Daily Archives: May 4, 2011

Intensive (MOB) Grazing:  How to get more food, sustainability?

Intensive (MOB) Grazing:  How to get more food, sustainability?

Rodale Institute

Carbon sequestration is important not only in our age of a changing climate, but in renewing and fertilizing soil. We grapple with how best to manage these carbon issues, debating which type of meat production has the lowest carbon footprint, what form of agriculture sequesters the most carbon, how to maintain an ecological balance and still be efficient producers.

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Big-Time Marketing for Small Producers

Big-Time Marketing for Small Producers

Angus Beef Bulletin

Becky Mills

If you are a smaller-scale producer, chances are you know all too well the challenges of marketing your calves. No matter how much effort and money you put into genetics, nutrition and herd health, when you run your quality calf through the ring, he probably isn’t going to bring much more than the lesser-quality calf in front of him.

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Performance of Bull Versus Steer Feeder Calves

Performance of Bull Versus Steer Feeder Calves

 John Blanton

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

When selling feeder calves, it is understood that bull calves will often receive a discount over steer calves. Buyers justify this discount by claiming that post-arrival castration of bull calves will result in decreased average daily gains (ADG) due to increased stress, disease susceptibility and days on feed. However, there is a debate as to what an appropriate discount is or whether there should even be a discount.

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EPA tries to win back farm states

EPA tries to win back farm states



Lisa Jackson is looking for some friends down on the farm.

Farm-state voters have seemingly lost patience with Democrats in Washington. Last fall, the governorships and a combined 16 congressional seats in several key states that supported President Barack Obama in 2008 flipped to Republicans, including Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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Discovering ways to ensure beef safety

Discovering ways to ensure beef safety


Because of your beef checkoff investment, interventions protecting the safety of beef have been validated and, ultimately, implemented in packing plants around the country. Your dollar is the impetus behind the integrated safety systems applied to all sectors of modern beef production.

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Herd Recovery Took One Simple Step

Herd Recovery Took One Simple Step

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

Ernie Ford was beyond perplexed. In August, he watched a five-year-old bull’s body condition crash and the bull die. In September, the same thing happened to another bull.

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Southwest Virginia farmers learn about grasses and growth

Southwest Virginia farmers learn about grasses and growth

Amanda Evans

SWVA Today

At an age when most people hope to retire, Emmett Bailey decided to become a farmer.

Sixty years old was no time to have a mid-life crisis and change careers—farming, no less—his friends told him.  They thought he was crazy.

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Talking about Brand Inspection

Talking about Brand Inspection


Nebraska Cattlemen will be talking about brand inspection, brand recording and brand investigation at an upcoming Nebraska Cattlemen Brand Input meeting. This meeting will be held on May 25th at the Atkinson Livestock Market in Atkinson, Nebraska.

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Bedding Improves Productivity in Feedyard

Bedding Improves Productivity in Feedyard

LaRayne Topp


Leroy Petersen knows cattle. After all, he’s been finishing out the critters for the past 46 years. He just likes cattle, he says, and especially enjoys raising calves. But there’s a challenge to doing it right, he says.

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Forage Outlook: Mother Nature Holds All the Cards

Forage Outlook: Mother Nature Holds All the Cards

Kim Watson Potts

Beef Today

There are a number of challenges facing forage growers this year, whether you are growing grass for grazing or growing forage to bale as hay. Along with those challenges are opportunities for forage production, mainly due to tighter supplies and growing global demand for all commodities, which has translated into higher prices for corn as well as soybeans, cotton, cattle and hay.

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