Pick Your PVP

Nov. 21, 5:59 PM

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

Oct. 23, 9:13 AM

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

Oct. 23, 9:07 AM
- 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

Sep. 13, 3:08 PM

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

Jun. 16, 2:10 PM
 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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 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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Tapeworm Travels

May. 23, 6:25 AM

By Meridee Wells

For cattle producers across the country the winter of 2010-2011 is a brutal reminder of what Mother Nature can dish out. Her icy fingers reached as far south as
Texas this year, blasting cattlemen with record snowfalls and low temperatures. However, as spring draws near bringing warmer temperatures, the threat of flooding may be the next battle with the forces of Mother Nature, and for coastal cattlemen hurricane season is drawing

"Because the contaminated pasture land could potentially house tapeworm eggs found in the human wastewater that flooded over the grazing land in sewage, cattle ingest the tapeworm eggs."

While ranchers are generally prepared to deal with the diversity of the environment, there are other forces working against them, stealing their cattle’s health, creating poor gains and generally wrecking havoc on the profitability of their operations.  Silent but lethal, we all know that internal parasites can and do cost beef producers millions in losses. 

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Spring For It

Apr. 20, 1:38 PM

Winter's gone and your breeding herd needs a mineral program to recover

by Gilda V. Bryant

Photos by Brad Cameron

Now’s the time to develop a spring mineral program for your operation to help boost cow/calf health, productivity, and your bottom line.  Kent Tjardes, PhD, Field Cattle Consultant with Land O’ Lakes Purina, says, “Cows go through cold and calving stress.  In spring they’re starting to lactate, with high demands on macro minerals (those needed in large amounts) necessary for lactation, getting the reproductive tract ready to rebreed, and for immune function.”

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e National Institute for Animal Agriculture – working with us to make things better

bTim O'Byrne

 Ever since it began, ranching in America has been comprised of entrepreneurs and visionaries that put several factors together (available grasslands, water, cattle, and the hungry population of an expanding country) to create a proud, self-sustaining industry.  Due to the fact that the ranchers have always been scattered out, vulnerable not just to the weather but to the politics and economic forces beyond their control, they’ve learned to band together early on, to organize and share information, representation and momentum.  If they didn’t, the whole infrastructure would have imploded long ago, and the only beef we’d see today would likely be from backyard oxen.

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Wind Up in Winnemucca

Apr. 20, 1:03 PM

 Western States Ranch Rodeo Association holds its first National Finals 

by Corinne Brown

Photos by Mary Williams Hyde

Around December of 2009, WR caught up with a man on a mission. Marc Page of California owns Hot Creek Productions LLC.  He dreamed of creating a ranch rodeo association for not only full-time cowboys, but also the many part-time cowboys in the Western states who loved to rope and ride as much as their full-time counterparts. You could say ranch rodeo began with cowboys from different ranches competing for bragging rights, after all, and not much has changed.
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