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.
Nov. 21, 5:59 PM
Process Verified Program, that is
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.
Oct. 23, 9:07 AM
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.
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.Read More…
Sep. 13, 2:47 PM
with this custom-built Safety Training Trailer
By Gordon Moore
Photo Courtesy of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association
This is a great idea; a fully-equipped Safety Training
Trailer that you can take direct to the feedyard crew.
It was just about time to take a break and get a well-deserved cup of coffee. Two pen riders rode by a third, a young man who was hurrying to catch up with his friends. But first, he had one more pull to get down the alley before he could fill a cup. He called to them that he would join them in about 10 minutes. After several minutes of the young man not showing, the two riders remounted and began looking for him. They found him at the end of the alley where they had last seen him. He was lying on the ground … seriously injured.
Jun. 16, 2:10 PM
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.
Jun. 16, 1:57 PM
by Corinne J. Brown
photo by Dennis McIntire
In these tough times, plenty of folks will go out of their way for some solid entertainment, especially when it involves team roping, great riding, top horses and plenty of fun. Sounds like ranch rodeo, right? How about Women’s Ranch Rodeo, possibly the fastest growing sport in the mid-Western states in the last decade.
“It’s just gone crazy,” says Billie Franks, one of the founders of the Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association (WRRA), and an experienced competitor herself. “Different parts of the country have different demographics, and here in the tall grass country we have lots of cowgirls who know what they’re doing and can excel at this sport as well as anyone. They’ve really come out.”
Jun. 16, 1:42 PM
by Rick Iannucci
When the Working Ranch-sponsored bronc riding gate cracked open at the 2011 All Around Ranch Rodeo Challenge in Clovis, New Mexico, Cajun cowboy Ethan Lee was making the difficult thing look easy. Eight seconds into that ride, though, his luck got a bit slim. As he was defying gravity his leggin’s wrapped around his saddle horn, flipping him catawumpus on the bronc’s mounting side, putting him in need of a little help. Within micro-seconds, cowboys from the final eight competing teams bailed off horses and jumped over gates in a human swarm of safety for both Ethan and the bronc. That’s the cowboy way!
May. 23, 6:40 AM
by Dr. Arn Anderson, DVM
With all this snow in
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.
With all this snow in
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
"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.