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Cattle Shrink When They’re Stressed

By   /  August 22, 2016  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Cattle Shrink When They’re Stressed

If you’ve done everything right up to now to raise fat cattle, be sure what you do when you’re handling and transporting them doesn’t undo all your hard work.

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Skinny Cows? Use Body Condition Scoring to Adjust Your Management

By   /  August 15, 2016  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Skinny Cows? Use Body Condition Scoring to Adjust Your Management

Skinny cows may look better in bikinis, but in the beef business that’s not really how we measure success. Economic losses from thin cows can be substantial.  As the graph below shows, the thinner the cow, the less likely she is to become pregnant.  While weaning weight may not always be a good measure of […]

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Will Cloned Cattle Give Us What We’re Looking For?

By   /  July 25, 2016  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  6 Comments

If you followed the three part pictorial history of cattle size and type by Dr. Harlan Ritchie (see Part 1 here), you may have wondered, “What’s next for the Industry?” If it’s meat quality you’re looking for, a group of scientists think their cloned cattle may be the answer. Here it is in a Press […]

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From Big to Small to Big to Small: Part 3 of A Pictorial History of Cattle Over the Years

By   /  July 18, 2016  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on From Big to Small to Big to Small: Part 3 of A Pictorial History of Cattle Over the Years

Just like cattlemen couldn’t seem to stop making animals smaller and smaller, now they couldn’t seem to stop heading the other direction either. Here’s what happened in the last half of the twentieth century.

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From Big to Small to Big to Small: Part 2 of A Pictorial History of Cattle Changes Over the Years

By   /  July 11, 2016  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  8 Comments

How did we get to the cattle we have today? Where should we go from here? These are some of the questions Dr. Harlan Ritchie worked to provide answers to in his long and distinguished career at Michigan State University. In Part 1 he looked at the change from the era of large cattle that […]

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