BeefTalk: Bulls Furloughed Until Mid-July
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Just as the weather changes, so do agricultural operations. There are long- and short-term plans, but the actual work generally is somewhere in the middle. Planning is important because, without a long-term plan, it is very hard to have a short-term plan.
7 Do’s & Don’ts for Breeding Season
“Do things twice as well as you need to because the little mistakes at every point can really add up.” That’s the advice George Perry, a beef reproduction specialist at South Dakota State University (SDSU), gives to cow-calf producers as they prepare their herds — and their management tactics — for breeding season.
Prevention Is Worth More than a Pound of Cure
As spring calving progresses, it is time to prepare for the adversity that comes with it. Calf scours is one of the issues that we begin to deal with as we get deeper into the season.
Feeders Can Strike a Balance Between Grade and Grain
In a perfect world, cattle growth promotants would improve and increase marbling, too. Short of that, feeders can strike a balance between grade and gain, implant and marbling levels.
Bovine TB Confirmed In Michigan
Michigan officials say they’ve recently confirmed bovine tuberculosis in two Alpena County beef herds. State agricultural officials say that bovine TB has been detected in 52 cattle herds and four privately owned cervid operations, which usually involve deer, since testing began in 1998.
Harvesting high quality hay and haylage to keep feed costs down
Energy and protein supplements are expensive. To make a farm profitable, it is important to keep costs down and productivity up. The major cost in livestock production is feed cost.
East Texas farmers, ranchers feeling the effects of drought
It’s a drought in East Texas after the driest March on record. The area is nearly six inches short on rainfall and that’s affecting the local economy.
It wouldn’t be a Jacksonville farm without the famous tomatoes. That’s why Guinn Plant Farm is using these soaker hoses to keep their crops alive.
Ranchers struggle against giant meatpackers and economic troubles
A sea of cream-colored cowboy hats, the kind ranchers wear on their days off, fills a sterile conference room at the Fort Collins Marriott. Banners from groups like the Ranchers-Cattlemen Legal Action Fund and the Western Organization of Resource Councils add bright slashes of color, and warn that JBS, the world’s largest meatpacker, now controls 24 percent of all cattle produced in the United States.
Estate Tax Portability Election: Congress Expands the Federal Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions for Two Years
2010 was the year there was no federal estate tax. However, along with that, we were limited in the amount of available step-up in the basis of inherited assets.
MN to apply for statewide TB-free status
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced that the State of Minnesota will submit an application for statewide bovine Tuberculosis (TB)-Free status at the end of the month.