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Trailboss Yellow Repo Sired by George Trailboss Daughter


Daughter produced the $76,000 Dakota Gold Grand Champion Steer

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Joe Dirt Purple “JoE DIRT” 58A ET (P43416538) 2014 Denver visitors from everywhere marveled at his all-around quality. Already a champion at Louisville, Denver, and Ft. Worth. Semen orders have come from all aspects of the cattle business. order early!

Purple “RuEbEn JAmES” 40A ET (43406996) True calving ease with power and look. Reuben was reserve calf champion in Denver and Fort Worth. His dam was a Denver, Fort Worth, and KC champion, and his granddam won the 2008 Jr. national. Power and predictability built in.

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Purple mb “WomAnIzER” 14u ET (P42945146) Sired as many champions and high sellers in the last two years as any! Dam has produced well over a half million in progeny, including 5 different maternal sisters to win divisions at nationals this Fall and Winter alone. Do-everything sire!


Purple “KIngSLEy” 23x ET (P43125713) Stout powerful outcross. This maternal sib to the popular AI sire, Currency, is quickly making a name. His first calf crop included the Fort Worth grand female, as well as reserve grand female in the Denver open and junior shows.

Kingsley Purple “CHACHI” 65z ET (P43320012) The best son of the deceased, Currency. Awesome heifer bull. His first calves are coming easy with lots of vigor and extra arrogance. Everything we hoped for and more!


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27th, Monday, October Stout and Powerful Major Selling 100 cing Sires Club Calf Produ or

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EDITORIAL Limit-Feeding Cows & Fetal Programming ...............................................................44-45 View From A Vet: Preparations For The Breeding Season .....................................46-49 What Could You Be Doing Better .................................................................................... 51 Thoughts On Leadership ............................................................................................ 52-53 Biosecurity For Beef Cattle Operations.....................................................................54-56 Reducing The Risk Of Calf Scours In Fall-Calving Herds............................................ 60 Advertising Index ................................................................................................................82

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My Kind



OCC Machinist 734M X Meyer Ranch 734 X 950 Daughter 1/4 Simmental 3/4 Angus | ASA Reg #2799904

My Kind is a calving ease sire who we have bred the majority of our first calf heifers to. You do not have to sacrifice phenotype or muscle with this moderate framed, big

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bodied bull who is great on his feet and legs. His daughters that we have in production are moderate, big bodied, good looking cattle, who are very sound with great udder quality. The look that this bull offers is a great foundation to fit a variety of targets in

Frederick, Oklahoma

the cattle industry.

(580) 305-5600 Colby’s cell Colby, Shellie, Cierra & Claire Collins P.O. Box 157, Frederick, OK 75342 • Fax: 580-335-5342


C.A. & Judy Collins (580) 305-1849 • Brelan Brookshire (580) 770-1154


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A A A # + 16 8 0 5 8 8 4 S I R E : S A V Brilliance 8077 • D A M : PVF Missie 790 BW: +0.8; WW: +59; YW: 115; MM: +28 Semen available through Genex. Insight is the PVF and Express herdsire who is siring tremendous mass and dimension in an eye appealing, low birth weight package. His calves have been favorites at shows and sales but his genetic tabulation has proven him a sire to be utilized in the commercial sector as well. Insight has produced numerous sale favorites including most recently, $72,000, $60,000 and $52,000 sale features at Express Ranches. P V F


A A A # + 16 416 6 8 S I R E : PVF ALL Payday 729 D A M : Dameron PVF Proven Queen 010 BW: +4.2; WW: +51; YW: +94; MM: +22 Proving to be a true sire of champions Windfall’s limited first calf crop produced the Reserve Grand female at the 2013 NWSS and his second calf crop has resulted in numerous sale toppers and champions including PVF Hazel 2022 the many time champion for Austin Nowatske. Semen available through Cattle Visions. P V F


SCC 9005

A A A # + 16 7 9 8 3 3 0 S I R E : S A V Brilliance 8077 D A M : PVF Missie 790 BW: +2.2; WW: +43 YW: +87; MM: +31 A true calving ease specialist, Radiance was used successfully on Angus and Crossbred heifers and sired extra style and balance. A flush brother to Insight whose dam has produced a number of champions and sale toppers for PVF And Four Corners Farms. Semen $20 available through PVF.

Gridley, Illinois

ALAN & THERESA MILLER: 217.840.6935


ORLAN & CAROL A A A # 1 7 6 15 8 0 0 S I R E : PVF Insight 0129 D A M : Thomas Lucy 7360 BW: +1.9; WW: +55 YW: +101; MM: +31 Visionary is the popular leadoff bull of our 2014 NWSS Pen and our 2014 Spring Production Sale. Visionary is sired by Insight and from the foundation Lucy donor, who has produced numerous champions and sale toppers including the Reserve Grand Female of the 2013 NWSS. We look to Visionary to continue the legacy of his sire, producing massive built, low birth weight, maternal oriented daughters with tremendous style and balance. His donor dam is rapidly becoming one of the greatest producers in the history of our program. Semen $20 available through PVF.

BRANDON & CATHY JONES: 309.370.1081 Clayton Miller: 765.481.5496 Brett Kneeskern: 419.618.8992

P V F 3082

A A A # 1 7 6 2 8 3 7 7 S I R E : C&C Priority 1428B EXAR • D A M : PVF Ellen 9100 • BW: +4.4; WW: +54 YW: +94; MM: +23 Authority was admired by many at the NWSS for his incredible stoutness and power. Sired by the Express and PVF herdsire Priority, who in turn is a son of Dameron First Class, we will look to Authority to add the power and stoutness that his pedigree suggests. Authority’s dam was herself a many time champion including Reserve Grand at the NAILE. Authority was a standout amongst his contemporaries with uncommon power and dimension in a balanced package. Semen $20 available through PVF.



