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6 PUBLISHER STATEMENT 18 8 INDUSTRY NEWS Trending news from around the cattle industry.



Maximizing the health of your herd by incorparating vaccines into the herd health plan is a crucial and reletively straight-forward way of reducing disease risk and associated losses.



The inputs from a single bull, for better or for worse, will impact many generations down the line. That’s a lot of pressure on a single animal; the selection task can seem daunting. Narrowing in on the right criteria can make the decision easier.


The easy and still most accurate answer that you hear over and over again is that prevention is the best way to deal with calf diseases and failing that, early detection and treatment is a must.


“Effective weaning techniques will keep the cattleman producing as many calves as possible while retaining the over all health of his herd.” Raising cattle is full of it’s own joys, triumphs, tragedy’s, and all together difficult moments. But, like other things, what separates the “men from the boys” in rearing great calves is the way we handle the ever changing circumstances.




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Fair Season I looked at the calendar this morning and just shook my head in disbelief. As I sit here writing this month’s statement we are nearing the end of June. Maybe it is the whacky weather we have been having in the Midwest lately, but it seems like yesterday the kids had their last day of school and summer was just starting. Time flies when you are having fun! Do you want to know the best part about July? I have two favorites actually. First of all, nothing really beats the Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks… nothing more American then celebrating our independence with things that explode, am I right? My celebration usually consists of my favorite cut of beef on the grill as well as a few of my preferred drinks, which I will leave to your imagination. My second favorite part of July is all the county fairs are in full swing. Lots of time goes into prepping for the fair. Long hours doing some tedious tasks like washing, brushing, working on showmanship, etc and then pinning your hopes on a few minutes, or seconds, and believing all your time will be rewarded. It gives me great joy to see all the kids being so passionate about their livestock too.

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Vol. 44 • No. 8 • August 2018 President/CEO - Gale McKinney VP/CFO - Audra McKinney Group Publisher/COO - Patrick McKinney Publisher - Dustin J. Hector Controller - Robert Reedy Office Manager - Dawn Busse Art Director - Brandon Peterson Graphic Designer - Teri Marsh Advertising Account Executives Wendy Mills Kathy Davidson Mary Gatliff Lori Seibert Irene Smith Joyce Kenney Ed Juncker Circulation Coordinator Shawna Nelson Contributing Writers Bruce Derksen, Michael Cox, Jaclyn Krymowski, Steve Weisman, Aly McClure

In closing, I know there have been a lot of areas affected by Mother Nature since our last issue came out. If there is any way that we can help out we will gladly do so. One thing that has been evident in my time working at American Cattlemen is the strong bond that ties this industry together. When times get tough, this industry rallies around each other and supports one another. It amazes me watch-

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ing strangers helping strangers for the good of the industry. So please, if there is anything we can do to help don’t hesitate to ask. From all of us at American Cattlemen we wish you a happy and safe fair season. May all your hard work and dedication be rewarded. As always, if you have suggestions or comments about topics you would like written about or areas covered, please email me at

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Anna Taylor, Ph.D., Beef Technical Specialist. “Simply replace your regular mineral with the dewormer mineral for three to six days when it’s time to deworm. When the medicated mineral has been consumed by your herd, return to your existing mineral program.” Safe-Guard goes directly into the gastrointestinal tract to attack the energy metabolism function of internal parasites. It is unique in that, once ingested by the parasite, it cannot be excreted. This means even if cattle only consume a partial dose of the medicated mineral daily, the Safe-Guard will accumulate in the parasite until it reaches the lethal dose. “We’re excited to partner with Cargill to offer producers this option for herd parasite control,” said Harold Newcomb, DVM, Merck Animal Health Technical Services. “Safe-Guard dewormer has been proven 95 percent effective in feed-through forms1 killing internal parasites right where they live – in the gut. By deworming in the pasture, NutreBeef Safe-Guard Dewormer Mineral eliminates the stress, risks and financial impacts of handling cattle.” Internal parasites eat at profitability. According to a study from Iowa

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lthough many modern vaccines are offering protection against seven or more life-threatening diseases in a single shot, producers should not become complacent around proper vaccine management and administration, simply because the products are so user friendly.

