Daily Archives: January 15, 2009

Video Feature: How do you keep long hair on market steers?

Video Feature: How do you keep long hair on market steers?

Purina Mills

Development of yearling bulls

Development of yearling bulls

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Appropriate bull selection and excellent reproductive performance is critical for both purebred and commercial cattle herds.

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Black Hills Stock Show continues broadening attractions

Black Hills Stock Show continues broadening attractions

Tri State Livestock News

The Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo is trying to broaden its attraction to people who normally might not attend, says Brad Estes of Rapid City, SD, who is serving his third stint as president of the board of the Central States Fair, Inc., which produces most of the non-pro rodeo parts of the huge winter stock show in Rapid City.

“One of my goals is to bring new events to the table, broaden the base and bring people to the Stock Show who might not otherwise come,” Estes said.

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New Tax Update Available For Farm Families

New Tax Update Available For Farm Families

Southern Livestock

 For tax years 2008 and 2009, there are a number of changes affecting farm families. Changes resulted from the passage of federal tax laws, including the Small Business Work Opportunity Act of 2007 and the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008.

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Match.cow

Match.cow

Kim Watson

Beef Today

When it comes to pairing up bulls and cows, you might wonder if humans don’t have the right idea. You can fill out a form that lists what you want, post it on the Internet and let the computer find potential matches for your herd. But, as with humans, the key to finding that perfect match is knowing what you are looking for first, and then determining the right strategy to get you to your goals.

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What is the custom rate/rent to the land lord for hay rent when it’s put up in sm sqs?

What is the custom rate/rent to the land lord for hay rent when it’s put up in sm sqs?

Dr. Jerry Volesky, Associate Professor of Agronomy, West Central Research & Extension Center, University of Nebraska

A:   As you might expect, there are a wide variety of hayland rental agreements that exist. These can include those on a per acre basis, different percentage shares of the hay, or as in your case, payment of a percentage of the current market price.

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USDA Proposes NAIS Rules Changes

USDA Proposes NAIS Rules Changes

Hoosier AG Today

  USDA has issued a proposed rule that would make changes to the National Animal Identification System. Those changes include a requirement that official animal identification tags used for disease programs include a premises identification number. The main goal of the NAIS is the ability to trace back animals to their farm of origin within 48 hours in case of an animal disease.

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CAFO Rule Changes Could Impact Indiana Farms

CAFO Rule Changes Could Impact Indiana Farms

Thebeefsite.com

Changes to federal concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) rules have experts waiting to see how Indiana farms will be affected when the state updates its own rules this year.

Tamilee Nennich, Purdue University assistant professor and Extension dairy specialist, said no one is sure how the state will change its rules to come into compliance with new federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements for CAFOs.

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Principles Of Ruminant Nutrition To Be Taught

Principles Of Ruminant Nutrition To Be Taught

Tyler Melroe

Marshall County Journal

How much thought do you put into the diet you deliver to your cowherd or feeder cattle? How important is the delivery of an accurate ration to you? Are you interested in knowing more about balancing your rations and alternative feeds?

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Meat From Animals Grazing On Natural Grasslands Tastier, Healthier

Meat From Animals Grazing On Natural Grasslands Tastier, Healthier

Redorbit

Cattle and sheep grazed on natural grasslands help maintain biodiversity and produce tastier, healthier meat, according to a study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The research, part of the Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) program which draws together the social and natural science, concluded that pasture-based farming is good for the environment, the consumer and the producer but needs stronger support from British policy makers if it is to realize its full potential.

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Cow Gas Tax Not Happening

Cow Gas Tax Not Happening

Arleene Barrios

KFOX

Rumors have been going around that the Environmental Protection Agency wants to tax livestock to regulate the greenhouse gases they emit.

Here’s an interesting question; How would you like to be taxed for passing gas? Rumors have been going around that the Environmental Protection Agency wants to tax livestock to regulate the greenhouse gases they emit. The idea has dairy farmers scratching their heads.

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2009 Master Beef Producers class to begin in February

2009 Master Beef Producers class to begin in February

The Newport Plain Talk

Steven Huff, Cocke County Agriculture Extension Agent

The University of Tennessee’s Cocke County Extension Office is announcing plans for its 2009 Master Beef Producers class. Producers need to pre-register for the class by Jan. 28.

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AFBF Delegates Applaud IFB’s Call to Defend U.S. Livestock Production

AFBF Delegates Applaud IFB’s Call to Defend U.S. Livestock Production

Illinois Farm Bureau

Illinois Farm Bureau delegates led a push at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting to keep the national organization focused on its strong support of domestic livestock production.

In the face of attacks from animal activists, ballot initiatives, and local livestock siting controversies, delegates attending the AFBF annual meeting overwhelmingly approved IFB’s proposal for an aggressive defense of animal agriculture.

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High Plains Genetics under new ownership

High Plains Genetics under new ownership

Jan Swan Wood

Tri State Livestock News

The future of regional livestock reproduction has been made stronger by the sale of High Plains Genetics Research, Inc. to a group comprised mostly of investors from the Black Hills area.

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Reading Manure Piles Good Way to Evaluate Nutritional Well-Being of Cattle

Reading Manure Piles Good Way to Evaluate Nutritional Well-Being of Cattle

Seneca News Dispatch

For many years, television and the movies have depicted the beef cattle business as a glamorous or even romantic way of life.

But at least one important management tool of the business — reading manure piles – isn’t glamorous but can be an important part of beef cattle nutrition management.

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