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sires that solve the

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Champions and high sellers

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sire: 3c macho mgs: northern improvement asa: #2479227 semen: $25/unit, sexed semen available Polled/Scurred • HomozygouS Black

sire: juneau mgs: hoff first edition aaa: #17638266 semen: $25/unit, $30/certificate

sire: northern improvement mgS: 9FB3 FullBack aaa: #13892119 semen: $25/unit, $30/certificate

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Silveiras Style (Angus)

Gamble’s Safe Bet (Angus)


Bush’s Unbelievable (Angus)

GQ ( Angus)

Titan (Angus)


MCATL By Product (Angus)


NBAR Hamley (Red Angus) Card Shark (Red Angus)

Fire Water (Charolais)


H Excel (Hereford)


Cash Flow (Hereford)


Damn Proud (Shorthorn)

PVF Windfall (Angus)



TH Victor 43Y (Hereford)


Deception (SH)

Purple Womanizer (Hereford)


True Grit (Hereford)


Captain Obvious (Shorthorn) SULL Payday (Shorthorn) FSF Starburst (Shorthorn)



Summit (3/4Maine)

Live Action (Maine)

NAGE Ante Up (Maine)

GVC Suh (Maine)


Hard Whiskey (Maine)

The Ringer (%Maine)


Jose Ali/I-80 Outcross (Maine)


GCC Unwound (%Maine)

Daddy’s Money (3/4 Maine)

Comfort Zone (Maine)


Believe In Me (Club Calf) Man Among Boys (Club Calf)

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Solid Gold (Club Calf)

Ground Pounder (Club Calf)

Mojito (Club Calf)


Daddy Of ‘Em All (12.6% Chi) CARD The Situation (12.6% Chi) Total Improvement (13% Chi)


Who’s Destiny (21% Chi)

I-67 (50% Maine 10%Chi)


Smilin Bob (ClubCalf)

I Believe (ClubCalf)

Dakota Gold (ClubCalf)


Gold Dust (ClubCalf)


2 Tone (ClubCalf)

Eye Candy (ClubCalf)

Smokin’ Bob (ClubCalf)

Amen (ClubCalf)

Shelby (ClubCalf)


Afterhours (ClubCalf)



Yellow Jacket (ClubCalf) Monopoly Money (Club Calf)

Sugar Rush (ClubCalf)

No Worries (ClubCalf)


Master of Puppets (ClubCalf) Unstoppable (ClubCalf)

Tiger Woods (ClubCalf)

Yellowstone (ClubCalf)


Rodger That (ClubCalf)

I Da Man (ClubCalf) 2012 & 2013



Copyright (Angus+)

Choppin Wood (Club Calf) Maternal Perfection (Club Calf)

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Walk This Way (Club Calf)

Salty Dog (Club Calf)

Doctor Who (Club Calf)

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Unbelievable Daughters > at Bush, SD

Unbelievable is an incredibly designed calving ease prospect that owns unique neck extension, unquestioned structural soundness, extra special belly depth, and super muscle shape for an Angus bull. Unbelievable is sired by the wildly popular Bismarck bull, yet offers extra depth and hair, no doubt due to his maternally stacked pedigree which consists of a double shot of legendary Flashback laced with VRD and TC Dividend. We envision Unbelievable siring extra-ordinary low birth-weight progeny utilizable in both purebred and hybrid cow herds. We can’t wait for Unbelievable progeny!

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CED -12 (top 10%) BW +0 (top 20%) WW +52 (top 35%) YW +95 (top 30%) Milk +28 (top 25%) as of January 3, 2014

Semen: $40/unit

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Reg: 16745888 • Sire: SAV Bismarck Dam: By Bushs Lit Up X Big Time X Flashback BW: 75# out of first calf heifer WW: 749 # @ 104 WR Frame: 5.75

Owners: Reserve Angus Heifer - OK Youth Expo

Bush Angus, SD; Reimann Ranch, SD; Harlan Yochum, OK; Danny Fawcett, SD

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Top Selling bull in 2014 APEX Cattle spring sale! Great Haired, Super Sound, Attractive Fronted and Wide Based with Extraordinary Thickness! We promise...he will challenge the best of them as a breeding bull. Use him with total confidence, dam is a phenomenal producer!!! BW: 88 lbs. - 205 WW: 778 lbs. - 365 YW: 1322 lbs. High quality semen available - $25/unit

Owners: Stull Ranch Trae & Cia Stull Fleming, CO 970-580-0007 APEX Cattle Joel & Dan Leo Dannebrog, NE 308-750-0200

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• Up N Coming is a full brother to the popular Styles Upgrade J59; purchased by ABS Global, Wagonhammer Ranch and Baldridge Bros. for $30,000, in Styles Angus 2009 sale, and is becoming one of the most popular calving ease bulls ABS has to offer. • There is some amazing cow power behind Up N Coming with his dam posting a BR of 9/90, 7/113 for IMF, and 7/106 for REA. His grand dam also had a BR 9/94. • Up N Coming has an amazing amount of thickness and depth of rib, yet still has a great phenotypical look. Not all calving ease sires can say that!

