Daily Archives: May 4, 2011

Intensive (MOB) Grazing:  How to get more food, sustainability?

Intensive (MOB) Grazing:  How to get more food, sustainability?

Rodale Institute

Carbon sequestration is important not only in our age of a changing climate, but in renewing and fertilizing soil. We grapple with how best to manage these carbon issues, debating which type of meat production has the lowest carbon footprint, what form of agriculture sequesters the most carbon, how to maintain an ecological balance and still be efficient producers.

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Big-Time Marketing for Small Producers

Big-Time Marketing for Small Producers

Angus Beef Bulletin

Becky Mills

If you are a smaller-scale producer, chances are you know all too well the challenges of marketing your calves. No matter how much effort and money you put into genetics, nutrition and herd health, when you run your quality calf through the ring, he probably isn’t going to bring much more than the lesser-quality calf in front of him.

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Performance of Bull Versus Steer Feeder Calves

Performance of Bull Versus Steer Feeder Calves

 John Blanton

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

When selling feeder calves, it is understood that bull calves will often receive a discount over steer calves. Buyers justify this discount by claiming that post-arrival castration of bull calves will result in decreased average daily gains (ADG) due to increased stress, disease susceptibility and days on feed. However, there is a debate as to what an appropriate discount is or whether there should even be a discount.

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EPA tries to win back farm states

EPA tries to win back farm states

ROBIN BRAVENDER

Politico

Lisa Jackson is looking for some friends down on the farm.

Farm-state voters have seemingly lost patience with Democrats in Washington. Last fall, the governorships and a combined 16 congressional seats in several key states that supported President Barack Obama in 2008 flipped to Republicans, including Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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Discovering ways to ensure beef safety

Discovering ways to ensure beef safety

Drovers

Because of your beef checkoff investment, interventions protecting the safety of beef have been validated and, ultimately, implemented in packing plants around the country. Your dollar is the impetus behind the integrated safety systems applied to all sectors of modern beef production.

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Herd Recovery Took One Simple Step

Herd Recovery Took One Simple Step

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

Ernie Ford was beyond perplexed. In August, he watched a five-year-old bull’s body condition crash and the bull die. In September, the same thing happened to another bull.

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Southwest Virginia farmers learn about grasses and growth

Southwest Virginia farmers learn about grasses and growth

Amanda Evans

SWVA Today

At an age when most people hope to retire, Emmett Bailey decided to become a farmer.

Sixty years old was no time to have a mid-life crisis and change careers—farming, no less—his friends told him.  They thought he was crazy.

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