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October 20, 2014
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2015 CATTLE INDUSTRY CONVENTION AND NCBA TRADE SHOW REGISTRATION IS OPEN

Registration for the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show is underway. The 117th Annual Convention will be held in San Antonio, Texas, February 4-7. Advanced registration is open until Jan 10. Participants will learn about industry trends and network with other producers. To register for the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, visit www.beefusa.org or email meetings@beef.org.
LOCAL OKLAHOMA RANCH TO HOST GATHERING

The 74-51 Cattle Company near Marshall, will host an Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Fall Gathering on November 10. The event will begin at 6:30 at the ranch headquarters and will include a meal, tips on how to enhance production practices and the opportunity for fellowship. All attendees will earn chances to win a New Holland tractor or round baler. The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association represents more than 5,500 Oklahoma ranching families. For additional information call 405-235-4391 or go to www.okcattlemen.org.
PURINA MILLS’ SCHOLARSHIP OFFERED

November 10 is the deadline to apply for the annual scholarship awarded by Purina Mills and the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association’s (NMCGA’s) Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee. The $1000 and two $500 scholarships will be awarded to New Mexico students who are members of the NMCGA or the child of a NMCGA member. Graduating high school seniors and college students in good academic standing are eligible to apply. For more information, email nmcga@nmagriculture.org.
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April 24, 2014
ARTICLES
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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