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  • Diseases caused by ticks can be extremely costly. (Progressive Farmer photo by Victoria G. Myers)

    Ask the Vet

    Question: We noticed some cows and calves with droopy ears and got them up. They had lots of ticks inside their ears. We have used ear tags for years and never had a problem until this season.

  • DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was lower on average at $133 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DTN Distillers Grain Weekly Update

    The DTN domestic distillers dried grains average price was slightly lower at $133 per ton for the week ended Oct. 4.

  • Canadian beef was among the winners in the new trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada, as the USMCA helped secure duty-free access for the Canadian beef cattle sector. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)

    Trade Deal's Wins, Losses

    Canadian views of the USMCA trade deal are as varied as weather across Canada, with a mixture of accolades and concerns. The majority of Canada's ag industry appears happy with the deal, according to commodity groups. Here are just a few of the...

  • Ringworm spores can live in the environment for years.(Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)

    Ask the Vet

    QUESTION: I have a problem with ringworm in my feeder calves when I wean them in the fall. They are fine until I wean them, so I think they are being exposed to ringworm in the corrals and barns.

  • DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was higher on average at $134 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DTN DDG Weekly Update

    The DTN domestic dried distillers grains average price was slightly higher at $134 per ton for the week ended Sept. 27.

  • High quality colostrum replacers will help guarantee a calf's immune system is working at peak level. (Progressive Farmer photo by Boyd Kidwell)

    Ask the Vet

    If there's any doubt as to whether a calf is getting its share of colostrum, a replacer is a good investment.

  • USDA released its Sept. 1 Cattle on Feed report on Friday. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo by Jim Patrico)

    Cattle on Feed Report Summary

    Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.1 million head on September 1, 2018, USDA reported Friday.

  • Even with huge strides in genomics, real-world performance still counts. (Progressive Farmer photo by Karl Wolfshohl)

    The Real World

    It may be tempting to select a bull based on how aspects look on paper but seeing those aspects in person is still important.

  • A healthy calf is mostly Mother Nature, but when things start to go wrong, early intervention can be crucial. (Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)

    Ask the Vet

    Question: Do you have any guidelines for recognizing when a cow in labor needs help? I think sometimes we jump the gun and have gotten cows up when we did not need to. I know we have waited too long on a few occasions, too, and ended up with weak...

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was lower at $132 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DTN DDG Weekly Update

    The DTN domestic dried distillers grains average price was lower at $132 per ton for the week ended Sept. 13.

  • Some states are passing labeling laws in hopes of creating an environment where manufacturers of fake meat products are less likely to try to mislead consumers. (Progressive Farmer photo by Sam Wirzba)

    Fake Meat Fight

    Fake meats are moving in on livestock producers' turf. Will they steal market share or fill a growing protein gap?

  • A change in on-farm deworming practices may not only prevent resistance, but reverse it.(Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)

    Challenge The Norm

    Dewormer resistance came as no surprise to parasitologists, Ray Kaplan says, but it did shatter some long-held illusions in the beef industry. "This was a problem in sheep long before it became a problem in cattle," says the professor of...

  • Some minerals are simply more palatable than others. If consumption is an issue, consider changing to a different formulation. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Dan Miller)

    Ask the Vet

    Consumption levels of minerals will vary, but there are ways to improve consistency.

  • Proposed rules on Section 199A offer farmers a way to maximize tax deductions while avoiding some self-employment tax. But for non-operating landowners, there are important factors to consider. (Progressive Farmer photo by Tom Gralish)

    Taxlink

    The IRS' guidance on Section 199A allows farming operations to aggregate land and operating business income, maximizing tax deductions while avoiding some self-employment tax. But for non-operating landlords, there are important factors to consider.

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was steady on average at $134 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DTN DDG Weekly Update

    The DTN domestic dried distillers grains prices were unchanged on average this past week at $134 per ton for the week-ended Sept. 6.

  • Large crops and carryover levels will put livestock producers in a positive position for commodity-based feeds. (Progressive Farmer photo by Boyd Kidwell)

    Supplements and Feed

    For most cattle producers, hay is the go-to feed during those long winter months. This year, however, many commodity-based feed ingredients may seem like a bargain compared to those big, round bales.