William Secor

  • Dr. William Secor -Grilling season has begun in earnest. Beef price data suggests beef demand is strong during this important sales period. Retail prices for the month of May jumped by three percent compared to last month, are five percent above last year, and well above the previous 5-year average. Recent weekly beef cutout values…

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  • Fescue, At Your Service?

    Jason Duggin – Fescue can serve as a main forage supply, but there are some things that need to be considered to mitigate the toxic endophytes. In this article, Jason Duggin will discuss some of the important considerations for beef cattle producers grazing Fescue in the Southeast.

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  • Brent Credille, DVM, PhD, DACVIM – New state and federal regulations have been implemented that will have a dramatic impact on how antimicrobials are used in food-producing species. Most producers are familiar with the existing Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulations that affect the use of common antimicrobials in the feed and water of production livestock.…

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  • Pedro Fontes, Ph.D. One of the most important management practices for a cow-calf operation is the establishment of a controlled breeding season. There are a number of benefits that producers miss out on when they fail to adopt a controlled breeding season, benefits that will be discussed in this article.

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  • Dr. Francis Fluharty, Ph.D. As the movement to regional food production increases, smaller-scale beef processing plants are opening. The result is that many people who have not had a long history of finishing cattle on high-grain diets are starting to feed cattle. In this article, Dr. Fluharty provides an overview of acidosis in feedlot cattle…

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  • Darren Henry, Ph.D. The last couple of weeks have really tested my ability to work with a level head. Normally, when I am not out working with young stock, I try to stay cool as a cucumber. If you ask my wife, who has worked thousands of head with me over the years, she’ll tell…

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  • Dr. Darren Henry Lately, I have had time to do some thinking. I mean do some really serious, been sitting in a deer stand for 4 hours watching squirrels procreate kind of thinking. One of the topics that has been on my mind is loss. Throughout life, we all have lost something or someone we…

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  • Brent C. Credille, DVM, PhD, DACVIM – Evidence-based deworming programs have the potential to enhance cow herd productivity and profitability through improvements in mature cow reproductive performance and calf weaning weights. In this article, Dr. Credile will discuss several relevant aspects of deworming in beef herds.

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  • Recent Developments in Estrus Synchronization Protocols

    Pedro Fontes, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist – The 2023 sire directories from genetic companies are now available to beef producers. In addition to including a wide variety of new sires, these directories also include updates in their estrus synchronization protocol sheets. These updates include new protocols that are now validated and endorsed by…

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  • The Toolbox

    Jason Duggin, Public Service Assistant, Department of Animal and Dairy Science – At our operations and even our homes, we tend to not always have every tool that we may need. It may be that we need a seed drill, but it’s more economical to lease one. From a management standpoint, there are tools that…

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