Daily Archives: January 20, 2009

Video Feature: When is the best time to hold an animal on feed?

Video Feature:  When is the best time to hold an animal on feed?

Purina Mills

Keys to measuring profitability in the feedlot

Keys to measuring profitability in the feedlot

A. DiCostanzo, University of Minnesota Beef Team

Farm and Ranch Guide

Factors affecting feedlot profitability are defined by those related to economic (outside the feedlot) or management (within the feedlot) conditions.

Economic factors include purchase and sale prices, feed prices (usually a function of corn prices) and interest rate. Management factors include those that affect average daily gain (ADG) and/or feed efficiency (FTG).

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Matching Milk Production and Cow Size to Resources

Matching Milk Production and Cow Size to Resources

Matt Spangler, Beef Specialist, Breeding and Genetics University of Nebraska

Cow weight is probably easier to wrap your mind around than milk production, but research has shown that cows with the genetic propensity to milk heavily require more nutrients year round, not just when they are milking. The National Research Council (NRC) data shows that a cow who produces 25 lbs. of milk at peak lactation requires 10% more feed energy than a cow producing 15 lbs. of milk at peak lactation.

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Hoosier Livestock Groups Join Together to Fight Legislative Challenges

Hoosier Livestock Groups Join Together to Fight Legislative Challenges

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

Regulating livestock agriculture in the state is once again a hot topic at the Statehouse. Several bills have been introduced into the Indiana General Assembly dealing with how to regulate the Indiana livestock industry. Needless to say, they have caught the eye of livestock groups includeing the Indiana Beef Cattle Association. “There are many bills in this session of the legislature both positive and negative,” said IBCA Executive Director Julia Wickard. She told HAT the livestock industry is backing a bill sponsored by State Senator Beverly Gard that provides regulation without limiting the growth of the livestock industry in the state, “Senator Gard has a piece of legislation (SB221) that will recognize those good producers who have not had a violation.”

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Beef farmers urge more packers

Beef farmers urge more packers


Peterborough Examiner

Governments need to make changes to the cattle industry to save the family farm, says a director with the National Farmers Union.

Darrin Qualman, the association’s research director, is touring Canada and meeting farmers to discuss concerns in the industry.

“We need to stop these takeovers and mergers,” Qualman told The Examiner last night.

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Grazing school for novice ranchers accepting students

Grazing school for novice ranchers accepting students

Robert Burns, Texas A&M

North Texas e-News

Though nitrogen fertilizer prices have recently dropped, most other ranching costs remain high, and ranchers still have to track costs to make operations pay.

The 2009 Overton Pasture and Management Workshop is designed to help both the inexperienced and experienced rancher fine tune livestock operations to reduce costs of inputs and increase returns, said Dr. Monte Rouquette, Texas AgriLife Research scientist.

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Hauling ‘Em Right

Hauling ‘Em Right


Drive by any auction barn on sale day and you’ll see the full gamut of pickup trucks and stock trailers — big ones and small; new and old; clean, shiny ones and some that look like they could use a little TLC.

The vast majority of calves born in the United States will see the inside of a stock trailer at least once, and probably multiple times. University of Tennessee Extension beef specialist Clyde Lane, PhD, and others involved in the national BQA program want to help producers ensure those trailer rides are good ones, protecting beef quality, animal welfare and the reputation of the industry.

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