The desired benefits of vaccines will only be fully realized if they are stored, handled and administered correctly.


Regardless of whether a modified live vaccine or a dead vaccine is being administered, the product should be stored in a safe environment at the appropriate temperature until the time of use. Most vaccines require storage at refrigerator temperature, and cattlemen should consider using coolers when moving vaccines and working cattle outdoors. Exposing vaccines to freezing temperatures, direct sunlight or the heat of a farm truck during summer can alter the nature and effectiveness of the vaccine. The vaccine should

be within expiration date and ‘fresh’; it is best practice to only rehydrate small quantities of vaccine at a time for immediate use.


With calf preconditioning and weaning taking place over the coming months, it can be tempting to work livestock once, and administer all vaccines, wormers and any other animal health treatments on the same day. However, ‘stacking’ vaccines and other products can overload the animal’s immunity responsiveness and reduce the desired benefits of vaccinating. In particular, using several gram-negative vaccines at once can create endotoxic reactions in cattle.

Producers are encouraged to administer gram-negative vaccines one week apart, if more than two vaccines are to be used as part of the herd health plan. Most preconditioning programs recommend vaccinations for IBR, BVD, PI3, BRSV, 7-way clostridial vaccine, Mannheimia haemolytica and Haemophilus somnus. Other vaccines may also be required depending on the disease status of your local area and the health status required by future buyers of the livestock. If using a modified live vaccine for IBR in breeding females, care must be taken to complete the vaccination program at least 30 days before breeding. As IBR has negative effects on ovaries and follicular health, so too does the Modified Live Vaccine for IBR, as the vaccine mimics infection and ‘primes’ the immune system to create antibodies. Once the 30-day period has passed after the initial MLV IBR shot, ovary and follicular health return * Continued on page 12



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to normal. Cow-calf pair producers should take extra precautions if using MLV IBR on nursing calves; as viral shedding from vaccinated calves can cause the negative ovary effects previously mentioned if Momma cows are ‘un-primed’ and have not being vaccinated themselves.

Avoid Stress

Cattle should be worked in a lowstress manner as increased cortisol levels in the blood can negatively effect the body’s ability to make antibodies. Calves should not be weaned or moved from pasture to feedlot on the same day as vaccination. Shedding from viral vaccines can occur if calves are stressed after vaccination. The calf may become sick and full immunity will not have been achieved; leaving the animal at risk of disease later in life. If you are unsure of the vaccine status of newly purchased animals, research from University of Arkansas suggests that it may be beneficial to allow new animals a period of two weeks to ‘settle’ into their new home before giving vaccines, rather than administering shots straight off the truck. Researchers found that delaying a MLV IBR vaccine by two weeks helped to increase average daily gain in weaned calves and also improved immune response levels, compared to animals that received the vaccine on the day they arrived to the feedlot.

it may not technically necessary to give the second booster shot in some cases, the second booster shot develops stronger immunity, especially if vaccine failure happened during the initial shot. Correct site of administration is also important and is an area that can change as manufacturers develop easier to administer vaccines. Some products that have required intramuscular injection in the past have changed to subcutaneous injection. Producers should double-check the product label in-case of changes to injection site. Beef Quality Assurance programs recommend that injections be given in the neck or behind the shoulder. Shots into the rump are to be avoided as abscesses and meat quality can be effected in the most valuable cuts of meat. Giving shots into clean, dry skin with small 16 to 18 gauge needles will limit stress on the animal and adverse reactions. Given the potential for major losses from the disease we vaccinate against, it is important that we get full value from any vaccines we use and follow label instructions correctly. Storing and administering vaccines properly in a low-stress environment will allow strong antibody production and increased levels of immunity.


