NCBA’s senior director for beef quality assurance (BQA), presented a recommended set of BQA veterinary procedures guidelines to the Cattle Health and Well Being Committee. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Equipment – Fold-out recordkeeper

Keeping accurate health records for a cow herd is essential, but not all facilities provide adequate space for the necessary paperwork. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Marketing - Preconditioning webinar on demand

Better health, heavier sale weights and higher bids at auction are just some of the benefi ts of a sound preconditioning program, and calf values this year make health assurances more valuable than usual. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Genetic Selection – Watch for genetic defects

A genetic defect — developmental duplication — was recently discovered in Angus cattle, according to University of Nebraska Extension. FULL STORY »

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