Daily Archives: December 14, 2011

Late-pregnancy nutrition important to cowherd

Late-pregnancy nutrition important to cowherd

Greg Lardy

Tri State Livestock News

For most spring calving operations, your cows are now at the end of the second trimester or into the third trimester of pregnancy. If you haven’t done so already, take time now to evaluate cow body condition to determine whether or not your cows are in adequate condition for calving.

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Managing Beef Winter Feeding Sites to Protect the Environment

Managing Beef Winter Feeding Sites to Protect the Environment

Jerry Lindquist and Natalie Rector

Michigan State University

As beef cow producers bring their herds in from summer pastures to smaller lots for the winter, they should consider two potential situations that they are creating. The first is an opportunity to gather a winter’s worth of manure in a small location, value this fertilizer and then utilize it in the spring. The second is the need to accomplish the first before snow melt and spring rains wash the nutrients away.

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A no-win situation

A no-win situation

Sam Gazdziak

National Provisioner

My job. Most of the time, my job involves sitting at my desk, listening to iTunes and writing stories. But because I happen to write about the meat industry, she thought it was gross. Now, I could have given arguments about misconceptions in the industry and the food safety advancements I’ve seen, but there would have been no point to it. Her mind was made up, and my experiences in the industry weren’t going to change her beliefs.

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Dust in the wind

Dust in the wind

The Hays Daily News

While many in America wonder why Congress appears virtually incapable of passing meaningful legislation, more cynical citizens at least can find amusement watching useless bills capturing attention, resources — and votes.

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Grassfed Meat: Making the Right Choices

Grassfed Meat: Making the Right Choices

Andrew Gunther

Huffington Post

As public interest in ethically produced food continues to flourish even in such difficult economic times, it’s perhaps somewhat inevitable that food businesses jump on the "grassfed" bandwagon.

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Nutrition injection system makes poor hay palatable

Nutrition injection system makes poor hay palatable

Fae Holin

Hay and Forage Grower

Southern dairy and beef cattle producers with low- to medium-quality round bales of hay can increase its palatability and possibly its nutritive value with a relatively new nutrition-supplement injection system. So says Mike McCormick, coordinator of Louisiana State University (LSU) Ag Center’s Southeast Research Station in Franklinton. It’s a molasses-urea injection system to increase palatability

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NDSU Feedlot School scheduled

NDSU Feedlot School scheduled

David Luessen

Valley City Times Record

The North Dakota State University Feedlot School has been scheduled for Jan. 24 and 25 at the university’s Carrington Research Extension Center.

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Will we run out of corn?

Will we run out of corn?

Derrell Peel

AG Professional

The answer to that question is no…as long as markets are free to adjust prices. One of the most remarkable characteristics of a market economy is how rare it is to run out of most anything.

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The Beef Industry at Valley Forge

The Beef Industry at Valley Forge

John Harrington


I have no plans to dress up like a wounded patriot with frostbitten toes, a tattered regimental coat and bullet-ridden three-cornered hat. But I will salute the spirit of Valley Forge in my own weird way: considering the future of the beef industry as cows march toward winter camp.

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Larger cows need better management

Larger cows need better management

Gayle Smith

Tri State Livestock News

Although the U.S. cowherd has decreased from nearly 45 million head in 1974 to 31 million head in 2011, the total pounds of beef produced annually has held steady at nearly 50 billion pounds over that same time period.

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