Daily Archives: January 23, 2012

Spreading Manure on Frozen Ground

Spreading Manure on Frozen Ground

Mauricio Espinoza

Beef Today

Saturated field conditions last fall and early this winter have made it difficult for livestock producers in Ohio and the Midwest to apply manure.

Full Story

Top meat antitrust regulator quits

Top meat antitrust regulator quits

Yahoo Finance

A top federal antitrust regulator for meat companies is stepping down.

J. Dudley Butler will end his tenure next week as head of the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration, the agency said Thursday.

Full Story

Specialist discusses limit-feeding hay

Specialist discusses limit-feeding hay

Mark Parker

FarmTalk

Beef producers faced with limited standing and stored forage may be able to significantly reduce hay needs this winter.

Limit-feeding hay, reducing hay waste and feeding an ionophore can decrease winter hay needs by a third, Oklahoma State University Beef Specialist Dave Lalman told producers attending the recent KOMA Cattle Conference in Dewey, Okla.

Full Story

Beef Packers on Suicide Watch

Beef Packers on Suicide Watch

John Harrington

DTN

If the meat business operated in a psych ward (and many frustrated packers are now being fitted for strait jackets), concerned attendants would be herding beef processors into a big padded cell, confiscating belts, razor blades and shoe laces as they locked the door behind.

Full Story

Improving the calf crop for cattle producers

Improving the calf crop for cattle producers

Greg Bowman

Calhoun Times

I recently returned from a retreat for my Leadership Calhoun/Gordon class. One section of our retreat was to look at many factors of our local community.

Full Story

Ruminant Digestive System

Ruminant Digestive System

Dr. Thomas Caceci

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

For the most part, the digestive system of ruminants is very similar to that of other mammals, but the stomach is considerably different from the so-called "monogastric" condition. The word "ruminant" comes from the Latin ruminare, to think; and as wildly laughable as the idea of a cow "thinking" may be, nevertheless, the contemplative and placid expression on a cow’s face as she "chews her cud" does sort of give the impression that she’s dealing with serious world problems.

Full Story

Are grass-fed cows better for the earth?

Are grass-fed cows better for the earth?

Reed Jackson

Beaverton Valley Times

On Tualatin Acres Farm, the grass is thick, the air feels clean and the cows look happy. No machine noises can be heard. No cramped cages or feeding lots can be seen on this fourth-generation family farm outside Hillsboro and Cornelius.

Full Story