Articles tagged with: Beef Cattle

Vet Insight: Orphan Calf Care

This week we start a new series that will be offered throughout the year from Veterinarians from the OSU Veterinary College in Stillwater. This week, I spoke to Dr. Rosslyn Biggs about orphan calf care. Transcripts available upon request. ### Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state [ Read More ]

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Water Consumption and Parasites

This week Dana is joined by Dr. Dave Lalman to provide a update on two focuses in his beef research team. On tap this week is water consumption in cold by mature lactating beef cows and the Parasite Resistance Project. Want to find out more about the parasite resistance project? Click the link, access more [ Read More ]

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Livestock Markets and Ag Insights with Trent Milacek

We are back this week with Trent Milacek, Risk Management Advisor with CoMark Equity Alliance. Trent talks livestock markets but also some insights on how to remain flexible and relevant in todays ag climate. Utilizing Livestock Risk Protection for Feeder Cattle – this publication is a little old but a good resource for giving you [ Read More ]

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Crop Markets with Trent Milacek

This week Josh and Dana were joined by Trent Milacek for a discussion on the crop markets. Trent gives his insights about ARC vs. PLC on this recent YouTube Video Transcripts are available upon request. ### Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and [ Read More ]

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Tis the season for Bloat!

This week Dana invites Dr. Paul Beck to talk about the bloat in cattle on wheat pasture. February and March is prime time for bloat in wheat pasture calves making it a very relevant discussion. Tune in to hear about the different types of bloat, why it occurs, and what products are available to manage [ Read More ]

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Using Urea in Beef Cattle Diets

This week, Dana has a discussion about Urea use in beef cattle diets with Dr. Dave Lalman. Resources: Considerations of Urea Use in Beef Cattle Diets – SDSU Article Urea and NPN for Cattle and Sheep – Colorado State Article A Comparison of Cottonseed Meal and Urea in Low Protein Winter Range Supplements for Cattle [ Read More ]

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The Likelihood of Returns from Preconditioning Management

This is the second part of a two part series on OQBN and the various management practices associated with it. In this series, Dr. Kellie Raper reports on her finds as the “lady behind the numbers” in the OQBN program. Dana and Kellie look at the value of preconditioning, lot size, sex, castration and dehorning. [ Read More ]

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Is Preconditioning Worth it?

This starts a two part series on OQBN and the various management practices associated with it. In this series, Dr. Kellie Raper reports on her finds as the “lady behind the numbers” in the OQBN program. Dana and Kellie look at the value of preconditioning, lot size, sex, castration and dehorning. View the OQBN website [ Read More ]

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OSU Extension to host Cattlewomen’s College October 4th-5th in Beaver, OK

Calling all Cattlewomen! OSU Extension is hosting a two-day all-inclusive program designed for women in the beef industry.  Come learn from OSU Extension Specialists and enjoy fellowship in the heart of the Oklahoma Panhandle.   50 Spots are available. $75 per person (check) Make Checks Payable to Harper County OSU Extension 1001 N. Hoy P.O. Box [ Read More ]

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Beef Dairy Cross Calf Performance Part 2

This week, Dana follows up with Dr. Paul Beck on the finishing performance of beef/dairy cross calves in a research study at the OSU Willard Sparks Research Center.

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Beef – Dairy Cross Calf Performance with Dr. Beck

This week, Dana Zook speaks with Dr. Paul Beck about his groups research on the performance of beef x dairy cross calves.

