January 2010

Feed Additives

Nutritional Management of the Calf After Weaning  The first 30-45 days after a calf is weaned is perhaps the most stressful period of its life. Good performance and health during this time can set the stage for an efficient and profitable feedout, or a long and productive life in the cow herd. On the other hand, most of the sickness and death loss due to respiratory disease happens at this time. Respiratory disease affects one in 7 feedlot placements and is the leading cause of death loss.

Seedstock Plus 2010 Sale Schedule

Seedstock Plus will be hosting 7 sales or private treaty offerings in the spring of 2010. The dates, places and times are as follows. Seedstock Plus started the new century dedicated to a simple notion: blaze a path to compete in the evolving beef industry which demands more volume, more predictability and more service. In order to achieve that, while still maintaining the independent family operations that each of our members represents, we committed ourselves to working cooperatively among ourselves and with reputable partners from other segments of the beef industry.

So, You Want to be a Vet

So, you like working with animals, and you want to become a veterinarian. That is certainly a good start, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to gaining a degree in veterinary medicine. Doctors of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) includes those that conduct research and spend time in the laboratory developing new theories and practices, while others take the clinical route and work in the field diagnosing, treating and curing animals.

Ranching Internship

There are different ways you can break into the ranching business. However, if you are not born into a ranching family or near a ranching family to learn first hand knowledge than you might look into a ranching internship designed to give you that hands on approach to learning the ranching lifestyle and trade. There are domestic, within the United States and International programs available to students.

Hydraulically Rotating Timberline® Tree Shear

January 2010 - Now there's a new way that you can cut and trim trees; with a hydraulically rotating Timberline® Tree Shear for your excavator.  This revolutionary tool from Sidney Manufacturing allows you to reach in and cut up to a 14" diameter live hardwood tree in one cut.  Utilizing over 70,000 lbs. of force, a T 1 steel blade provides a clean cut both safely and efficiently.  The ability to rotate after the cut allows the Timberline® Tree Shear to also serve as a grapple to lift, wrangle and carry the fallen tree.

The Future of Agricultural Education

There are many things a young, aspiring cattle producer can learn through higher education. But the most important of those may be how to learn.

So, Who Takes Care of the Calf?

Bryan McMurry, with Cargill Animal Nutrition, earned his Masters Degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics, and a PhD in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. The short, simple answer to this question is of course, the cow. That’s her job. As cattlemen, taking care of the cow is our job. The answer to taking care of the cow is neither short nor simple.