Monthly Archives: February 2011

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


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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Issues of concern with the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup™)

Issues of concern with the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup™)

There has been recent media coverage of a letter written by Dr. Huber, retire professor from Purdue University’s Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, to USDA Secretary Vilsack identifying his concern over the widespread use of glyphosate (Roundup™) causing negative impacts on soil and plants as well as possibly animal and human health. Since Purdue was identified in the media coverage, we are getting calls and emails asking questions about the validity and credibility of the statements. In response, a group of scientific experts in the areas of soils, plant pathology, and weed science from Purdue University have created an Extension Fact Sheet that provides a “scientific evaluation” of what we know and don’t know. This fact sheet is worth reading to be informed about the issues and to dispel the rumors.


Ron Lemenager, PhD. PAS

Beef Extension Specialist

Purdue University




BeefTalk: Does the Early Bird Get the Worm?

BeefTalk: Does the Early Bird Get the Worm?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Following a bird hatch, remnants of abandoned nests can be found. There may be indications that not all of the birds survived the incubation or early upbringing.

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How to Market during Volatile Times

How to Market during Volatile Times

Beef Today

Today’s commodity markets are extremely volatile, notes a University of Missouri Extension agriculture business specialist. Obviously, prices make a big difference in a grower’s profitability. So what is the best way for a grower to deal with price volatility?

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Feeding Cows 101

Feeding Cows 101

Kent Hanawalt

Montana Cowboy College

The grass in Montana is some of the best in the world. Cattle grow quickly through the summer, and gains are cheap. In fact, the whole romantic idea of cowboys and cattle drives began with trailing herds of cattle up from Texas into the rich prairie grasslands to fatten through the summer before being shipped by rail to markets in the east.

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