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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EPA blog — nonsense at new high

EPA blog — nonsense at new high

Elton Robinson

Delta Farm Press

An EPA intern recently posted an opinion on EPA’s public blog, Greenversations, which was essentially a hatchet job on livestock production.

It wasn’t so much the shabby research or the cheery, utopian view of veganism that rubbed me the wrong way. It was the fact that she took a decidedly anti-agriculture viewpoint on a government Web site.

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Storage options for wet byproducts

Storage options for wet byproducts

Greg Lardy

Tri State Livestock News

As we move into late spring and summer, seasonal demand for a variety of feed byproducts starts to lag. This creates buying opportunities for many wet commodities as processing companies lower prices to move product. The biggest challenge with wet byproducts on any farm, ranch or feedyard is storage, especially if you are looking at long term storage.

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The New Range War: The Fight for Texas’ Water

The New Range War: The Fight for Texas’ Water


The Cattleman

Prolonged droughts are nothing new in Texas — the seven-year drought of the 1950s forced many ranchers out of business — but the state’s increasing population and the resultant water demand threaten to create a perpetual drought.

To stave off that environmental and economic disaster, the state has created more comprehensive water planning and water management measures.

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More Diagnostic Capabilities For Animal Health

More Diagnostic Capabilities For Animal Health


Veterinarians in the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine now have the ability to look for causes of lameness, neurological disorders and other conditions in animals thanks to new imaging equipment in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

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Cow Disposition Affects Pregnancy Rate

Cow Disposition Affects Pregnancy Rate

Dr. Glenn Selk, Professor-Animal Reproduction Specialist, Animal Science – Oklahoma State University

Now we have another good excuse to cull cows due to bad temperament. Producers that routinely breed cows artificially realize that cows that are unruly and nervous are less likely to conceive to artificial insemination.

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Beef Industry Scholars program gives students solid background

Beef Industry Scholars program gives students solid background

High Plains Journal

For the first time in its four-year history, the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has freshman, sophomore, junior and senior members.

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Kentucky Proud and Alltech Angus Take the Long Way Home

Kentucky Proud and Alltech Angus Take the Long Way Home

David Mudd

I was also surprised to hear the relatively more conventional Bourbon County cattle farmers who led the tours of their farms talk about their efforts to minimize or eliminate their use of commercial pesticides and herbicides, the rotational grazing and composting that keep their pastures vigorous and productive without the use of commercial fertilizers, and the focus on genetics and nutrition that help keep their cattle healthy so they can minimize or eliminate their use of antibiotics and growth hormones.

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Fine-Tune Hay Harvest

Fine-Tune Hay Harvest

Sara Brown

Beef Today

When the sun is shining, you better be baling. But before you start cutting hay, take a close look at your mower conditioner, rake and baler. Correct management of the cutting and conditioning process will save you money and drying time this summer, while yielding high-quality forage.

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