OWNERS: Greg Christo 402-920-2901 Randy Dodds 308-550-0583 Paul Groeteke 308 -380-6790 Don Beierman 402-741-1180 Ron Dozler 402-741-0149 Greg Dozler 308-750-4070

Sire: SITZ Upward 307R Dam: Plainview Lassie 71B DOB: 3.18.11 BW: 84 pounds • PB Angus • 16966013 • Semen: $25/Straw

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Sire: Vin Mar O’Reilly Factor Dam: RAR Pipette 101 (QLC Professional Mitty In Focus) AAA #: 17648784 • DOB: March 2, 2013 BW: 63 lbs. • Adj. 205: 814 lbs. • BW: -1.2 • WW: +63 • YW: +114 • Milk: +18 Very good bull for high BW clubby, first-calf heifers. Angus bull with good hair.


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ReseaRch Review:

Limit-Feeding cows and Fetal Programming Current research studies provide nutritional insight. By Kindra Gordon


s grazinglands have become less available – either due to drought or because of urbanization or conversion to cropland, producers might consider feeding cows in confinement for a period of time, suggests Karla Jenkins, a range management cow-calf specialist with the University of Nebraska at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center in Scottsbluff.

She and her colleagues have been conducting studies to learn more about limit-feeding cows in confinement. She underscores that limit-feeding means you want the animals to maintain weight, not gain weight. Particularly as the industry faces drought recovery of pastures and higher grazing costs, Jenkins says, “Producers may need to rethink their utilization of grass and think outside the box as they look at different possibilities.” She suggests confinement may become a part of a producer’s system and provide opportunities to save high-quality grass for gains. She adds, “We used to think grass was the cheapest place for gains, but that has changed.” For those who utilize limit-feeding in confinement, Jenkins says there are some key considerations. They include:


Knowing the nutrient content of feedstuffs, which can be tricky with byproducts. She encourages using TDN values produced by universities for feeding trials. Extension personnel can assist in helping develop a diet.


Understanding the nutrient requirements of cows. The cow’s needs will change depending on stage of gestation or lactation – and if she has a calf at her side the diet will need to be adjusted to account for the feed the calf consumes too.


Recognizing that byproducts don’t always have to mean ethanol. She suggests looking at other regionally available byproducts – such as beet pulp for producers in Western Nebraska. If a feedstuff is seasonally available, there might be an opportunity to bag and store it until it is needed for feed as well.

While the cow confinement studies that Jenkins is involved with are in their second year, she reports that from the first year of data they have not seen differences in performance between early weaned and late weaned pairs, between weaning weights of calves, body condition scores of cows, or pregnancy rates of cows. PRegnant cow nutRition Regarding on-going research with nutrition of pregnant cows and the impact on progeny, researcher Rick Funston reports, “We can decrease marbling before calves are born based on how we feed cows.” Funston is a researcher at the University of Nebraska (NU) Central Research and Extension Center at North Platte.

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limit-feeding means you want the animals to maintain weight, not gain weight. Funston explains that several studies are being initiated in the area of “fetal programming” – which is explained as how what the cow eats and what she endures during pregnancy impacts subsequent lifetime performance of the calf she’s carrying. Regarding his statement about research showing a decrease in a calf’s marbling before it is even born, Funston added, “These cattle were all the same genetics and we are affecting things we are selecting for. This brings home the point – it [selection] is not going to work unless it is managed for.” Fetal programming has been studied in humans, and now, the consequences

to calves from cows fed restricted diets is being researched more. Funston says data from several studies shows that restrictions to a cow’s diet during pregnancy can impact weaning weight and carcass weight of the steers, as well as fertility of heifers before they’re ever born.

3) Selection for increased milk production, which competes for nutrients with increased energy demand from fetal and placental growth; or 4) Breeding of livestock during high environmental temperatures and pregnancy occurring during periods of poor pasture conditions.

Funston says fetal programming responses can result from a negative nutrition environment which can be caused by several factors, including:

Bottomline to this on-going research is that proper management of cow nutrition during gestation can improve progeny performance and health. Interestingly, new research with mice also suggests there may be a paternal influence to fetal programming – meaning sires require proper nutrition management during development and pre-breeding as well.

1) Breeding of young dams who compete for nutrients with rapidly growing fetal systems; 2) Increased incidences of multiple fetuses or large litters;

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PreParations for the Breeding season By dr. gary Warner | elgin Veterinary hospital

The Female

The most important part of a successful breeding season is to know that you have done all you can to ensure your cows have the best opportunity to conceive. Ensuring the fertility of both the cow and the bull is tantamount to having that success. It is difficult to assess the cow short of knowing that nutrition is adequate and performing rectal palpation of the reproductive structures to ensure all is normal. The reproductive tract should have no ovarian cyst activity and the uterine horns are free of mucous retention before the start of the breeding season. If trying for an early start to your breeding season, 50% of your cows should be cycling. Normally, it takes cows approximately 45 days post-partum to develop normal uterine involution (the natural process of cleaning up the internal uterine environment so it is ready to support the next pregnancy). Vaccination against reproductive diseases that are endemic in your area should also be performed before the start of the breeding season in order to properly protect against interruption of the growth of the developing fetus. Diseases such as Leptospirosis, Trichomoniasis, IBR/BVD, and Vibriosis (also known as Campylobacterosis) are quite common across most areas of the country. The vaccines available have a long track record for providing adequate protection of the pregnancy when administered per label directions.