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“Even cows need to earn their keep!” with Dr. Barry Whitworth

Tune in this week to hear a discussion about pregnancy checking, the options, and benefits of this under-utilized management practice. A Planning Calendar for Beef Cattle Herd Health (link) Bovine Trichomoniasis (link) Beef Cull Cow Management and Marketing Alternatives (link)

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Big Changes to OTC Antibiotics after June 11th

This week Dana speaks with Dr. Barry Whitworth about how over the counter antibiotics are not going to be available after June 11th, 2023. After this time, all antibiotics will require a prescription from a licensed veterinarian. Producers who haven’t consistently used a veterinarian in the past will need to establish a working relationship with [ Read More ]

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The Misbehavior of Eastern Redcedar

This week, Dana invites Dr. Laura Goodman back to discuss the negative impacts of Eastern Redcedar on our nations grasslands. They discuss how the Eastern Redcedar has become commonplace in our grasslands across the U.S. and the importance of control to maintain rangeland health. Sources for this episode include: Eastern Redcedar as a Hazardous Fuel [ Read More ]

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Preserving Native Range in Drought

This week Dana speaks with Dr. Laura Goodman, OSU Extension Range Specialist about the impacts of drought on native range. We discuss stocking rate and the new Rangeland Analysis Platform (RAP) tool that can help producers anticipate forage growth in the upcoming growing season. Click the link for the Rangelands Analysis Platform (RAP) To look [ Read More ]

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Spring Prep for Deer Season

This week, Dana joins Dr. Dwayne Elmore for a discussion on the spring and summer preparations hunters and landowners can do to prepare for fall hunting season. OSU Factsheet – Quality Deer Management in Oklahoma OSU Factsheet – Reducing Mortality of Grassland Wildlife During Haying and Wheat Harvesting Operations OSU Factsheet – White-tailed deer Habitat [ Read More ]

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Developing a Successful Relationship with your Veterinarian

This week, Dana sits down with Dr. Meredyth Jones, Associate Professor at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine to discuss a survey that she did with Rural Oklahoma Veterinarians. Through the survey, Dr. Jones asked for perspective on what makes the livestock producer-veterinarian relationship successful. Veterinary Viewpoints: Cultivating veterinarian and producer relationships – article by [ Read More ]

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Manage Risk with LRP

This week, Trent discusses Livestock Risk Protection, a great program for producers to manage risk on cattle. Tune in to hear about how this product is an alternative to hedging and can be useful for smaller groups of cattle. LRP OSU Factsheet – this is a little out of date but is a good reference [ Read More ]

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Cold Weather Preparations for Livestock

This week, Trent, Dana and Josh discuss cold weather preparations for livestock. Tune in for discussion on feeding, water, liquid feed, and safety during cold weather! Stay warm out there! Important Links: Cow Calf Corner Newsletter featuring info on Cold Weather Nutrition Podcast from the past on Managing Cold Stress in Beef Cows Interested in [ Read More ]

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Nitrate and Prussic Acid: Is it Poisonous or Toxic?

In this episode Josh, Dana and Trent discuss nitrate toxicity and prussic acid poisoning risks for livestock utilizing summer forages. Transcripts of episode available upon request. Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of [ Read More ]

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Is Worthless Hay Worth Less?

In this episode Dana, Josh and Trent discuss the value of hay and traditional supplements to assist producers with the difficult chore of purchasing rations for winter feeding. Transcripts of episode available upon request. Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as [ Read More ]

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Feeding Cows in Drought with Dr. Dave Lalman

This week Dana is joined by Dr. Dave Lalman to talk about supplementation and feeding the beef cows this winter amidst continued drought and low forage supplies. Request a copy of the OSU Beef Cowculator a ration balancer for Beef Cattle of all production stages Limit Feeding Concentrate Diets to Beef Cows as as Alternative [ Read More ]

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Local Butcher Shop; a Meat Lovers Dream

This week Dana speaks with Eldon Campbell, Garfield County Native, former 4H’er and OSU Graduate about his journey to becoming part owner of the small business called T&C Meats in Enid, OK. T&C Meats, a small local butcher shop that opened in 2017, has been a huge success selling prime steaks, premium ground beef, and [ Read More ]

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Get Ready to Plant Wheat

In this episode Trent and Josh recap the summer extension season and give producers some tips on planting wheat this fall. Transcripts of episode available upon request. Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments [ Read More ]