Administering booster shots at the correct time-interval is crucial to developing a strong immunity response. Advice from Michigan State University Extension recommends that vaccine booster shots be administered two to four weeks after the initial shot, even if not specified on the vaccine label. Extension specialists claim that although



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THE HERD SIRE By Jaclyn Krymowski for American Cattlemen


he sire is the single most influential individual in the herd. “(What) we think about when we change a cattle herd…we’re very focused on females but we all realize it’s the bulls we buy that make the change,” says Dr. Dan of Angus Genetics Inc. in a seminar titled “Selecting bulls for the beef herd.” Unlike several factors impacting production and management, genetic influence is permanent. This is especially true for operations that retain replacement heifers.

The inputs from a single bull, for better or for worse, will impact many generations down the line. That’s a lot of pressure on a single animal; the selection task can seem daunting. Narrowing in on the right criteria can make the decision easier.

Know your needs

Things such as region or climate, economy, consumer demand and even labor can all have varying weights of importance that may influence genetic criteria. Harsh

climates may demand more traits directed at survivability or maternal capabilities. Operations chasing high premiums may find the need to increase marbling or yield grades. The list of possibilities and scenarios are endless. Whatever the situation may be herd goals should remain consistent, mindful that they are only achievable over a period of time. The last two or three sire generations used is where you’ll be able to see the change, notes Moser.

The payout for bulls makes a big difference on the bottom line. This is where knowing your market and what traits your specific operation needs to profit is so important. Moser used cow-calf producers selling at weaning weight as an example. Say two different bulls sire 20 calves each, with one averaging 570lb calves at weaning and the other only 550lb calves. After only 4 years of selling those calves at a liveweight of $1.80/ lb. will equate to a total of $2880 difference between them.

Know your tools

Hand selecting individual traits to improve a herd would be an impossible task. Breed associations make this feasible in the forms of EPDs, dollar indexes, and most recently genomic data. The traditional EPD pulls data from the pedigree, * Continued on page 16



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performance, and recorded progeny into one number. “It’s really not a magic formula, it’s just very simple statistics that are used to come up with a prediction,” says Moser. EPDs only account for the outputs that create revenue. Dollar indexes have the advantage because include both the outputs and the expense of inputs, for a more accurate prediction of an animal’s expected value. The adoption of genomics is making young sires a more attractive option for cattlemen who want to be on



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the cutting edge of genetic advancements. Previously, young sires were always a higher risk because they lacked their own progeny data. The accuracy of tested animals is already very high and continues to improve, meaning these animals with no progeny can be purchased with confidence. Genomic testing may not be an option for every single bull considered for purchase. In this case, the risk is always minimized the more proven data a bull has. In the case of untested bulls, especially for the very young, EPDs are still the

best go-to option. “Even a low accuracy EPD on a yearling bull is better than any other information that you could have,” says Moser.


A bull’s pedigree is only as good as his ability to get cows pregnant. Besides the obvious need for soundness of the individual animal, the bull’s reproductive capabilities can be his limiting factor. The average number of cows a bull can be expected to cover is typically about 25-30, per the industry standard. An experienced bull of optimal health and soundness can breed as many as 50 or more animals, according to some studies. However, there is no one indicator that can guarantee an individual’s fertility. A breeding soundness exam can provide a good idea of how a particular bull will perform each given year. The scrotal circumference measure offers the highest correlation to sperm production in yearling bulls. A threshold of at least 30 cm is seen as a rule of thumb, but studies have shown variance between breeds, environment, and age in months. If possible, sperm motility and shape should also be evaluated as part of the exam. Research shows for optimal fertility, samples have a 50% motility rate and with 70% or more normal sperm.

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ON SUMMER PASTURE By Bruce Derksen for American Cattlemen


o you’ve got your cows safely calved out making sure the little creatures they delivered received a bellyful of colostrum along with the proper level of TLC and are now looking forward to the summer season ahead. The calves are tagged and identified and are looking shiny and sleek. So how do you keep them that way through the long hot summer?

