WORKING RANCH MAGAZINE Subscribe or renew now! READ NOW ONLINE
WORKING RANCH MAGAZINE

Monthly Newsletter!
Just enter your email address:



View our Archive
Email Marketing by Constant Contact®

One Question Survey
Did you vaccinate against calf scours for this season?
You betcha, always do.
Nope, never have.
Thinkin' about it ....
July 31, 2014
LATEST NEWS
TSCRA SUPPORTS THE RED RIVER PRIVATE PROPERTY PROTECTION ACT

On Tuesday, July 29, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) announced their support of H.R. 4979, the Red River Private Property Protection Act. The legislation provides legal certainty for landowners along the Red River, saving landowners legal expenses regarding property they have owned for years. TSCRA opposes any federal control or management of land on the Texas side of the Red River and is concerned that such control will take away the long held and legally established private property rights of Texas landowners.
SOUTH DAKOTA REMAINS KEY PLAYER IN NATION’S CATTLE INDUSTRY

South Dakota cattlemen and cattle feeders continue to keep their stake among national leaders in beef production despite the challenges presented by the 2012 drought, Storm Atlas and rising feed and land costs. With a calf crop inventory of 1.69 million head as of January 1, 2013, South Dakota ranked fourth among the nation’s leading cattle states. For more facts and information about the nation’s ag production network, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.
CATTLE FEEDERS SEMINAR AUGUST 11

Iowa Beef Center (IBC) at Iowa State University is helping sponsor a Cattle Feeders Summer Seminar on August 11. The program focus is on marketing opportunities and management to optimize cattle performance and profitability. The seminar will be at the Jones County Extension Expo Hall in Monticello, concluding with an on-farm demonstration. It will include animal care updates and animal-handling techniques. To preregister call 319-472-4739 or email dschwab@iastate.edu.
WORKING RANCH BLOGOSPHERE
Leann Martin Plan D
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.


Read More...
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. 



Read More...
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. 



Read More...
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.


Read More...
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. 


Read More...
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. 


Read More...
Search
Bayer 2014 May Rocky 2014 AQHA 90,000 FLIR Feb 2014 A Vermeer ignition 2014
TOP HOME SUBSCRIBE/RENEW NEWS BLOGS ARTICLES SEEDSTOCK SALES HORSE SALES CONTACT MEDIA KIT