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Meanwhile back at the ranch…

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By contributing writer Rayford Pullen
The rain finally arrived the middle of March in North Texas on just about the same day we are supposed to have our last spring freeze, March 15. Time will tell.
The weather has certainly been on the strange side with thunder and lightning in both February and March. And with Easter coming rather late this year, who knows, we may be in for another round of cold air in April.
Around our place it has been busy with lots of calves having been born and hopefully all should be here before the end of March. As noted in an earlier article, calves born after April 1 in North Texas, at least on our place, will not wean off as heavy as those born before then which is due to the fact that when the calf’s rumen begins functioning at around eight weeks of age, it will be June and the high quality spring forage will only be around for another six weeks.
With the momma’s milk production and forage quality both declining with the onset of hotter temperatures, lower gains will be the result. Calves born just two weeks prior to this time will have about a 50 pound weight advantage resulting in an extra $100 at sale time. Late-born calves cost you money. To read more pick up the April 2014 issue of North Texas Farm & Ranch.

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Ranch Biosecurity

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By Barry Whitworth, DVM

With beef, pork, and poultry exports playing a vital role in the economic health of livestock operations, producers need to understand the dangers that foreign animal diseases and other diseases may have on the viability of their operations.

The recent discovery of Influenza A H5N1 virus in dairy cattle demonstrates the vulnerability of livestock operations to disease events. Sick animals are not the only consequence of a disease outbreak. The economic cost associated with disease can be high. Also, in foreign animal disease outbreaks, export markets can be temporarily lost. Currently, Columbia has restricted fresh/frozen beef and beef products from states with dairy herds testing positive for Avian Influenza. The best defense against these threats is a good biosecurity plan.

To read more, pick up a copy of the June issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Ag Elsewhere: Montana

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In Montana, June brings irrigating, brandings, and some wondrous sights from Mother Nature.

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Ag Elsewhere: Wyoming

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By Tressa Lawrence

Happy June from the lands of Wyoming!

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