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January 28, 2015
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USDA LIVESTOCK DISASTER ASSISTANCE DEADLINE IS JANUARY 30

Livestock producers have until January 30 to request assistance under the Livestock Disaster Assistance Program for losses sustained between October 1, 2011 and December 31, 2014. To date, more than 556,000 applications have been approved. To expedite applications, all producers who have had losses are encouraged to collect records, such as stock birth records, purchase and transportation receipts or documents listing gallons of water transported to cattle during drought. For more information, visit www.disaster.fsa.usda.gov.
MONTANA STOCKGROWERS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR YOUNG CATTLEMEN’S CONFERENCE

The Montana Stockgrowers Association’s Research and Education Endowment Foundation will send one Montana delegate on this year’s Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC), held May 27-June 5, 2015. The YCC is an opportunity for men and women between the ages of 25 and 50 to visit segments of the beef industry in other parts of the U.S. Sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), participants will travel to Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Applications due March 1 are available at www.mtbeef.org.
NEW CORN FACT SHEETS AVAILABLE

Distillers grains can vary widely in moisture and nutrients. Iowa Beef Center Director Dan Loy says it’s important for producers to understand what is available and how best to use them. The Iowa Beef Center has developed six new fact sheets on changes in coproducts and subsequent effects on nutritional and economic value for beef cattle. Visit http://store.extension.iastate.edu/Product/IBCR200A to download free fact sheets.
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Pick Your PVP

Process Verified Program, that is

- by Merridee Wells

- Photo by Sage Pool


Process Verified Programs, or PVP’s as they are commonly called, are another of the many new-fangled phrases which are becoming commonplace in our cattle industry today. Breed associations draw them like a gun while marketing programs dazzle you with their PVP requirements and the auction companies brag on their value-added benefits.


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Prep For the Cold

Make sure your cows are nutritionally ready


- by Gilda V. Bryant

- photo by Lucie Wiese



























Minerals are important for herd health, reproduction and efficiency during winter.  However, that is only part of the picture.  Extra protein and energy are vital during cold, wet weather.  Producers should also be aware of forage and by-product supplementation quality, as well as body condition scores. 



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An Ounce of Prevention
- by Dr. Arn Anderson, DVM





















A drive through the unloading pen with seven-foot tall pipe fence, double gates with two latches and two chains, a trained technician and a seven-foot perimeter fence; this litany of security measures clicked off in my brain as I ran toward my truck instinctively yelling “loose bull!”.  Only moments before, 747, a dog-gentle 2200 lb, five year-old Limousin bull, had calmly walked off the trailer and into the large animal hospital.  He had come for an exam to determine the cause of his lethargy and malaise. 



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Battle the Bad Bacteria

Your secret weapon? Ionophores

by Melissa Albertson

photo by Malloree Barnes

As you consider all the different products available to help increase the performance for your herd, you can’t ignore the proven benefits of feeding ionophores: improved feed utilization, increased gain, prevention and control of coccidiosis, and cost effectiveness. Even so, while ionophore use is extremely common in feedlot finishing diets, they still are an underutilized product in grazing operations.


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The Sky’s the Limit
 Controlling High Altitude Sickness

by Merridee Wells

Photo by Tayler Teichert


For all you flatlanders who have taken a vacation to the mountains, if you felt drowsy, lethargic or had shortness of breath, you may have experienced some of the same symptoms that cattle do when they graze in elevations above 5,000 feet.  The bovine condition, known among ranchers as high altitude sickness or brisket disease, can eventually lead to congestive heart failure in affected animals. 


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A Bigger Hammer - Ask and Ye Shall Receive
 
 by Dr. Arn Anderson, DVM

 

With all this snow in North Texas it’s difficult to realize that spring calving season is here.  In our cow-calf herds this can be a labor intensive time, particularly with first-calf heifers.  The secret to a successful season involves planning. 

Sam had followed all the rules.  He had bred his heifers early to a low birthweight bull and fed them well.  Sam had the cattle calving within easy reach of a good set of pens with a wind break and a covered working chute.  He had access to water, electricity and lights.  In the shed was a tool box with all the equipment he would need to deliver and, if needed, revive a calf.  Sam had also attended a couple of extension service classes on when to call his vet.  He was confident in his experience and skill. 


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