Daily Archives: June 14, 2010

Video Feature: Dr. Keith Johnson-How to Use a Grazing Stick

Video Feature:  Dr. Keith Johnson-How to Use a Grazing Stick

Dr. Keith Johnson shows how to use a grazing stick to estimate the amount of usable forage available in a pasture.

Methods Available to Estimate Forage Quality

Methods Available to Estimate Forage Quality

AG Weekly

Producers have ways to help them determine when to harvest alfalfa. Neutral detergent fiber concentrations can help producers determine when to harvest alfalfa as feed for dairy cows, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service dairy specialist J.W. Schroeder.

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Baxter Black, DVM:  THE LATE NIGHT CALL

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE LATE NIGHT CALL

Late night calls are usually not good news.  Especially if it is the police calling to tell you that a car has hit a cow on the highway.  Jack got the call at 11:15pm Friday night.  The local police all have his number because he knows the country, all the ranches and all the brands and…he’s the one they always call!

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Steve Cornett: Ground Beef at $8 a Pound

Steve Cornett: Ground Beef at $8 a Pound

Beef Today

Another follow-up on grass fed beef, stemming from our ongoing visit about Mark Schatzker’s book “Steak: One man’s search for the world’s tastiest piece of beef.”

The New York Times gave us another story this week on how there is more and more grass fed beef available in the big city. It includes a couple of quotes of that sort that makes my eyes narrow and my molars grind when I read about grass fed beef.

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Beef industry increases use of ultrasounding for traits

Beef industry increases use of ultrasounding for traits

KINDRA GORDON

AG Weekly

University of Wyoming Extension beef specialist Steve Paisley shared some of the opportunities offered by ultrasound technology to the beef industry during his presentation at the Range Beef Cow Symposium.

"Ultrasound offers us a way to evaluate the eating quality of the beef we produce by looking at carcass traits," he shared.

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Mold and insects can be problems for stored grain during the summer.

Mold and insects can be problems for stored grain during the summer.

North Dakota State University

The storability of grain depends on the grain’s quality, moisture content and temperature, according to Ken Hellevang, agricultural engineer with the North Dakota State University Extension Service.

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Beef cattle welfare a front burner issue

Beef cattle welfare a front burner issue

Candace Krebs

Ag Journal

On a recent sale day, Andy Hutchison arrived at the Pratt Livestock Auction with her husband Brad, a load of sale cattle and her laptop computer.

“I just take it so I can answer questions if I need to,” she explains.

More than ever before, Hutchison likes to stay connected. Three months ago she started a Facebook page that now has nearly 2,000 members. She also blogs, maintains four websites and uses Twitter to send short messages with links to articles and additional information.

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