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A Hybrid of Grain and Forage Finished Beef with Dr. Paul Beck

This week Dana continues the finishing beef conversation with Dr. Paul Beck. Forage or grass finished beef has it’s market share with consumers but it actually can be very challenging to produce. Forage management is key to having high quality forage at all times of the year, even through a tough Oklahoma drought! Paul discusses [ Read More ]

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The Basics of Finishing Beef with Dr. Paul Beck

This week, Dana starts a two-part series with Dr. Paul Beck about small scale finishing beef. This episode will discuss nutrition, facility, selection and health considerations for those who might be interested in finishing their own beef on their farm. Finishing Beef Cattle on the Farm AFS-3303 An Introduction to Finishing Beef AFS-3302 Transcripts of [ Read More ]

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Stockpiling Forages to Decrease Feed Costs with Brian Pugh

This week, Dana talks with Brian Pugh, OSU Extension Northeast Area Agronomist for insight into stockpiling Bermudagrass and other forages. Stockpiling is a way to reduce both hay feeding and supplementation in livestock operations. Mother nature has a role in the success of stockpiling but opportunities exist in both the Eastern and Western parts of [ Read More ]

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Addressing the Rural Vet Shortage

This week, Dana sits down with Dr. Rosslyn Biggs to discuss the fact that rural Oklahomans are experiencing a severe shortage in large animal veterinarians. Through grant funding, Dr. Biggs and many others at OSU are hosting a new in person module series called the OSU Integrated Beef Program to address this. Interested Veterinarians and [ Read More ]

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A Closer Look at Pinkeye with Dr. Rosslyn Biggs

This week Dana sits down with Dr. Rosslyn Biggs to discuss a common summer issue in beef cattle called Pinkeye. OSU Pinkeye Factsheet Dr. Barry Whitworth explains Pinkeye on Sunup Dr. Glenn Selk explains the heritability of eye problems in Beef Cattle on Sunup Transcripts of episode available upon request. Oklahoma State University, in compliance [ Read More ]

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Wheat Needs a Drink

Josh and Trent discuss the current Oklahoma wheat crop and what producers should think about in terms of input management and harvest time decisions. Feel free to ask us a question! extensionexperience@okstate.edu

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Calf Vaccine Research Direct from OSU

This week Dana talks with OQBN coordinator Jeff Robe about his Masters Thesis project focused on vaccination timing of calves using OQBN vaccine protocols. For more information about his research, contact Jeff Robe at 405-744-4268 Find out about the upcoming Calf Health Clinics offered by a OSU County Extension Office near you: Extension Meeting Host [ Read More ]

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What’s Up With the New Farm Bill?

In this episode Josh and Trent are joined by Dr. Amy Hagerman to discuss farm bill deliberations and possible changes that could be coming with a new farm bill. https://experts.okstate.edu/amy.hagerman https://extension.okstate.edu/programs/farm-management-and-finance/e-farm-management-training/index.html We would love to answer your questions! Please email any questions to extensionexperience@okstate.edu

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Have You Managed All That Risk?

In this episode Josh and Trent talk with Dr. Amy Hagerman about risks on the farm and ways to mitigate losses in the event that disaster strikes. We cover insurance and FSA programs that can be useful to producers in their times of greatest need. https://experts.okstate.edu/amy.hagerman https://extension.okstate.edu/programs/farm-management-and-finance/e-farm-management-training/index.html We would love to answer your questions! Feel [ Read More ]

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The Big Question: Haul the Feed or Haul to Town

This episode Dana, Trent, and Josh continue their discussion on the state of the wheat as a forage crop. This is a good discussion about the reality of the drought and what little wheat is left to graze. Do producers hang on to calves in hopes for summer grass or do they cut their ties [ Read More ]

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Managing Cold Stress in Livestock