The Sire Side of Things

The sire is the single most important factor in the success of a breeding season, as many factors can influence the degree of success or failure within the confines of a 45 to 60 day breeding season. In many operations, cows are synchronized first and then inseminated on time or after estrus observation. In other herds,

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cows are bred strictly on observed heat and then exposed to the bull if they return to estrus. Investment of time and dollars demand that we attain good results. These results depend on quality of the frozen semen as it does on the artificial insemination technician’s expertise. In the club calf business, many calves are produced through embryo transfer or artificial insemination. Artificial insemination requires the use of cryopreserved (frozen) semen, unless the donor is readily available. It is vital to KNOW THE SOURCE of the frozen semen before purchase. Currently, there are no set standards for the production of frozen semen. For example, no minimum concentration of cells per dose, no set number of normal live cells post-thaw, nor accepted standards for motility of the sperm post-thaw are indicated. There are recommendations made by the industry but no “policing entity” to protect the consumer. Since there are no enforced standards, some collection centers may start with a very low number of cells per straw (for example, 3 million cells)

while another center may opt to put in 30 million cells per straw. To explain further, some bull’s semen quality may dictate the number of cells at which to start. For instance, some bulls may have higher abnormal pathology scores requiring more sperm cells to achieve a successful live count of sperm cells post-thaw. Another bull may have poorer cell motility percentage postthaw and require more numbers of cells to have adequate number of live cells with adequate motility. Altogether, it is about the numbers of normal cells with adequate progressively linear motility post-thaw. These numbers can vary from 3 million live, motile cells to as many as 15 million live, motile cells post-thaw. As stated, there is great variability between semen collection centers that the public is not aware of. It is a common assumption within the cattle industry that if it is “frozen semen,” it must be good! You wouldn’t buy a bull without first having a breeding soundness exam performed, would you? The same can be said for the purchase of the frozen semen product. This may be readily accomplished by evaluation of a straw of frozen semen

in a laboratory that has experience with such examinations. First, the semen must be thawed and then incubated (in order for the sperm cells to have time to equilibrate and balance internal cellular fluids and digest some of the nutritional factors included in the semen extender) for a period not to exceed 15 minutes. Next, a small sample of the thawed semen should be evaluated for concentration (the number of cells that are actually in the semen straw). This may be accomplished by “hand” with the use of a hemocytometer and microscope, or by machine with the use of a rather sophisticated piece of equipment called a nucleocounter. Spectrophotometry has also been used, but this technology has become somewhat obsolete as the degree of accuracy is directly related to the number of times its calibration is tested and the accuracy of the dilution of the sample. Examination of a semen sample is evaluated for individual linear motility, either by the use of a CASA (Computer Assisted Semen Analysis) or by direct visual examination with the use of an adequate microscope. The use of some industry semen extenders must be con-

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A complete physical evaluation should occur with particular attention to feet and legs. Bulls with overgrown or misshapen claws should have their feet trimmed before initiating natural service.

sidered in the evaluation process as they may inhibit a good evaluation of motility or morphology due to the density of the media. The goal is to recover at least 30% of the sperm cells with progressive linear motility after the thaw process. The semen morphology examination is last to be performed. In the evaluation of cryopreserved semen, the best equipment is needed in order to fully assess individual sperm cells. Most andrology experts prefer the use of a direct interference contrast microscope to verify normal cell morphology. With the use of this sophisticated equipment, structures of the cell that may be drastically affected by the freezing process or associated with cell development (that can markedly impact overall fertility of the semen) can be identified. Bull stud standards vary by business, but it generally preferred to recover at least 8 million live and progressively motile normal sperm per semen straw after thawing. Industry averages can run as low as 3 million cells to as high as 15 million cells and beyond. Other centers have reduced the number of live cells available in a straw with success, but only after testing to prove that the reduced numbers of sperm cells they have included in a straw on a certain bull will in fact produce pregnancies at acceptable percentages. There should be no difference in quality between production runs of semen. Embryo quality or flush quality semen is a misnomer. There may indeed be semen out there that is high quality and could be best used in embryo production, but it should be no better than that used for artificial insemination. It should always be planned that before using a new collection code of semen (each collection or collections on a single given day are assigned an individual collection code) that the quality and concentration be evaluated. Most often the success of the artificial breeding program or an embryo flush directly depends upon the quality of the semen.

Natural Service

Bulls are still used as natural service sires either as the primary donor or in other instances as a cleanup sire after artificial insemination or embryo transfer has been performed. The same precautions should be taken with the bull as they are with the cow. The bull should have a veterinary breeding soundness exam performed before every breeding season. A complete physical evaluation should occur with particular attention to feet and legs. Bulls with overgrown or misshapen claws should have their feet trimmed before initiating natural service. Rectal palpation of all internal accessory reproductive organs is followed by palpation and measurement of the scrotum and associated structures. The penis is extended and examined directly.

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Collection of semen can be accomplished by having the bull mount another animal or phantom and semen collected with an artificial vagina (most preferred method of collection by bull studs) or by electroejaculation. Full penile extension should be observed with either collection method. However, collection with an artificial vagina enables the evaluator to stimulate natural service conditions. A thorough microscopic examination of the ejaculate should follow the physical exam. This includes an estimate of individual cellular linear motility as well as a complete morphological evaluation of at least 100 individual sperm cells. The semen evaluation may be done by light microscopy using specialized stains to view the normal cells and identify the ratio between the number of live cells and dead cells, as the stain kills all cells in order to view them properly. Many practitioners use a phase contrast microscope that will allow viewing of the individual sperm cells without staining. Either method is more than adequate but one of these should be utilized for every examination. Biosecurity should always be of concern when introducing a new bull into the herd. It is imperative to know the breeder or origin of the bull, since disease risks are forever present. Several reproductive diseases are very prevalent within the industry, with Trichomoniasis becoming more widespread across the United States. Many states have voluntary control programs and regulations in place to monitor entry of bulls across state lines. Trichomoniasis is a true venereal disease that is highly contagious. A bull that has the organism is infected for life. There are no drugs currently legally available to treat the organism. Over 70% of cows naturally serviced by a Trichomoniasis-infected bull may actually abort their fetus. The abortion may not occur until six to seven months of gestation. Simply put, the dirty work has occurred long before it was recognized. It is always best to purchase virgin bulls for natural service and never loan, lease or otherwise share a bull unless you are extremely familiar with the other herd you are dealing with. For more inFormation, contact: Gary D. Warner, DVM and Kelly Warner, DVM, CVMA Elgin Veterinary Hospital Box 629 | Elgin, TX 78621 512-285-5362 |