The easy and still most accurate answer that you hear over and over again is that prevention is the best way to deal with calf diseases and failing that, early detection and treatment is a must. It is far easier to send your calves off to pasture equipped with the necessary resources to fight against illness, than to take shortcuts and hope for the best. Once a calf becomes sick, it can be an uphill battle to get them back on the path to good health. The first consideration is to key in on exactly what you might face depending on variables such as whether you used this pasture in the past or have just acquired this grazing land. Have you done your homework and

re-visited earlier health challenges along with contacting previous owners about their experiences? Talk to your neighbors about their calf health issues and go over your own records to refresh your memory of past problems. Consult a veterinarian and get their opinion on typical health issues that can attack calves in your area and region. You only have one chance to get this right before you send your cow calf pairs down the road to summer pastures where you likely won’t have the control you enjoy on your farm. Together with your veterinarian, put together a vaccination program that can be administered before the calves

leave for the summer. There are basic health concerns and problems your calves will face including blackleg, foot rot, pink eye, bloat and pneumonias. Use a reasonably priced clostridial vaccination for blackleg strain diseases along with at minimum a version of a modified live or killed vaccine to help prevent viral infections. An intranasal spray to stimulate local immunity in the nasal passages is also an option. Remember some vaccines require a booster shot to be effective, so be realistic. Do you have the facilities and infrastructure to be able to round up your calf crop or is this challenge a non-starter? Without these booster doses a calf’s immune response will not be as aggressive, robust and long lasting. Will one dose be enough? If the pathogen in question is limited, maybe the answer is yes. Don’t forget to stock up on the treatment drugs you will need to fight pinkeye, foot rot, * Continued on page 20



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and bloat so they are at hand when you need them. Once you’ve processed your calves to the best of your and your veterinarian’s ability and sent them off to pasture, what then? Train yourself and your personnel using the myriads of material available and be vigilant in checking for early detection of health issues. Watch for calves that do not appear to be nursing, or show noticeable dullness in their actions. Diarrhea, snotty noses, coughing and fevers are conditions that require a prompt medical response along with the more obvious concerns like lameness and pinkeye. Make a priority plan of how to administer treatments to meet any health challenges quickly and efficiently, be it by the use of nearby corrals or the employ of experienced ropers. Ignoring



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what you hope is a minor health problem because you don’t have a way to provide medication, can be an expensive and ill -advised plan. Implement a data retention system that includes at minimum the calf’s identity, date of treatment and antibiotic used along with the actual health issue, so that proper follow up can be done the next time the herd is checked. Having a solid plan in place that includes a well- structured vaccination program, basic treatment drugs, infrastructure and facilities or experienced ropers to allow for timely response to illness, a good records management system for proper follow up and your veterinarian’s phone number close by for those unusual health concerns that may arise, will give you the best chance to maintain a healthy productive calf crop through the summer months.

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Encore Steel Buildings specializes in customizable prefabricated steel building kits for commercial, agricultural, industrial, or residential use. These are pre-engineered metal buildings of the highest quality, backed by industry-leading warranties. Scroggins, who brings over 30 years of metal building experience to the company, says positive relationships with the customers is extremely important. “We try to treat people fair, giving them a good quality product at a fair price.” Encore Steel Buildings has 11 sales 22


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The process for producers interested in learning more about Encore Steel is extremely simple. Scroggins says, “People can go on our website to get an idea of what we offer. They can either give us a call (866614-9153) or email us at One of our salesmen will visit with them to learn

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Effective weaning techniques will keep the cattleman producing as many calves as possible while retaining the overall health of his herd.” Raising cattle is full of it’s own joys, triumphs, tragedy’s, and all together difficult moments. But, like other things, what separates the “men from the boys” in rearing great calves is the way we handle the ever changing circumstances. Thankfully, one of the more difficult ones, weaning, only takes place once per year, twice for some. While weaning is an essential task for cattle producers, it can be a tedious one. Balling cows and calves, escapes trying to locate each other, and making sure everyone is continuing to eat and drink can be a full-time job for a couple of weeks. But, thankfully, they all do eventually calm down and cope. As you plan for your up coming weaning here are some thoughts 26


and tips to make it as smooth as a transition period as it can be.