This week Dana, Trent and Josh discuss cold and inclement weather and what it means for beef cows. Check out the Cattle Comfort Advisor on the Oklahoma Mesonet Estimating Water Requirements for Mature Beef Cows AFS-3299 If you are interested in the feeder calibration clinics mentioned at the end of the episode check out the [ Read More ]

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Managing Goats for the OK Prairie Project

This week we return to the Stateline Sheep and Goat Project and discuss more specifically with Laura and Cooper about managing the goats for the prairie project. Tune in for info on goat nutrition, fencing, guardian dogs, and kidding. Introduction to Prescribed Fire Online Course – Cost $20 Check out Natural Resource Extension’s Social Media [ Read More ]

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Fire, Goats, and Cattle: A Recipe for Native Range Improvement

This week Dana interviews Dr. Laura Goodman and Cooper Sherrill about The Prairie Project. This project utilizes patch burning management and multispecies grazing to improve native range in central Oklahoma. Check out Natural Resource Extension’s Social Media Pages: The Prairie Project on facebook @prairierestored Oklahoma State University Natural Resources Extension on facebook @OklahomaLands

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Pesticide Applicator Training Updates

In this episode Josh and Trent discuss changes to the private and certified applicator training process for Oklahoma producers. There is a new testing procedure and new opportunities for CEU for private applicators which has not been available before. If you are a certified or private applicator, listen in to see how the changes affect [ Read More ]

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Wheat Pasture COG: Are You Valuing Your Wheat?

In this episode, Josh and Trent discuss the penalty from grazing wheat in a dual purpose system and how much it will cost producers to run cattle on this forage source. With the increased cost of wheat and higher input costs, producers should analyze their budget situation to make sure they are receiving enough money [ Read More ]

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Preconditioning Defined

This episode we invited Jeff Robe back to discuss calf preconditioning and the OSU preconditioning program, Oklahoma Quality Beef Network. If you would like to order tags, visit the OQBN website and look for “Order Tags Online” on the right. Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Website

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Beef Demand Behind the Scenes

This week Dana invites back Heather Buckmaster, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Beef Council. This week the focus is beef demand and the 35th Anniversary of the Beef Checkoff. Tune in to find out how OK consumers rank against other consumers outside our state. We also take a behind the scenes look at how the [ Read More ]

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What does the OK Beef Council do for you?

This week Dana is joined by Heather Buckmaster, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Beef Council. They discuss the origins of the state beef councils, the checkoff and how the OBC promotes beef within the state, nation and around the world. Visit the Oklahoma Beef Council Website Interested in learning more about the Beef Checkoff? View [ Read More ]

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OSU Master Cattlemen

This week, Dana speaks with Dr. Kellie Raper about OSU’s Master Cattlemen Program. Started in 2004, Master Cattlemen has evolved to now publish it’s eighth edition of the Beef Cow Manual. Join us for a fun discussion about the program and exciting news about upcoming classes.

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Fly Talk with Brian Freking

Brian Freking joins us this week for a timely discussion on horn fly control in beef cattle. As the most negetively impacting insect for beef, understanding horn fly management is crucial to summer gains in stockers and milk production in mature cows. Beef Cattle Ectoparasites Factsheet

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Beefing up Silage Production; Part 2

This week we welcome Dr. Renato Schmidt, Forage Product Specialist from Lallemand Animal Nutrition for a discussion on silage production. Dr. Schmidt flew in from Wisconsin to talk to Olahoma producers at a Silage meeting in Fairview on May 18th. Part 2 covers silage feedout and silage safety. Lallemand Animal Nutrition Quality Silage – website [ Read More ]

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Ask a Vet: Bludgeoning BVDv

We finalize this series on BVDv with a cattle health discussion with OSU Extension Vet, Barry Whitworth. Barry gives great insight on the disease, symptoms and prevention measures. Managing Persistently Infected BVDv in Cattle BVD is Alive and Well in OK

