Daily Archives: February 28, 2011

So You Want To Help

So You Want To Help

Montana Cowboy College

Kent Hanawalt

When there is any talk of moving cattle, there are plenty of people who eagerly express their desire to help”. In most cases the job can be done just as well without you  maybe even better. But if you are invited to participate, bear in mind a few simple rules whose observance will make it much more likely that you will be invited again.

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Plan a Feeding Strategy to Improve Efficiency

Plan a Feeding Strategy to Improve Efficiency

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Looking for that next meal or asking the question “what’s for dinner,” is something most will do daily. Different situations or times of the week may call for something different or an affordable option that will stretch that dinner budget.

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EPD calculations aid in herd breeding

EPD calculations aid in herd breeding

Eddie Baggs

Denton Record Chronicle

With spring come green grass, newborn calves and rebreeding the cow herd. All things in the cattle industry seem to come full circle this time of year.

Breeding plays an important role in the improvement of the herd and the marketability of its offspring. Many traits are influenced by the herd sire.

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Ky joining animal welfare debate

Ky joining animal welfare debate

FOX 41

A new state commission is finding that setting standards for the care of farm animals is more complex than it may sound.

There’s lots at stake as the Kentucky Livestock Care Standards Commission wades into the animal welfare debate — a discussion stretching from farms to supermarkets.

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Busy lifestyles one factor in beef demand decline

Busy lifestyles one factor in beef demand decline

BARBARA DUCKWORTH

Producer.com

The cattle industry can trace many of its woes to declining beef demand, says a Purdue University researcher.

Beef demand is half what it was in 1980, and consumers continue to turn away from it despite some recovery in 2004, James Mintert told the recent International Livestock Congress held in Denver.

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Stupid, Maybe; Crazy, No

Stupid, Maybe; Crazy, No

Troy Marshall

BEEF

Chalk me up as one of those who didn’t get overly excited about the dust regulations that the Environmental Protection Agency proposed under the Clean Air Act.

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Recession contributes to reduction in number of operations

Recession contributes to reduction in number of operations

TIM HEARDEN

Capital Press

A two-decade trend of livestock industry consolidation continued in 2010, according to an annual farm survey by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

However, the declines in beef, dairy, hog and other operations last year were apparently caused more by a sputtering economy than by large producers getting larger.

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Pasture planning is key to profitability

Pasture planning is key to profitability

Rory Lewandowski

Farm And Dairy

The most effective use of pastures does not just happen. Foresight and planning are necessary.

At the end of January, I taught a session about evaluating hay quality and use of hay in beef cattle rations at a Hocking County beef school.

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Changing a ration recipe to include more sulfur allows greater use of distillers grains

Changing a ration recipe to include more sulfur allows greater use of distillers grains

Krystil Smit

Farm & Ranch Guide

Distillers grains have grown in popularity in beef cattle diets because of their economic and protein value, but the amount a producer can feed has been limited by sulfur levels in the diet.

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Managing cold stress in beef cows in winter

Managing cold stress in beef cows in winter

JEFFREY JADERBORG

The Prairie Star

In a year of high feed prices and colder than average winter weather, produces have been challenged by the decision on how to best meet the nutritional needs of their herds economically. Evaluating cold stress and cow body condition is an important task because it can have a significant impact on cow and calf health.

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