Transitioning Into Weaning Timing

When you wean your calves is just as important as how you when your calves, there are many nuances to keep in mind. As a cattle producer, our job is to grow as many viable calves as possible. One of the ways we ensure this is through the weaning process. Pulling the calf off of the cow at the ideal time allows her body to gain condition, preferably before she falls below a 3.0, back and focus on her newest pregnancy and the changing seasons. It is important to have both animals primed for winter well before it begins.

Modified from: Pruitt and Momont, Cattle 87-9, “Effects of Body Condition On Reproductive Performance of Range Beef Cows”  and from Virginia Cooperative Extension, 400-795, Body Condition Scoring Beef Cows. When you actually wean your calves is dependent on when your herd calves. Calves are weaned between seven and eight months of age. So if you have a late winter, early spring calving herd this would be June-July, and if you have a late summer early fall calving herd this would be February-March. During years of extreme weather patterns such as drought, there is an exception to earlier wean times, but overall you want your calves on the cows as long as possible before the cow condition falls to drastically. The calves need the nutritious benefits of their mama’s milk for at least the 7 * Continued on page 28

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month period. Calves weaned at a relatively young age (5 months and earlier) can experience many set backs in their overall growth and health. If you are faced with this type of situation it is imperative that you supply milk supplementation to the calves until at least six months of age. This should only be considered during severe drought or herd feed shortages.


While there are many methods and ideas when it comes to how you separate your cows and calves, most of it has to do with your operation and what you have available to facilitate the process. It should be noted that the least stressful option, for the cattle, that you can allow is best for everyone. If you plan to start your calves



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on feed right away, placing them in a corral far enough away that they are unable to hear the cows balling can be an ideal situation. It takes the calves off milk and pasture immediately and their only nutrient options being full feed or hay and water. Depending on your overall herd goals, this can be the most stressful option as well, due to immediately and aggressively changing the calves environment. Because of the aggressive nature of this option, it is also likely that you will deal with more cows escaping to search for their calves. One way to cut back on calf stress in this situation is by placing dry cows with the calves. They will be comforted by the cows presence but unable to nurse. Cows, like humans, will search for their babies in the last place that they knew they were. One way to play on this instinct and minimize

your cow escape situation is to separate cows and calves in their current pasture, remove the cows to another place then remove the calves to wherever you will be weaning them. Once the calves have been removed, bring the cows back to the original pasture. They will search for their missing babies within this space. A method that can have reduced separation stress is when you separate the cows and calves in the same area divided by a strong fence. They can still see and communicate with each other but are forced to dine separately. The downfall is calves are flexible creatures and can crawl through small and low places, so you may be separating more than once. Nose plates are another great low stress option. By applying the nose plates on calves while in the pasture the cows will wean the calves from milk themselves. No one likes to be

poked. The calves will be forced to feed on grass, water, and any other supplements you provide while still being in the comforting presence of their mother. For a young calf and a pregnant cow, the least amount of stress induced is always better. You should preform castration, branding, and initial vaccinations well before weaning at 2-3 months of age to minimize stress at the time of the event. Overall the weaning process should last seven to fourteen days. By applying effective weaning techniques and preforming them during the ideal times, a cattle producer only increases his odds of producing more high-quality calves and preserving the health of his entire herd. Which is the goal in the end anyway, right?

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Livestock Oilers Proven Effective for Fly & Lice Control

Brahma Frames ●

2x as heavy as before & galvanized Accommodates all sizes of livestock

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Phone: 618-632-6770 Matt or Jules Eversgerd

Common Sense Mfg. • HEAVY DUTY hydraulic wire winder • Mounts to 3-point hitch or loader bucket • AVAILABLE IN GREEN


Charlies’ Cowdogs NEW RELEASE

How to Train & Handle the Cowdog TWO DISC SET

Registered Hangin Tree Cowdogs and Puppies for sale. Over 25 years of breeding, training and using Hangin Tree Cowdogs. ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED Founding Member of the WRCA

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American Cattlemen August 2018  
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