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Ask a Vet; Guide to Calving

Oklahoma cattle producers are deep into calving season. This week we have a Calving Q&A session with one of our Extension Veterinarians, Dr. Barry Whitworth. Calving Time Management for Beef Cows and Heifers E-1006 Cow-Calf Corner – Stage 1 of Calving Video 1/23/21 Cow-Calf Corner – Stage 2 of Calving Video 1/30/21 Cow-Calf Corner – [ Read More ]

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Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDv) – A Real Life Story Part 2

The week we continue a 3 part series on BVDv and the impact on a local cattle herd. Part of the shipping fever pneumonia complex, this disease is wide reaching and impacts to the US cattle herd are significant. Think this doesn’t apply to you? Think again…this disease eludes producers with Persistently Infected (PI) animals. [ Read More ]

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Educator Spotlight: Earl Ward

This week we are highlighting Northeast Area Livestock Specialist, Earl Ward. This Oklahoma native hailing from Durant, OK brings nutrition expertise to the Extension system. His creative drive and unique sense of humor makes him excellent at both educator and ag producer education. Earl is located in the Northeast District Office in Muskogee, OK NEOK [ Read More ]

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Are your Cows Prima Ballerinas?

This is part two of addressing breeding season readiness in the beef herd. Earl Ward joins us from Northeast Oklahoma to address this timely topic. Body condition, feeding and supplementation are all on tap in this episode. Supplementing Beef Cows ANSI-3010 Body Condition Scoring of Beef Cows ANSI-3283

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Does Wheat Pasture Work for Mature Cows?

This week your hosts discuss how to use wheat pasture for mature cows. Scenarios of full access to wheat and limit grazing are discussed along with the economics of this unique grazing option. OSU Weekly Ranchers Lunchtime Series YouTube Video: Supplementing Cows on Wheat Supplementing Beef Cows Factsheet: Using High Quality Pastures to Supplement Low [ Read More ]

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History of Wheat Pasture

The week, we invited Greg Highfill back to enlighten us on the history of wheat pasture grazing in Oklahoma. Greg started his career in the 1980’s when a great deal of wheat pasture research was first coming to light. In response, Greg developed many valuable programs over the years to help producers be more successful [ Read More ]

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Grazing Crop Residues

This week we talk about the nutritional value of crop residues for cattle. These acres are valuable but have a limited “shelf-life”. Tune in to find out the basic on this alternative grazing option. The Potential of Grazing Grain Sorghum Residue Following Harvest PSS-2607 Nitrate Toxicity in Livestock PSS-2903 Prussic Acid Poisoning PSS-2904

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Beef Cow Mineral Overview

This week your hosts talk about minerals for beef cows. We cover a variety of topics including mineral consumption, limiting mineral intake, mineral forms and feeders, and the four main minerals needed for beef cows. Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition of Grazing Cattle E-861

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Insights into CFAP

This week your hosts give a general overview of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Details for livestock and crops are covered with some insights into specialty livestock and sales commodities. Be sure to visit you local county FSA office for more information and for assistance signing up. Check out the CFAP Website for more details

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Farm to Market with Dr. Derrell Peel

This week we has the pleasure of visiting with Dr. Derrell Peel, OSU Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist. We of course discuss livestock markets but dive into many other facets of Dr. Peels career and life. His continued love of learning and fascination with global agriculture has lead him on trips all over the world. We [ Read More ]

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Double Crop Talk: Weed Control and Grazing

This week your hosts discuss weed control in double crops. Herbicide selection and management were the main topics with some tips about application in hot conditions. How does stress play a role the effectiveness of a herbicide? What is the value of these crops as forage? What are the implications of grazing a crop that [ Read More ]

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Fly Control: 5 Things to Know

In this episode, your hosts discuss fly control in beef cattle. Topics that are covered include 1) Identification of the insect, 2) Why control and what are the impacts of no control?, 3) When are flies a problem?, 4) What methods of control are available?, and 5) Resistance Prevention. Episode Resources: Recent Livestock and Horn [ Read More ]

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