BeefTalk: Why Did the Calf Die?

BeefTalk: Why Did the Calf Die?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

A good goal for calving success is to have 97 percent of all calves that are born walk into the weaning pens this fall. This can be achieved, although not easily, through appropriate management, working with the environment and a good interaction with industry professionals, including an appropriate health, nutrition and genetic program.

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Does the Heritage Foundation Hate American Farmers?

Does the Heritage Foundation Hate American Farmers?

NorthernAG.net

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

The Heritage Foundation is cranking up its anti-American agriculture propaganda machine in an effort to destroy what remains of the farm safety net just as Congress begins the process of writing the next farm bill.

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The good and bad of new executive order for agriculture

The good and bad of new executive order for agriculture

Logan Hawkes

Southwest Farm Press

Nearly three and half months after his inauguration, President Trump has signed an executive order targeting agricultural issues that seems to indicate major concerns facing the industry may finally be addressed by the White House in the near future.

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Baleage Mistakes Can Lead to Major Health Consequences

Baleage Mistakes Can Lead to Major Health Consequences

Michelle Arnold, DVM

Baleage or “wet wrapped hay” is simply forage of a relatively high moisture content that is baled with a round baler and then sealed in a plastic bag or wrapped in plastic, to keep oxygen out. Anaerobic bacteria (those that live without air) convert sugars in the forage to lactic acid which in turn lowers the pH and preserves the forage as silage, with full fermentation completed within 6-8 weeks.

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Rancher puts $5,000 on calf killer

Rancher puts $5,000 on calf killer

Dylan Darling

The Register Guard

Wanted: a cattle killer and beef thief on the southern Ore­gon Coast. An unknown person or persons shot two yearling beef calves in a pasture along Highway 101 earlier this month, according to the Oregon State Police. The shooter killed one of the calves, which was then cut up — or field dressed — and its meat taken from the ranch, police said Tuesday. The other calf was wounded but not killed, police said.

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Cargill is selling two cattle feedlots, exiting that portion of the beef industry

Cargill is selling two cattle feedlots, exiting that portion of the beef industry

Kristen Leigh Painter

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cargill Inc. is selling its two remaining cattle feedlots in Kansas and Colorado, marking the company’s complete exit from this aspect of the beef industry.

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Beef cattle reminders for spring

Beef cattle reminders for spring

Brandon Sears

Richmond Register

Prevent grass tetany! Provide magnesium in the mineral mix until daytime temperatures are consistently above 60 degrees. Mineral supplement should be available at all times and contain a minimum of about 14 percent magnesium.

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