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American Cattlemen March 2024

This Issue Brings You:

  • Choosing Modified-Live or Killed Vaccines for Calves
  • What do Stocker and Cow-calf Producers think of Virtual Fencing
  • Anatomy of Sale Hosting
  • Introducing Arrowlock – An All-New Era in Cattle Handling is Here

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Utilizing Drones for Ranching Operations

 By Jameson Brennan, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Livestock Grazing Specialist. Additional Author: Krista Ehlert. Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones or UAVs) have been used widely for precision agriculture within cropping systems. More recently, livestock producers have been interested in utilizing drones as a tool for monitoring grasslands, checking cattle, inspecting fences, and monitoring water sources. […]

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Steering Profits

Article and photos courtesy of Rice Lake Weighing Systems. Many moons ago, between Yellowstone National Park and the great Rocky Mountains, the Yellowstone river carved out a canyon for Billings, Montana. At just over 150,000 people, Billings is the largest city in big sky country, where blue jeans and belt buckles meet big-city business, and […]

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Management and Challenges of Solar-Powered Electric Fencing

 By Jaclyn Krymowski. Electric fencing may be one of the biggest innovations in livestock handling since barbed wire. With better reliability, affordability and, thanks to enhanced solar batteries, more effective range and mobility, we are living in a global era of portable and permanent fencing. Beyond keeping animals in, electric fencing has also offered a […]

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Calf Vaccinations

 By Heather Smith Thomas. Newborn calves gain temporary (passive) immunity from diseases when they ingest colostrum, since this “first milk” contains maternal antibodies.  After a few weeks or months this temporary protection wanes, however, and calves must build their own immunities.  Vaccinating calves at the proper time in their young lives can help protect them […]

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Featured Story

Maximize Profitability with Wagyu

Beef Cattle producers are feeling more optimistic. With an El Nino winter forecasted, cattle producers are anticipating a reprieve from multi-year drought conditions. For consecutive years the beef cattle herd has been in decline due to environmental conditions. A March 2023 USDA report shows that since 2022, there has been a 4% decrease in beef cows, 6% decrease in replacement heifers, and 5% decrease in heifers expected to calve this year. According to another published USDA article, the latest cattle inventory peaked in 2019 at 94.8 million and has since plummeted 6% to 89.3 million this year. The rapid decline in beef cattle inventory over the past four years was driven by drought conditions; however Northern states experienced above average rainfall during the 2023 spring and summer months and in the coming months NOAA predicts a wetter-than-average winter in the southeastern United States, allowing calf producers in recovering areas to consider opportunities to rebuild their herd.

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