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What Could You Be doing Better? Ideas for adding value to your livestock enterprise.

By Kindra Gordon

From time to time, many of us ask ourselves: What should I be doing differently? What can I do better? If you’re asking yourself those questions as they relate to your livestock operation, University of Wyoming Extension beef cattle specialist Steve Paisley has some ideas for you to consider. Paisley points out that as we prepare for the world population to grow to more than 9 billion people by the year 2050, food production will also need to increase – by as much as 70% – to meet global demand. Becoming better producers will be integral to meeting that increased demand and use of technology in agriculture will be key to meeting that growth. Paisley notes that technology is already helping beef producers do more with less. As an example, consider that beef numbers nationwide have declined, while beef production has been able to increase. “That’s testament to our industry; we are using technology to improve,” Paisley says. In addition to improving production, Paisley notes that technology is also helping the beef industry use environmental resources more efficiently. Paisley credited producers for implementing many changes over the last fifty years, but he adds, “We have to continue to change.” Many of the technologies already exist – now the next hurdle is to get more cattle producers to start utilizing them. Paisley says by maximizing the use of many of these tools, the U.S. beef industry can continue to improve and add efficiency to the U.S. cowherd. These include better use of:

Crossbreeding Currently only about 44% of operations utilize this tool.

implants Presently, 10% or fewer operations use implants, which can increase average daily gain by .10 to .13 lbs/ day.

artifiCial insemination (ai) Today only 7-8% of U.S. herds use AI. Paisley notes that costs of AI and labor needs are being reduced with the many synchronization programs that are available.

genetiC information or epds An example would be the use of feed efficiency information on bulls being purchased for the herd.

managing forage resourCes From rotational grazing and water to use of crop aftermath and by-products, Paisley notes there’s room for better use of these resources, as well as better inclusion of forage analysis and ration evaluation.

reCord keeping Only 12 to 15% of operations use any type of computerized records. Paisley notes that individual animal identification as a part of a record keeping system can help provide information for continued performance improvement.

animal handling teChniques As the average age of beef producers increases – and with a smaller labor force, utilizing low-stress handling techniques can help cattlemen do more with less manpower. Investing in good facilities and selecting animals with the right temperament can also be key to enhancing production efficiencies.

Lastly, with the fast-paced changes in today’s global marketplace and volatility in prices, Paisley emphasizes that utilizing tools to manage risk are essential. The bottomline: “Opportunities remain for improvements,” Paisley concludes. EvaluatE 40 ChanCEs As you prioritize your “to do” list, you might also consider this perspective: What if you knew you had 40 chances to get something right, to fix a problem, or to change the world – what would you do? Philanthropist and farmer Howard G. Buffett recalls hearing a farmer at a conference say that most farmers have 40 seasons to get farming right. And, according to Buffett, the average person also has about 40 productive years in her/his life. That’s the premise of his new book titled 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World, co-authored with his son Howard W. Buffett. The authors describe the lessons learned on Buffett’s own farm and from their travels around the world – and they talk about the solutions to world hunger that many of the most disenfran chised folks in the world are finding in their own communities. The principles of 40 Chances lays out critical questions for anyone looking to use their 40 most productive years efficiently: Am I acting with purpose and urgency in my life? Am I taking smart risks? Am I learning the right lessons from my mistakes? Am I improving upon every chance I have? Am I making the most of my chances in life? ~ those are questions you might ponder.


LEADERSHIP What do a NFL quarterback and the captain of a ship have in common? No, this isn’t the set-up to a oneliner. Ponder it and you’ll realize that the common denominator for both – and anyone who wants to overcome opponents and achieve success – is leadership.

Archie Manning, former NFL quarterback and father to three sons, including two NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli, addressed attendees at the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention in February in Nashville, as did Captain Richard Phillips whose cargo ship the MV Maersk Alabama was taken hostage by Somali pirates. His harrowing story was shared in the major motion film Captain Phillips released in 2013. “Leadership is the one constant to prevail over any challenge,” stated Manning, who noted that leadership is a term that is much discussed, but little understood. He added, “With teamwork and leadership, you can accomplish anything.” Manning offers three points to remember about being a leader:

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tHInk LIkE A LEADER He says this means being prepared and being determined, as well as “seeing obstacles as opportunities.”

SEt goALS LIkE A LEADER To this he references a Yogi Berra quote, “If you don’t set goals, you can’t regret not reaching them.” But on a more serious note, Manning says, “I look at it this way – if you don’t manage your goals, someone else will manage them for you.” He suggests writing down your goals, and said a Texas study revealed there was a strong correlation between success and goals. The most successful of the surveyed group were those in the 3% who had written goals. Those in the 27% with unwritten goals were marginally successful, but those without any goals didn’t know success, according to Manning.

