I’m still here! What Extension folk do in the winter months…
Dr. Chris Raines, Pennsylvania State University
My primary appointment at Penn State is in Cooperative Extension, a national program started in 1914 by the Smith-Lever Act. In short, the Extension functions as a credible, researched-based resource that informs its stakeholders about developments in agriculture. I work with various groups, including livestock producers, butchers, food retailers, and the general consumer.
R-CALF Testimony Heard
The House Ag subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk held a hearing last week focused on the Commodity and Futures Trading Commission’s implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
The Recip Side of the Embryo Transfer Business
If flushing donor cows doesn’t pencil out for your operation, there is still a way to add value to a commercial herd with embryo transfer. Many purebred producers today will gladly pay someone else to provide recipient cows and raise the embryo calves until weaning.
Calving Season Tips for Producers
Grant Dewell, Sherry Hoyer
Iowa State University
As calving season begins, producers are keeping one eye on the weather and the other eye on the cows. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell shares five tips on helping calving season be as successful as possible for producers, regardless of the weather conditions.
Steve Cornett: No Peace for Beef’s Leadership
If anything became clear at the annual confab/cat-fight of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, it’s that the rift between the two sides is taking on the intractability of Mideast peace efforts.
Kenny Barrett Jr., DVM, MS
Tri State Livestock News
Colostrum is the “first milk” produced by mammals immediately after giving birth. This white gold is similar to milk, but is packed with proteins, cells, signaling molecules, enzymes and sugars beneficial to the health and wellbeing of the calf. Think of it as the “Wheaties” to start life out right.
Livestock dealer is nation’s biggest
Enid News and Eagle
In 1936, Karl Winter started Winter Livestock in Dodge City, Kan.
Many years later, Ray Winter and his son, Mark Winter, brought the business to Enid in the early 1990s.
Since then, it has become the largest independent cattle marketing company in the nation. The Enid-based company sells about 600,000 cattle annually.
Is EPA Out of Control?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is engaging in a power grab that threatens the future of production agriculture in the U.S., according to two state officials. A lack of careful oversight by Congress has allowed the agency’s personnel to contrive policies that lack both scientific peer review and common sense.
NCBA Statement Regarding H.R. 1
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall issued the following statement regarding the passage of three amendments to H.R. 1, legislation to fund the federal government through the end of this fiscal year, that if passed by the Senate will block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) funding to regulate dust and implement its Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) rule for the Chesapeake Bay and its nutrient criteria rule for Florida.
Getting Into The Stocker Business
Dr. Ken McMillan
I always advise someone just getting into any new livestock venture to find a good mentor and an experienced veterinarian to help guide them through the learning process.