Daily Archives: January 28, 2011

A Better Way to Feed Hay

A Better Way to Feed Hay

Kindra Gordon

Hereford World

It may sound peculiar, but Neil Dennis of Wawota, Saskatchewan, Canada, starts putting out bales for winter feeding in the fall — long before the snow and winter weather sets in. He may position 600 bales in a pasture, each about 20 feet apart.

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Steve Cornett:  Taco Bell’s No-Win Defense

Steve Cornett:  Taco Bell’s No-Win Defense

Beef Today

We should have been suspicious when we heard they called that rat-looking little “Quiero Taco Bell” dog “Senor Filler.”

Ok. That’s unfair, but Taco Bell got themselves into this, and it will be entertaining to watch them dig their way out.

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Proper Written Contracts Important for Ranch Managers

Proper Written Contracts Important for Ranch Managers

John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law

Cattle Today

We all know that recordkeeping is important for tax purposes, as well as for keeping track of day-to-day activities on the ranch, but most ranchers do not keep the right kind of records.

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What Number Nerds Don’t Know About Country Store Arithmetic

What Number Nerds Don’t Know About Country Store Arithmetic

John Harrington


While the current bull market in livestock futures is as fun to watch as a fireworks display at Disney World, there’s something about the exploding sky that just doesn’t add up.

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The High Price of High Prices

The High Price of High Prices

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

One of the most successful and long running television programs is The Price is Right. First broadcast in 1956, the show has contestants compete to win cash and prizes by bidding on the pricing of the merchandise. The original program involved four contestants bidding on expensive products, doing so in the manner of auctions, except that the host Bill Cullen did not act out the role of auctioneer.

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Plenty of questions remain about chronic wasting disease

Plenty of questions remain about chronic wasting disease


Can livestock (beef or dairy) contract chronic wasting disease? A couple weeks ago, I was driving by the Elk Run area near Pine Island and noticed beef cattle grazing on the same land where elk tested positive for CWD in 2008.

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Wes Ishmael :  Growing Amid Contraction

Wes Ishmael :  Growing Amid Contraction


At least 20 years ago, I heard Dave Nichols of Nichols Superior Beef Genetics in Bridgewater, IA, tell a group of cattle producers that the nation’s cowherd at that time was the largest in our lifetimes. History has proven his foresight. He told me recently that for all practical purposes the same statement can be made today.

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Addressing Cattle Feeding Strategies

Addressing Cattle Feeding Strategies


The future of Midwest cattle feeding will be discussed at the 2011 Cattle Feeders Day on February 16 at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau in Sycamore, Illinois.

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Young Sand Hills ranching couple are rare species

Young Sand Hills ranching couple are rare species


World-Herald News Service

Shane and Kristi Daniels traded buckets of sweat equity for the chance to own a ranch in Nebraska’s Sand Hills.

Five years ago, the Daniels signed a lease with the Nature Conservancy that included an option to buy Horse Creek Fen Ranch north of Mullen at its 2005 appraised value.

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