Act LIkE A LEADER Manning calls leadership an “action” verb and says, “Everyone can be a better leader. Put the word ‘I’ away, be part of the team.” He also cites the Peter Drucker quote: Managers do things right; Leaders do the right things. Manning also notes that everyone goes through tough times, he says, “The question isn’t will you face adversity, but what will you do when you face it? Will you get bitter or better? He concludes, “Your challenges may be great, but your ability is great….When you do what is right, what is hard, and build for the future, you are a leader…The bigger the challenge, the greater the opportunity for success.”

As a captain, Phillips says he views his job as responsible 24-7 for the ship, crew and cargo. From various experiences in his career at sea — not the least of which was his lifethreatening experience with the four armed pirates — Phillips said he has three points he wants others to also realize: • You are much stronger than you know. • Nothing is lost until we choose to give up. • A dedicated, focused team can accomplish anything. Phillips endured many things as a hostage and, in retrospect, he said, all of these principles are true. “Somewhere within us, we find the strength to do what must be done,” he says. Of his ordeal, Phillips said, “I vowed I wouldn’t give up.” He worked to stay calm, and says, “No one solves a crisis by being panicked.” Phillips eludes to a larger metaphor for life, noting that we are all riding on ever-shifting seas. He emphasizes seeing tough times through and working together, saying, “If we come together as a dedicated, focused team we can overcome any obstacle.”

He cites a stanza from the poem See It through by Edgar Albert guest:

ovERcomIng ADvERSIty

Captain Richard Phillips knows a little something about overcoming challenges. While at sea in April 2009, his cargo ship the MV Maersk Alabama was taken hostage by Somali pirates. In 2013, a major motion picture titled Captain Phillips told the story of the incident, and Phillips has also authored a book, A Captain’s Duty, about his life as a merchant mariner. During his keynote address to cattle convention attendees, Phillips recounted many of the details that unfolded from the time the pirates got onboard until his dramatic rescue by a Navy SEAL team, and he emphasized the importance of leadership during stressful situations.

When you’re up against a trouble, meet it squarely, face to face; Lift your chin and set your shoulders, Plant your feet and take a brace. When it’s vain to try to dodge it, Do the best that you can do; you may fail, but you may conquer, See it through!

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cattle operations By Jason Cleere, Assistant Professor and Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Ron Gill, Professor and Extension Livestock Specialist Angela Dement, Extension Assistant, Veterinary Medicine The Texas A&M System

For beef cattle, biosecurity involves a system of management practices that prevent diseases from infecting a herd. Although biosecurity is often associated with foreign animal diseases, the term also applies to common diseases that affect herds, such as blackleg and bovine viral diarrhea. Vaccines can help prevent disease, but other management practices can be even more important. By developing biosecurity protocols that protect cattle from the common diseases, producers are establishing a safety net against a possible outbreak of a foreign animal disease in the United States.

How Disease Is Spread

Disease spreads directly—from an infected animal to a susceptible animal—or indirectly, from an infected animal to an object or equipment, and then to a susceptible animal. For example, feeding a calf with a bottle that has not been properly sterilized can be a way of indirect transmission. Disease is transmitted in seven primary ways: • Aerosol: Disease pathogens are carried in the air on moisture droplets from sneezing or coughing. • Direct contact: Disease pathogen contacts an open wound, saliva, blood or mucous membranes, or is passed from nose to nose, by rubbing and biting. • Oral: Susceptible animals consume disease-causing pathogens in contaminated feed and water or lick or chew contaminated objects. • Reproductive: Disease pathogens are spread during mating or gestation. • Vehicles: Contaminated objects, such as needles, trailers, trucks or clothing, transfer the disease-causing pathogen from an infected animal to a susceptible animal. • Vector-borne: A living insect, animal or human carries the disease from an infected animal to a susceptible animal. • Fomites: Diseases are transmitted through contaminated soil, water and food.


Immunity allows the animal to resist a disease by preventing the pathogen’s development or by counteracting the effects of its toxins. Immune animals have antibodies, which destroy a specific pathogen before it causes an illness. Immunity is natural, active or passive.

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Natural immunity is provided by the body’s natural defenses, such as the skin and nasal passages, which help keep disease pathogens out of the body. Some cells in the body also attack diseasecausing foreign particles. Fetuses can acquire antibodies in utero through placental transfer. Passive immunity comes through the transfer of antibodies from one animal to another, such as through colostrum in the mother’s milk shortly after birth. Newborns must receive about 10 percent of their body weight in colostrum within the first 24 hours after birth to ensure some protection against diseases. Active immunity is provided by protective vaccinations or by the body’s fight against an infection. Both modified-live and killed vaccines cause the body to produce antibodies without actually acquiring the disease. Booster vaccinations may be necessary to maintain immunity.


Total disease prevention is not possible; therefore, any ranch biosecurity plan requires a sound vaccination program that targets diseases the cattle may be exposed to. Vaccines are only as effective as the animal’s immune response; injecting cattle with vaccine does not guarantee the herd’s immunity. Factors such as nutritional, shipping, social and weather stress can decrease the level of immune response. Minimizing animal stress will improve the disease protection within the herd. Handling and administering vaccines according to the manufacturer’s label is important in maintaining the integrity of vaccine and providing protection against the targeted disease. When handling and working with vaccines: • Read the label and/or medication insert before vaccinating animals. • Observe the expiration date and storage information.

