Daily Archives: June 14, 2007

Basic Design of a Lease Agreement for Cows

Basic Design of a Lease Agreement for Cows

Ropin’ the Web

Drought impacts grass production and feed availability. This document addresses some of the issues you and your landlord will need to consider when renting pasture or “boarding” your cows.

The Who, What and Why

Date of the Agreement?

Who are the Parties in the Agreement?

Prepare a statement that sets out the intent of the agreement that both parties agree to. For example: This agreement is entered into for the housing, feeding and caring of cattle as a result of a drought situation faced by the owner of the cattle.


Cattle Update: Is Preconditioning Cost-Effective?

Cattle Update: Is Preconditioning Cost-Effective?


Do the returns from preconditioning exceed the costs associated with the practice? Will appropriate rewards accompany the additional time, labor and expense that goes into preconditioning a set of calves? The answer may differ from one producer to the next. Many producers have shied away from preconditioning programs based on a perception that the buyer receives most of the benefits and may not adequately compensate the cow-calf producer for the added value. A recent Colorado State University survey of feedlot managers revealed that they would be willing to pay premiums for several value-added practices should they fit the purchase criterion, including the willingness to pay more for calves managed using a proper vaccination schedule (83.3 percent).


Cows and Goats

Cows and Goats

by: Baxter Black, DVM

Cattle Today

Vicki asked if I’d ever run any goats. None, I said. We don’t have the right fence. Matter of fact, in Arizona we work on one of the lower investment management principles, the “illusion of a fence.”

It seems to work good on my cows. I inherited lots of old fence and corrals along with the cows I bought. Cows walk up to a two-strand bob wire fence with one willer stay and then confer, “Whoa back, Bessie, I believe this is our perimeter. We can not advance further!”

“What ya mean we can’t advance further! We could walk under that water gap carrying the Mexican flag and juggling avocados.”

“No, no Bessie, not here in Arizona. If it looks like a fence, it is one. Therefore, we can’t go through it.”


White, 69, is remembered for making a difference

White, 69, is remembered for making a difference

Renowned Va. Extension forage specialist known as ‘type of person who comes along every 100 years’

By Jane W. Graham

American Farm

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Dr. Harlan Edward White, 69, who died on June 5 after an extended illness, is being remembered as a good man who made a difference in the lives of many and as a research scientist whose work made an impact on the world.

“Dr. Harlan White understood grasslands and the people who manage them like very few others,” said Dr. Steven C. Hodges, head of the Virginia Tech Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences in an e-mail, of the retired Virginia Tech Extension forage specialist.

White, who retired about 10 years ago after 28 years at Virginia Tech, was a leading forage scientist and was recognized by his fellow scientists and agriculturalists with numerous statewide, regional and national awards, Hodges said.

“Harlan was the type of person who comes along every 100 years,” said Jerry Swisher, a retired Extension dairy scientist, farmer and close friend. “He had the ability to lead people and make a truly significant contribution to society and agriculture that will have a tremendous impact.”

The Seaford, Del., native was educated at the University of Maryland and Rutgers University. He served in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps, being discharged with the rank of captain, before joining Virginia Tech’s Cooperative Extension Service in 1966.


University Of Tennessee Field Day Is July 26

University Of Tennessee Field Day Is July 26

Hay and Forage Grower

The University of Tennessee Making Forages Work Field Day will be held Thursday, July 26, at the Middle Tennessee Research and Education Center, Spring Hill. It will feature information about dealing with high fertilization costs and evaluating forage options. Other scheduled topics include establishing switchgrass and advantages of net-wrapping large bales. Grass management and cattle behavior sessions are also planned.


Ag Research Station to host field day

Ag Research Station to host field day

Marshfield News-Herald

Crops, fertility, forages will be the focus of the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station’s Summer Field Day on June 27.

The event begins with refreshments at 10 a.m. and a Marshfield Station update by staffers Tom Drendel and Mike Bertram at 10:20 a.m.

The 90-minute morning program begins at 10 a.m. with UW-Madison soil scientist Carrie Laboski discussing manure phosphorus availability to corn, followed by UW agronomist Joe Lauer discussing crop rotations and UW agronomist Chris Boerboom talking about corn herbicides.


Across the U.S., stress from drought spreads

Across the U.S., stress from drought spreads


USA TODAY/Detroit Free Press

DENVER — Drought, a fixture in much of the West for nearly a decade, now covers more than one-third of the continental United States. And it’s spreading.

As summer starts, half the nation is either abnormally dry or in outright drought from prolonged lack of rain that could lead to water shortages, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a weekly index of conditions.

The index shows Michigan is nearly drought free, with only some counties in the western Upper Peninsula experiencing a moderate drought.

Welcome rainfall from the recent Tropical Storm Barry brought short-term relief to parts of the fire-scorched Southeast. But up to 50 inches of rain is needed to end the drought there, and this is the driest spring in the Southeast since record-keeping began in 1895, according to the National Climatic Data Center.