Vaccination Protocols

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Cattle producers in the Ozarks went through a period of time where subscribing to pre-weaning vaccination protocols were valued, notably because of how highly they were rewarded at the sale barn. Everyone jumped on board to add value to the calf crop, and, it was a good opportunity – the markets responded, and higher prices were paid for calves that had some guarantee to not get sick once they hit the feedlot. But, as time wore on, some producers became disappointed in the prices they were receiving for preconditioned calves. As Eldon Cole, University of Missouri Livestock Extension Specialist, put it, “They didn’t see those vaccinated calves bringing a great deal more than cost of the vaccines, time and labor. People got disillusioned, and in the mean time we’ve seen cattle bringing higher prices whether they’re vaccinated or not.” And this is a problem.

BEEF It Up!

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Beef cattle are a common sight in the Ozarks. It’s nearly impossible to drive through any rural community without seeing at least a few stocky beef cows grazing alongside the road. Missouri ranks third in the nation for beef cattle production with 4.25 million head of cattle on 59,000 operations, according to the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Lookout for Grass Tetany

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Early spring is the season for grass tetany, and ranchers need to be aware of its causes and symptoms, and ways to prevent it.

Show Quality Hair

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While it may not directly garner points from the judges, animal hair quality can help make a good impression in the show ring.

Advantages of Mini Trucks

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Arguably, one of the least enjoyable aspects of raising livestock is caring for them in inclement weather. In the Ozarks, it seems like we are constantly battling mud, snow, or rain, or else, it is 100 degrees and dusty.

About the Association

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There are many reasons to consider involvement in your preferred breed's breed association. And, if active in your breed association, there is even further reasoning to be an active participant in record keeping and EPD recording programs.

Tailoring Your Grazing System

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“I wish I would have done this years ago,” was one of the many positive comments overheard recently at the Regional Intensive Grazing School hosted by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the University of Missouri Extension Office, and the Webster County Soil and Water Conservation District in Marshfield, Mo.

Dead Animal Disposal

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With the December 2008 closing of the Halfway Packing Company, in Halfway, Mo., many livestock producers were left with the realization, there's no 'dead wagon' to come by anymore. This was reiterated in a recent Springfield News-Leader front page article, complete with glamorous dead cow photo. It is important for livestock producers to understand their new responsibility in keeping with regulations on dead animal disposal, especially with the public eye turned in the producer's direction.

Are You Ready for Winter?

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Producers are encouraged to have a plan Every season on the farm brings its own set of management challenges. Now is the time for producers...
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