Missouri Forage Specialist: Make Hay, Save Legumes
Farmers with more pasture than their livestock can graze this spring should prepare to make hay, said a University of Missouri Extension forage specialist.
“Get the grass canopy off and that will stimulate clover growth,” Craig Roberts told regional agronomists in a teleconference. Cool, wet weather created excess forage on pastures, especially those fertilized with nitrogen.
Roberts recalled previous springs of heavy rainfall when tall fescue grew up, fell over and smothered the clover growing in pastures.
USDA Predicts Beef Market Could Loose $13.2 Billion Without NAIS
Western Livestock Journal
Kansas State University researchers have concluded that the U.S. beef market stands to lose $13.2 billion from lost export markets alone if the industry does not improve its tracking system. The U.S. is far behind its global competition on the implementation of a mandatory National Animal Identification System, something that foreign buyers may require as a prerequisite to doing business in the future.
Central Coast Agricultural Co-op: Meat processing goes mobile
San Luis Obispo Tribune
The Central Coast Agricultural Cooperative has unveiled a gleaming 28-foot-long trailer that it hopes will reshape livestock production and marketing in San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Santa Barbara counties.
It is the first fully licensed mobile meat harvesting unit in California.
NCBA President: Let’s Look Beyond the Ballot Box
Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade
While Michigan might not seem like a hub in the beef cattle world, it has one unique distinction this year — it is home to National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Gary Voogt.
BeefTalk: I’m Getting Too Old for the Chicken Dance
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Dancing with Mother Nature – When should I calve? Dancing with Mother Nature – When should I calve?
Producers surveyed this spring anticipate delaying bull turnout this summer by nine days.
North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association members have a recorded an average daily gain of 2.52 pounds for calves on summer pasture. This means the 70,000 calves measured through the NDBCIA’s CHAPS program cumulatively gain on a daily basis 176,400 pounds, 1,764 hundredweight or roughly 88 tons.
Proper Injection Sites to Remember at Calf-working Time
Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University
- Also the new information (see last week’s newsletter) suggests that in some situations, calves may be vaccinated for the respiratory diseases, i.e. IBR and BVD.
A Non-farmers Guide to Agriculture
Hoosier AG Today
While recently being interviewed by WLPR, a public radio station in Lowell, IN, I was asked a question that set me back a bit. I was on their afternoon talk show to discuss the delay in planting and how that was impacting farmers. At the end of the interview, the host asked me, “Why should those of us not involved in agriculture listen to your farm programs and what should we listen for?”