Daily Archives: March 20, 2012


Baxter Black, DVM:  THE CLUELESS

American, Canadian, European and, I assume, Australian citizens are becoming increasingly detached from the realities of attaining life’s three most essential necessities; food, fuel and shelter (FF and S). 

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State Laws Taking Aim At Animal Rights Groups

State Laws Taking Aim At Animal Rights Groups

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Iowa’s lawmakers have taken a very public stand in support of their farmers and ranchers, hoping to create a layer of protection against animal rights activists.

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“Meatless Monday” Moves into Rural Schools

"Meatless Monday" Moves into Rural Schools

Dan Goehl, DVM

Beef Today

I was shocked and disappointed to open my son’s homework folder recently and find propaganda promoting "Meatless Monday".

Once I was past the initial shock I began to reflect on what the implications are in a broader sense.

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Cow-Calf Corner: What a difference a couple of weeks makes

Cow-Calf Corner: What a difference a couple of weeks makes

 Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension livestock marketing specialist


Recent weather and the calendar ensure that spring will happen in a significant part of the drought region in the Southern Plains. Unusually warm temperatures, additional rain, and the approach of April have changed the prospects for much of eastern Oklahoma and eastern Texas.

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Producers Must Set Goals for Selecting Replacement Heifers

Producers Must Set Goals for Selecting Replacement Heifers

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Most stockmen try to keep an adequate number of heifer calves as replacements, usually selecting heifers from some of their best cows, sired by bulls that pass good maternal traits to daughters.

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Good Record-Keeping Makes for better decision-making

Good Record-Keeping Makes for better decision-making

Amanda Radke

Tri State Livestock News

It’s just common sense to keep good records, according to Karen Wright, KDW Consulting Services Inc., who discussed the value of good record-keeping in an agriculture business. Taking a look at the time-saving and efficiency benefits of accurate records.

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Demand more from the herd

Demand more from the herd

Steve Suther

The Fence Post

The headline reads, “Beef prices skyrocket.” A little more information comes with, “Wholesale beef prices at record levels.” Another adds, “Beef exports up 7 percent in two months.”

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Recent rains stimulate weed growth

Recent rains stimulate weed growth

Jeffrey Stapper

Southwest Farm Press

Recent rains have greened up the countryside, and upon close inspection of the green plant material, many of those plants are what most folks in the cattle business would classify as weeds.

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TCU Ranch Management Director Offers Suggestions On Drought Recovery

TCU Ranch Management Director Offers Suggestions On Drought Recovery

Oklahoma Farm Report

The drought of 2011 has thrown beef producers across the Southwest for a loop and recovery is slow. Herds have been liquidated and rain is slow in coming. So, what can beef producers do to try and maximize their recovery efforts without damaging still fragile pastures?

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Glycerin Subs For Forage In Cattle Diets

Glycerin Subs For Forage In Cattle Diets

Hay and Forage Grower

Beef producers could reduce costs by substituting crude glycerin for a portion of the forage in growing and finishing rations, says a Texas AgriLife Research beef cattle nutritionist.

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