• Keep refrigerators at the proper temperature to maintain vaccine effectiveness, usually between 36 degrees F and 46 degrees F. • Protect vaccines from sunlight. • Give the right vaccine to the right species. If the label indicates it is for use in swine, do not use it in cattle. This extralabel use is illegal unless done under the supervision and recommendation of a veterinarian. • Give the proper dose in the appropriate area on the animal, using the recommended technique. • Do not insert a used needle back into an open bottle. Always use a sterile needle. • Use a transfer needle or a sterile needle to reconstitute modified-live vaccines. • Use boiling water, not chemical sterilants, to disinfect syringes. • Mix only the quantity of modified-live vaccine that will be used within 1 hour. • Dispose of the remaining opened vaccine properly after completing the day’s inoculations because the vaccine does

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not keep well once the bottle seal has been punctured. • Give booster vaccinations when the label requires it. • Keep a record of all vaccinations and treatments. • Follow withdrawal periods. Consult a veterinarian to ensure proper timing and implementation of a vaccination schedule. Even under ideal conditions, vaccinations are not 100 percent effective. Take extra care in handling and administering vaccines to achieve the highest possible level of immunity. Evaluate the cost-benefit ratio of any biosecurity management practices. Do the benefits outweigh the costs? For example, if a weaned calf is worth about $550, the loss of that calf can cost the ranch $550 in lost revenue. If a vaccination routine that costs $1.50 per animal, including new needles for each, is implemented on a 40-cow herd, the total cost for this biosecurity practice may be as low as $60. If the result is one more calf, the net benefit is $490.

Procedures for Handling Incoming Cattle

Almost every ranch eventually must add new breeding animals to the operation. Some stocker or feedlot operations continuously add new cattle. These new cattle can bring disease to the ranch. Minimize this risk by: • Defining the level of disease risk for the new cattle. For example, yearling virgin bulls from a purebred breeder with a strict health protocol may be low risk, while cows from an unknown source may be high risk. • Isolating new animals from the rest of the herd for at least 3 weeks, and possibly at a location off the ranch • Watching the isolated animals closely for symptoms of illness, such as elevated temperature and abnormal behavior • Consulting a local veterinarian to determine which diseases to test quarantined animals for • Vaccinating cattle according to ranch protocols

Limiting Unauthorized Access to Pastures and Cattle

Unauthorized visitors may introduce diseases to the ranch, increase the risk of theft and cause liability issues. To help prevent this: • Keep doors and gates locked at all times. • Post “No Trespassing” signs. • Conduct random security checks and look for signs of unauthorized activity or entry. • Maintain good perimeter fences. • Know your neighbors and set up a crime watch program. • Secure pesticides, fertilizers, feed and nutrients. • Secure water sources and identify alternative sources.

General Biosecurity Practices

Consider these additional general management tips: • Disinfect reusable equipment, including tattooers, implant guns, ear notchers, dehorners and castration knives, between animals. Sterilize equipment that has been used off the ranch before it is brought back to the ranch. • Identify cattle and maintain current records. • Watch cattle for adverse health symptoms or behavior; sudden and unexplained deaths; large numbers of sick animals; unusual ticks or maggots; blisters around an animal’s nose, teats, mouth or hooves; difficulty rising and walking; a drop in milk production; and a large number of dead insects, rodents or wildlife. Contact a veterinarian immediately if these symptoms occur. • Keep cattle away from exotic wildlife that may harbor disease.

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OF CAlF SCOURS IN FAll-CAlVINg HeRDS By Dr. glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University emeritus extension Animal Scientist (Adapted from “Neonatal Calf Diarrhea Complex” by John kirkpatrick, DVM) Reprinted from: COW/CAlF CORNeR, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative extension Service.


all calving in the Southern Plains has several advantages. One of the least-discussed advantages to fall calving is the reduction of risk to an outbreak of scours. Neonatal calf diarrhea (commonly called “calf scours”) is one of the most costly disease entities in the beef cattle business. Fall-calving herds have the help of the hot, late summer sunshine to reduce the buildup and spread of the pathogens that cause calf diarrhea. However, whether you have spring- or fall-calving cows (or both) there are some key management procedures that will reduce the likelihood of a scours outbreak in your calves. These procedures are meant to decrease the pathogen exposure to the newborn calf.

Other measures … are intended to increase the immunity that protects the calf from the pathogens in his environment.

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1 • Calve in clean and dry areas. 2 • Calve heifers earlier than the cow herd. 3 • Avoid congregating A. Avoid hay feeding in calving pastures by setting aside pastures during the summer to stockpile forage for utilization during calving time. B. Move pairs to larger pastures promptly C. If hay is fed, use hay feeders and move feeders frequently. 4 • Use biosecurity and biocontainment measures for all herd additions: A. Isolate, quarantine, and perform appropriate tests on all herd additions. B. Introduce pregnant herd additions at least 30 days prior to the start of calving season. This will allow time for exposure to new pathogens, antibody devel opment and secretion of antibodies into the colostrum. C. Do not add calves to the herd until the youngest calf in the herd is over 30 days of age. Buying a calf at a livestock auction or from a dairy for a cow that has lost a calf can introduce diseases that your herd may not have immunity against. 5 • Isolation and treatment: A. Remove sick calves from the herd immediately. One sick calf can produce overwhelming pathogen exposure by shedding as many as 100 million bacteria or viruses per milliliter of feces (500 million bacteria and or viruses per teaspoon of feces). B. Visit with your local large animal veterinarian to determine best treatment options for the pathogens affecting your calves. C. Treating the sick calves should occur after handling the well calves. Clean and disinfect all equipment. Clothing, boots, gloves, etc. worn while treating sick calves should not be worn when handling well calves.

