Fighting Another Dairy Herd Buyout
Just as historically short cattle numbers are adding support to the topsy-turvy cattle markets, the dairy industry is seeking to make a buy-out program for that industry part of the nation’s economic stimulus package.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) sent a letter to the Senate last week opposing the proposal.
Don’t let ‘articulated’ vehicle laws park farm trucks
Farmers who transport crops, livestock and other agriculture-related items should start the new year on the right side of the law, said a Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service specialist.
Indiana State Police are enforcing state and federal transportation laws covering commercial motor vehicles, including pickup trucks that pull trailers for farm purposes, said Fred Whitford, coordinator of Purdue Pesticide Programs. Trucks with attached trailers are known as “articulated” vehicles, he said.
Q&A: Is there a base analysis of baled corn stalks feed value (C.P./TDN) that I can use?
Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska
It is best to get the corn stalk bales analyzed for moisture, energy (TDN), and protein. We have tested some corn stalk bales that were similar to average grass hay and some that tested like wheat straw.
The Changing Face of US Livestock
U.S. livestock production has shifted to much larger and more specialized farms, and the various stages of input provision, farm production, and processing are now much more tightly coordinated through formal contracts and shared ownership of assets.
Do I need to vaccinate my cattle for brucellosis?
It depends. We have almost completely eradicated the disease here in the United States, so it is unlikely that your herd will ever be exposed to the disease or need the protection afforded by the vaccine. Even so, it is very important that we continue to implement a control program to protect the national herd from future outbreaks of this disease. If you choose to vaccinate, remember that this is a calf-hood vaccine that must be administered according to state and federal regulations.
Renovating pastures? Try frost seeding
Frost seeding is viewed as a low-cost method for livestock producers looking to renovate pastures while increasing yields and improving quality with little commercial nitrogen.
Frost seeding involves broadcasting a grass or legume seed over a pasture and letting the natural freeze/thaw cycles of late winter and early spring move the seed into good contact with the soil. The best time to frost seed is usually from mid-February to the end of March.
Calls for Obama to Stop US Animal Identification Rule
The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund called on the new administration to permanently halt a U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed rule that would effectively mandate the implementation of the first two stages of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) for thousands of Americans.