Thursday, May 5, 2016

Are You Ready for Breeding Season? from Drovers

Thursday, May 5, 2016 | Web Version
Two considerations often come to the top of the list when thinking about management strategies for setting the cowherd up for high pregnancy rates: 1) nutrition and 2) moving late calving cows up in the breeding season. Read More
Only one to two months ago the spring calving cows were calving, the temperatures were colder and the calving pastures were covered with muck and manure. Read More
An ionophore is a feed additive used in beef cattle rations to improve feed efficiency and animal gains. Ionophores improve fermentation characteristics in the rumen, which leads to improved production efficiency. Read More
Hold the line on feed costs
Forages are the lowest-cost way to feed your herd. Get more with GrazonNext® HL herbicide, the new generation of superior broad-spectrum weed control. From thistles to broomweed and from ironweed to ragweeds, GrazonNext HL controls the toughest broadleaf weeds all season long.
While largely unfounded, it has been widely accepted that a relationship between blood urea nitrogen and fertility exists in beef cows. Read More
From time to time people ask, “What is the cheapest way to control weeds in pastures?” A healthy, vigorous pasture grass will choke out most weeds that try to get established.Read More
Select With Confidence
PredicGEN® is designed for commercial cow-calf producers with straight-bred or crossbred British/Continental animals that are less than 75% Black Angus to:
•Inform carcass and consumer trait performance
•Help select replacement females
•Add associated value to calves through various feeder/fed cattle marketing programs.
Falling cattle prices, where is the bottom?
Cattle prices have had a rough spring. After peaking in late 2014 and early 2015, prices have been adjusting downward from very lofty peaks. High prices and profits at that time provided the incentives to expand beef production. Read More
Beef production surges in April
Beef production is made up of two parts, the number of cattle slaughtered and their weights. Steer and heifer slaughter in April 2016 was up an estimated 1.8 percent over the year before. Read More
Season Long Control
Your cattle will look so good the neighbors will stare. Talk to your veterinarian or visit for more information on prescription LONGRANGE®(eprinomectin).
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Eye in the Sky, Squealing Pigs, and Other Pipeline Mysteries Revealed -by Chris Thome Program Coordinator Pipeline Ag Safety Alliance

Buried pipelines transport the energy needed to operate our businesses, homes, and farms. There are over 2.5 million miles of pipeline in the U.S. that lies beneath farmland, ranchland, and across our country. Pipelines are the safest mode of transportation in the United States. A barrel of crude oil or petroleum product shipped by pipeline reaches its destination safely more than 99.9999% of the time.

Pipeline operators work hard to ensure that health, safety, security, and environmental concerns are all addressed. Pipeline companies work to prevent releases by evaluating, inspecting and maintaining pipelines in a program call Integrity Management. Many of the activities you see out on the pipeline right-of-way (ROW) are company personnel ensuring the safe and reliable operation of the system.

You may be wondering, "Why is that plane flying low and slow over my land?", "why are they cutting down brush and trees?" Or you may have heard about someone "pigging a pipeline". Here are some common activities you may notice qualified pipeline company representatives performing on land near you.

Aerial Patrol

Pipeline company representatives fly over pipelines at regular intervals to perform inspection. They look for discolored ground or dying vegetation, or a sheen on the water as signs of a possible leak. Any nearby construction is noted and a call to the local field office is made. Pilots look for any buildings or obstructions on the ROW (called encroachments). Pipeline patrol is an essential element of Integrity Management programs.

In-Line Inspection and Maintenance "Pigging"

For many years the pipeline industry has used devices to clean the inside of their pipelines. These devices to clean the inside of their pipelines. These devices called "pigs", scrub and scrape waxes and other contaminants that can build up on the interior walls. The first such devices were made of straw and wire, and made a squealing noise as they traveled through the pipeline, thus earning the name "pigs".

Today, high-tech in-line inspection (ILI) tools travel through the pipe and measure and record irregularities that may represent corrosion, cracks, laminations, deformations, (dents, gouges, etc.), or other defects. Because they run inside the pipe in a manner similar to the scrubbing and scraping devices known as pigs, these in-line inspection tools are often referred to as "smart pigs".

Right-of-Way (ROW) Clearing

The pipeline ROW must be kept clear of trees, tall vegetation, or any structures. It is important that the pipeline patroller's visual inspection isn't impeded by tree canopies, buildings, or other encroachments. It is also important to keep the pipeline ROW free of trees because roots could grow into and damage the protective coating of the pipeline, and in case of an emergency, responders need to be able to access the area quickly.

