Daily Archives: September 10, 2009

United on All Fronts

United on All Fronts

Dan Rieder

Simmental Register

Indiana native Tim Kochert (pronounced Co-shirt) admits that he had the ‘flying bug’ from the first time he looked up to the sky and saw an airplane. That fervent attraction led him down a round about path to a career as a pilot with United Airlines.

Today, he’s still flying passenger jets even while he and his family maintain a quality herd of Simmental cattle near Windsor (population: 6,000) only a few miles east of Colorado’s majestic Rocky Mountain Front.  

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Ration Balancing on the Ranch

Ration Balancing on the Ranch

Rachel L. Endecott and Clay P. Mathis

New Mexico State University

On most ranches there are times when cattle are fed commodities such as hay or grains. However, delivering these commodities in the appropriate proportion and quantity to meet nutrient requirements and production goals can be challenging. The ability to balance a ration can be beneficial to producers by helping them cost effectively achieve production goals.

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Common Mistakes in Growing Alfalfa 

Common Mistakes in Growing Alfalfa             

Eddie Funderburg

Noble Foundation

With high protein prices, many people are thinking about growing alfalfa, some for the first time ever. While alfalfa can be very profitable, there are some common mistakes that can take you from profitability to loss quickly. Following are some of the most common mistakes I see new alfalfa growers make. If you can avoid these mistakes, you have a good chance to be on the profit side of the ledger rather than in the hole.

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A receiving checklist on arrival programs

A receiving checklist on arrival programs

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

Although the media and the general public don’t always realize it, producing safe, affordable food is a highly skilled job. And, the first task of those responsible for producing this food is to maintain optimal health in the animal. To keep track of the many illnesses and diseases that could wreak havoc on that goal, producers should develop guidelines and checklists to follow from year to year.

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Down On The Grass-Fed Farm: The Beef May Be Better, But It’s Still Damn Hard Work

Down On The Grass-Fed Farm: The Beef May Be Better, But It’s Still Damn Hard Work

Jayme Rutledge

Dallas Observer

Sweat pours down Marguerite’s sun-baked face. She feels briars scratching through her dusty jeans. The buzzing and biting of mosquitoes is maddening. So is the old fence lining one of the back pastures. It’s broken again.

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2009 Cow Country Congress to be held Sept. 25 in Walker County

2009 Cow Country Congress to be held Sept. 25 in Walker County

Reggie Lepley

Agrilife News

“Participants will have the opportunity to visit with a variety of commercial exhibitors several times during the course of the day between presentations, demonstrations and tours of the host property,” said Reggie Lepley, AgriLife Extension agent in Walker County.

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Career opportunities in ag

Career opportunities in ag

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

With layoffs and job cuts making headlines this past year, what’s been the impact on the ag and natural resource job market, and what is the ag career outlook?

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