Even with high feed and calf prices, David Lalman, extension beef specialist at Oklahoma State University points out the current value of gain offers plenty of stocker and backgrounding opportunity. One way to enhance the opportunity is by keeping an eye on nutritional basics like feeding adequate protein and an ionophore.

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Oct 14, 2013
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BVD Management for Stockers and Feeders

The prevalence of Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) has remained constant over time, despite ongoing vaccinations to control the virus. What has changed is prevalence of the BVD strains responsible for infection. Strain 1a, which used to be the most prevalent found in BVD infections, has declined steadily for two decades. During the same period of time, the prevalence of BVD infections with strain 1b has increased 50%, according to Brad Williams, DVM, MBA at Elanco Animal Health....More
Oct 14, 2013
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Why BVD Matters To Stocker Operators & Cattle Feeders 1

Losses from Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD)—considered by many to be the mostly costly virus in cattle--begin with abortions and late pregnancies in the cow-calf herd. BVD also impairs immune function, meaning the virus extends its economic thievery to feedlots and stocker pastures....More
Sep 25, 2013
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Increase Forage Value Continues To Offer More Stocker Opportunity

The higher stocker value of gain opens up more opportunity in terms of the range of beginning weights, length of ownership, range of market weights and stocker programs utilized....More
Sep 25, 2013
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Leveraging Gross Margin With Cost-Effective Gain

As much as calf and feeder prices have changed the last several years, Stan Bevers, extension agricultural economist with Texas AgriLife, explains the gross margin remains fairly static. How that margin is utilized to get more gain from cattle remains the choice each producer makes....More
Sep 25, 2013
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Increased Stocker Value Of Gain Puts More Emphasis On Cattle Performance

Derrell Peel, extension livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, points out increased stocker value of gain places more value potential on cattle performance....More
Feb 25, 2013
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Web-Based Veterinary Feed Directives Tool Available For Use With Pulmotil® (tilmicosin) In Cattle

Now veterinarians can issue Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD) electronically.
Nov 12, 2012
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For Haskell Feeders, Animal Husbandry Pays

Slower is faster at Haskell Feeders. Understanding cattle behavior and utlilizing low-stress handling cattle stay healthier and respond quicker when they are treated....More

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