Mainline Valve Inspections

Pipeline systems have valves located throughout their entire system. These valves are used to isolate sections of the pipeline when conducting maintenance and would be operated in case of an emergency. Routine inspections verify that the valves operate properly.

Hydrostatic Testing

Hydrostatic testing can be an important part of the pipeline's integrity management program.  During the test the pipeline is filled with water at pressures higher than normal operating pressures. The water is colored using an environmentally safe dye, so that if there is a leak, it can be identified and repairs can be made. Hydrostatic testing can last 8-12 hours or more, and is a safe and effective way to proactively look for problems that could result in a release.

Corrosion Inspections 

In its natural state, all metals corrode at various rates depending on make-up. Pipeline companies use a number of different methods to protect against corrosion and ensure safe operations of pipelines. Pipelines use sophisticated coatings and cathodic protection (electric currents) to fight against corrosion. When a pipeline is properly installed and maintained it can operate safely virtually endlessly. Pipe-to-ground and close interval inspections ensure corrosion protection is operating properly.

These are a few steps pipeline companies take to ensure the safe operation of our nation's pipeline infrastructure. The next time you see a white pickup truck or one with a pipeline company logo working on or around your land, stop and say hello, ask what they are doing. It is important we all work together to keep your farm, and our environment, safe. 

All of us at the Pipeline Ag Safety Alliance look forward to continuing our work together to help keep your clients and our environment safe.  

Monday, August 31, 2015

Relationship with vet prepares producers for change - by Bryan Nichols, Noble Foundation

consultants have
always encouraged
producers to have
relationships with
their local veterinar-
ians. A veterinarian-
client-patient rela-
tionship (VCPR) is necessary so the
best decisions and practices can be
put in place to maintain a healthy
herd. Key elements of a VCPR include
that the veterinarian engage with the
client (i.e., the producer or caretaker)
to assume responsibility for mak-
ing clinical judgments about patient
(i.e., animal) health, have sufficient
knowledge of the animal by conduct-
ing examinations and/or visits to the
facility where the animal is managed,
and provide any necessary follow-up
evaluation or care. Also included in
this relationship is an agreement by
the client to follow the veterinarian’s
Most producers are probably
aware of the need for a VCPR since
it is already required to purchase
certain medications. However, many
medications have been available over
the counter for use by producers as a
means of therapeutic treatment and
growth promotion. Much of this is
changing. On June 3, 2015, the Veteri-
nary Feed Directive (VFD) final rule
was issued. This includes Guidance
213, which was finalized in December
2013. Guidance 213 gives detailed
information regarding the definition
of “medically important” antibiotics,
a process for updating product labels
and the data required for companies
to obtain approval of any new thera-
peutic uses. The important date to
remember is
Jan. 1, 2017
. This is the
deadline by which drug sponsors
must withdraw approved production
uses, and veterinary oversight will be
required for drugs that are deemed
“medically important.” Remember,
the label is the law. Regarding a VFD,
not even a veterinarian is allowed to
prescribe extra-label use of an in-feed
antibiotic. An example of this is chlor-
tetracycline (CTC). In the past, CTC
has been labeled for increased rate
of weight gain and improved feed
efficiency, and it could be purchased
without a veterinarian’s consent. It
is widely used in mineral mixes. As
soon as the label is changed, with
the deadline date being Jan. 1, 2017,
CTC can no longer be used for growth
promotion; its in-feed use for thera-
peutic purposes, such as anaplas-
mosis, will have to be authorized by
a veterinarian through a VFD. Chlor-
tetracycline is just one example. Ask
your veterinarian about others that
may affect your operation.
It is important to note that
ionophores are not included as
a medically important antibiotic.
Ionophores are classified as a
polyether antibiotic, but they are not
used in human medicine. A veterinary
feed directive will not be necessary
to purchase ionophores unless they
are being used in combination with
another antibiotic that is deemed
medically important, such as CTC and
lasalocid (Bovatec).
A veterinarian-client-patient
relationship is more important now
than ever before. A veterinarian
should be and will have to be your
main source of information regard-
ing use of antibiotics. If you do not
currently have a VCPR with a local
veterinarian or are not sure if you do,
start the conversation. Get to know
your veterinarian. 
- taken from  Ag News and Views - Volum 33/Number 8/ August 2015   for a complete copy of the Newsletter go to