Daily Archives: May 11, 2010

Video Feature: Baxter Black: Two Man Jobs

Have you ever tried to do a two-man job by yourself? Baxter Black details one of his such experiences. From US Farm Report

Health Guarantees for Feeder Cattle

Health Guarantees for Feeder Cattle

Dr. W. Dee Whittier, Extension Veterinarian, Cattle: VA Tech

Many times when cattle change hands there is some expectation of a certification of health regarding the purchased cattle.  However, these “guarantees” of health are somewhat ill defined.  One of the major questions about health guarantees relates to the sales of feeder cattle.

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Newer Grazing Techniques Save Big Money

Newer Grazing Techniques Save Big Money

Boyd Kidwell

DTN/Progressive Farmer

Using forage more efficiently has allowed Halifax County, Va., cow/calf producer Greg Wade to cut his hay feeding period from 135 days to just 45 days. (Progressive Farmer image by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Knox County)

If high fertilizer prices and hay costs are getting you down, it might be time to take a fresh look at rotational grazing. Rethink everything you thought you knew and try something completely different. That’s what Greg Wade did.

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Research recommends starting cattle on corn, finishing on co-products

Research recommends starting cattle on corn, finishing on co-products

AG Professional

The traditional practice of finishing cattle on corn may not be the only way to achieve high marbling, a desirable characteristic of quality beef.

Researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered that high-quality beef and big per-head profits can be achieved by starting early-weaned cattle on corn and finishing them on a diet high in co-products.

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Iowa Cattlemen Appoints New CEO

Iowa Cattlemen Appoints New CEO


The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) announced today the hiring of Duane Gangwish as their new CEO. ICA President Kent Pruismann from Rock Valley said, "Duane joins ICA with a broad knowledge of the cattle industry possessing a deep understanding of environmental issues." Gangwish replaces Bruce Berven who is retiring after four years at the helm.

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Potential Wheat Freeze Injury Determined By Several Factors

Potential Wheat Freeze Injury Determined By Several Factors

Kansas State University

A hard freeze was predicted for the night of May 7 in parts of Kansas. In such instances at this stage of development, wheat will suffer some injury. The extent of that injury will depend on several factors, said Brian Olson, K-State Northwest Area crops and soils specialist, and Jim Shroyer, K-State Extension agronomist.

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Green eating: its effects, good and bad

Green eating: its effects, good and bad

Dorian Silva

La Voz Weekly

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

I can’t walk into a grocery store without feeling nauseous, thinking about how my food was made and what was in it.

When walking through the store or purchasing food at a local eatery, it usually doesn’t come to mind how the foods we’re about to eat impact the environment. But don’t fool yourself, they do.

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