Mark Parker: The Top 10 stress relief tips for farmers

Mark Parker: The Top 10 stress relief tips for farmers

FarmTalk

  1. Communication: Explain to the miracle product salesman where he can go and provide directions for getting there.
  2. Exercise: Forget your coffee so you have to climb up and down the tractor twice, throw tools when you’re mad, do Zumba with that one crazy cow in the sorting pen.

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Hernias In Calves

Hernias In Calves

Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN

While no one has proven umbilical hernias are hereditary, I do not think anyone doubts they are. Even if hereditary, you may not see a problem again with the same mating. Just to be safe, I would use a different bull if possible.

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Grouping Calves For Sale – Good Idea or Bad?

Grouping Calves For Sale – Good Idea or Bad?

Don Ashford

On Pasture

A couple of years ago the idea was brought up by some of the members of what was left of the Heifer Project groups in our area that it would be beneficial to all involved to put their calves together for marketing.

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Heifer size not the best tool for selecting heifers for longevity in the Southwest.

Heifer size not the best tool for selecting heifers for longevity in the Southwest.

Lindsay King

Applied Reproductive Strategies

Heifers should have their first calf by the age of 2. However, that is dependent on their reaching puberty early, and puberty is a function of age and body weight, noted Bruce Carpenter, Texas A&M University animal science associate professor and extension livestock specialist

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Supplementing for Calf Weaning Success

Supplementing for Calf Weaning Success

Drovers

Fall is just around the corner, and many spring-born calves — if they haven’t been already — are about to be weaned. We spend a lot of time discussing ways to reduce weaning stress, in addition to using a program to keep our calves nutritionally healthy — and, hopefully, gaining — through this period.

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Despite a Hay Making Season to Forget, Options Remain!

Despite a Hay Making Season to Forget, Options Remain!

Stan Smith

Farms.com

I know I’ve shared this story before, but considering the weather most of Ohio experienced, it’s appropriate to tell it again. Dad was a mechanic for a local farm implement dealer. Once while out on a service call in mid-summer he asked the farmer if he’d gotten his first cutting hay made. The response – in a deep German accent – was, “Yes, it got made . . . but it rained so much I never got it baled.”

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EU Ready for Talks over U.S. Beef

EU Ready for Talks over U.S. Beef

Southeast AgNet

The European Commission sought approval from its 28-member states last month to open negotiations with Washington. The approval process is expected to be completed next week to allow negotiations to begin.

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