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W/C Lock Down Z206

Remington Lock N Load x Ironwood New Level • We may be on to the next great calving ease sire that doesn’t sacrifice look and power. First 15 calves at our place have an avg. BW of 72.26 lbs with a good percentage of baldies. This bull is getting hot, get him on your list! Owned with Walsh Simmental & 4B Land & Cattle

Remington Lock N Load

Remington On Target x Bar 15 Miss Knight • No semen currently available. Look to Lock Down, Loaded Up, and Bullseye to carry the load in 2014!

W/C United 956Y

TNT Tuition U238 x Miss Werning 956W (Bismarck) • He earned his way in his first calf crop, ranks in the top 1% for growth. The best choice to add mass, dimension, and performance in one generation. Owned by some of the best in the business. Owned with Hook Farms, Eichaker Simmentals and NLC Simmentals

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Remington Lock N Load x Macho • One of the most impressive beef bulls we have ever raised! A bull to make a positive impact for the herds that will use him. 1/2 interest sold for $105,000. Owned with Larry Simmons Farms

W/ C Wide Track 694Y

3C W/C Right Track W9462 x Miss Werning 694Y (Liberty) • Sired an awesome first crop! His calves topped sales and were at the top wherever he was used. Excellent choice to add hip, muscle and power with the right pattern. Owned with Larry Simmons Farms LLC

W/c No Remorse 763Y

Yardley High Regard x DW Susanna 763Y (Focus) • Already siring calves selling from 20 to 40 K in his first crop. Being used heavily by the best! Calving ease with stoutness and quality, he needs to be on your short list. Owned with Huston Cattle Co.


National Champion Simmental Female • 2014 Fort Worth Stock Show 2014 National Western Reserve Female • 2013 American Royal Reserve Female Full Sister to W/C Bullseye! Congrats Harrell Family!

HIGH REGARD X DREAM CATCHER X WAREHOUSE Champion PB Female • 2013 NJSA National Classic 2013 American Royal • 2014 NWSS Jr & Open Congrats Vickland Family!

These Champions represent 8 generations of W/C cow families and sire selection. Our balanced trait approach and uncompromising standards of production makes of confident that these sires can make a positive contribution to your herds. We are using all of these sires in our own program and rest assured their dams have good feet, good udders, and are the kind we all want more of. We love to talk cattle, so don’t hesitate to call about the bulls or to order semen.


Lock N Load x Dream Catcher The 2014 high seller with undeniable physical and genetic quality. His sisters absolutely dominated the Simmental show circuit. Owned with Tingle Farms & Harrell Cattle Co.


W/C No Remorse x Dream Catcher 2014 Second high selling bull who made lots of friends with his stout and attractive build plus solid data. Owned with BF Simmentals & Brandon Bird


Yardley Impressive x Prowler Pinion • High Regard has quickly gained popularity among Simmental breeders for his ability to sire that special pattern and balance that allows his progeny to be phenotypic standouts and compete at the highest level of the show ring. His sons roam the Dakotas and the Sandhills and are sought after by ranchers. He will add extension, muscle, and foot size.

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BW: 88; Calved April 2, 2013 Sire: Troubadour Dam: Donor 7522 (Alias x Meyer 734 Granddaughter

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• This incredible Silver Baldy’s Mother is a REAL POWER COW that stands at the head of the pack in the Duello Donor Pen. She never misses...she doesn’t have good calves, she has great litters. • Masterpiece has got tremendous shape and flare down his top and is a great hipped bull with exceptional dimension through his stifle and twist. He is so impressive in the way he blends from his neck and shoulder into his body. This bull is beyond impressive in shape to his center and upper rib...he has a lot of flank and a hind leg to die for.

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Siring High Sellers across the country!

• DCC has calved the first daughters and they are incredible! High Sellers are important to everyones immediate cash flow but the real value of Wide Open is the long term. He is the most consistent sire (of both males and females) ever used at Duello Cattle Co. • THEY ARE THE KEEpiN KiND! The first crop of Wide Open Sons averaged over $5,700 per head at DCC and to date every female born has been good enough to make the replacement pen. • His fresh genetics, power and athleticism has made him a favorite among purebred breeders and club calf producers alike. Wide Open’s pedigree traces to X339U on the top and bottom, plus Black irish Kansas, Black Mick and 600U...maternal legends. • if you are looking to inject some maternal power into your cowherd without sacrificing eye appeal and performance, Wide Open is an absolute must use bull. Semen $25/unit – Sexed 2ml Heifer Semen $100/unit


BW: 83; Calved May 22, 2012 Sire: Ruby’s Wide Open Dam: 40 Guns (Meyer 734 - Maine) x Collins Emulous 297

-WiDE OpENS GREATEST SON! • Wide Open is making powerful half bloods and he is really getting it done. This great May calf has the kind of rib shape, hip, bone and hair we want to make the next generation. He is really unique - pOWER, SOUNDNESS, BALANCE, QUALiTY and pEDiGREE out of a GREAT COW!

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Congratulations Morgan phillips! -THE WiNNiNGEST SiMMENTAL HEiFER CALF iN RECENT HiSTORY! - a Wide Open daughter • Calf Champion and Reserve Grand - The National Simmental Show - Ft. Worth • Calf Champion - NAiLE Jr. and Open Show - Grand Champion Bred & Owned Female • Calf Champion - NWSS Jr. and Open Show • Reserve Supreme All Breeds - Kentucky Beef Expo

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