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  • Teat and udder quality among cows is one of the top four reasons to cull them from the herd. (photo by StockPhoto Agriculture Volume 19)

    Ask the Vet

    Difficulty in getting calves to nurse is a common reason to cull cattle.

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was up $1, at $96 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DDG Weekly Update

    DDG prices were mixed this week, with strength seen in demand from the parts of the Eastern Corn Belt where runtimes have slowed.

  • Calves in the Integrity Beef Alliance average 775 pounds at 10-months-of-age, giving cow-calf producers additional pounds to sell and feedlots an edge in conversion, health and overall profitability.(Photo courtesy Noble Foundation)

    Alliance Cattle

    As calf prices tighten, value-added programs continue to gain in popularity. Now in its 16th year, the Integrity Beef Alliance is proving that meeting a series of best management practice protocols can yield significant increases in weaning and yearling...

  • Bill Pinchak said researchers at Texas A&M are fine-tuning an early warning system that spots cases of Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) and other illnesses in groups of cattle. The system can identify a sick animal 2 to 4 days ahead of traditional visual appraisal methods.

    High Tech Predictors

    With more than six years of research and collaboration behind them, Bill Pinchak and Gordon Carstens, have defined a system that relies on cattle behavior to spot cases of Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) before pen riders or animal health providers...

  • Black cattle, with a reddish brown tint to their hair, may be low in copper. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Boyd Kidwell)

    Ask the Vet

    Question: For 37 years I have run 25 to 40 cows, mostly black Brangus. I've fed minerals off and on in the past, but last year I stopped using them altogether. After a few months, I noticed the hair along the cows' backs had a reddish brown tint.

  • U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue holds up a t-shirt from "Practical Farmers of Iowa," touting cover crops in the state. Perdue got a good laugh out of it during his trip to a feedyard near Nevada, Iowa, on Friday. (Photo by Chris Clayton)

    Perdue Offers Sunny Outlook

    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue spoke to major Iowa farm leaders Friday morning about his goals at USDA, the importance of biofuels and his plans to play a major role in trade issues, such as getting United States beef back into China.

  • A revision of the waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule has been sent to the White House for review. (Photo by Chris Clayton)

    WOTUS Repeal Moves

    A rewrite of the waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget for review.

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was unchanged at $95 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DDG Weekly Update

    DDG prices were mixed this week with end-user demand slow. Barge offers rose, as the flooding in St. Louis and on the Illinois River disrupted barge movement for at least the rest of this week.

  • Sandi Turecek (left) and her daughter-in-law, Page, tend to a portion of Stacked Lazy 3 Ranch's 500-head cow/calf herd. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Robert Lagerstrom)

    Legacy Ranch

    Water is something that is always on the mind of farmers and ranchers, and is something necessary to keep a property in good enough shape to pass it down.

  • The owner's manual doesn't always have the answers. Sometimes, it's just plain old good experience that fixes a baler problem. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Prep and Repair

    Balers are a common sight on farms, and they are a common maintenance problem. Preparation of both the baler and the hay is necessary.

  • Founder, or an infection in the claw, can resemble a case of corkscrew claw. If concerned, a complete exam is in order, as corkscrew claw is a condition that can be passed down into the herd.(DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Mark Parker)

    Ask the Vet

    Some conditions don't crop up for years, but are genetic so they could be passed on to many offspring, so check early.

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was unchanged, at $95 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DDG Weekly Update

    DDG prices have been firm with some locations posting better bids based on slightly tighter availability. Ethanol production remains below the million gallons a week growth we saw in prior weeks, as plants take spring maintenance downtimes.

  • Beef retail prices levels hit a record in 2015; declines that began in 2016 are expected to continue through the first half of 2017.(Photo from Getty Images)

    Beef Consumption Climbs

    It's important to see beef demand in the context of the economy as a whole. As the stock market climbs, it builds in a kind of optimism that sometimes seems to defy reality.

  • Breakevens for feedlots have corrected themselves, setting the table for significant profit potential.(DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Chris Clayton)

    Economic Recovery

    The feedlot business has finally emerged from a multibillion-dollar equity drain. More importantly, it now seems set to generally enjoy a prolonged period of economic recovery.

  • Tetanus vaccine should ideally be given and boosted a few weeks ahead of banding. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Dan Miller)

    Ask the Vet

    You and your veterinarian together can make the best decisions on vaccines for your operation.

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was up $1, at $95 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DDG Weekly Update

    DDG prices were slightly higher than average due to recent plant maintenance.

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