Daily Archives: May 24, 2012

Graze summer annuals during drought

Graze summer annuals during drought

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian

We’re now heading into early summer, but the summer drought of 2011 is still fresh in the cattle industry’s mind.

Veterinarians can help their cow-calf producers plan ahead in the event of drought this summer. One strategy is to feed cows summer annuals such as millets, sudangrass, and canes, suggests Rick Rasby, MS, PhD, University of Nebraska Extension Beef Specialist.

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Stocker School:  Make the Margins Count

Stocker School:  Make the Margins Count

Mark Parker

DTN

Between the cow herd and the feedlot, a lot of stockers bank on grass gains to capitalize on the margins found between buying and selling.

Winning or losing that backgrounding game usually comes down to just two things: calf health and calf performance.

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Beef Marketing Group CEO Sees Significant Opportunities for Verifiable Beef Standards

Beef Marketing Group CEO Sees Significant Opportunities for Verifiable Beef Standards

Oklahoma Farm News

Beef Marketing Group CEO Sees Significant Opportunities for Verifiable Beef Standards

Ron Hays caught up with John Butler, CEO of the Beef Marketing Group at the Alltech International Symposium in Lexington Kentucky. The Beef Marketing Group represents feedlots in Kansas and Nebraska.

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Testing forage for minerals can keep dollars in your pocket

Testing forage for minerals can keep dollars in your pocket

Gayle Smith

Tri State Livestock News

As cattle move to grass in the region, beef producers have an opportunity to save money on their mineral program.

“Many mineral requirements can be met through what cattle are already being fed,” said Dennis Bauer, a University of Nebraska extension educator.

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Calving calculations

Calving calculations

John Maday

Drovers

Ranch manager Joel Vaad shifted to later calving and made other adjustments after carefully analyzing his options for reducing feed costs and boosting returns at the Maxwell Ranch near Livermore, Colo.

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Understanding direct payments on the farm

Understanding direct payments on the farm

Kent Olson

Morris Sun Tribune

Direct payments to farmers under the current farm bill have been a small, but stable and important part of farmers’ income. These direct payments are cut in the draft farm bill from the Agriculture Committee of the U.S. Senate.

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Warm Winter, Early Spring Increase Livestock Risk From Noxious Weed

Warm Winter, Early Spring Increase Livestock Risk From Noxious Weed

AgriMarketing

Ohio’s warm winter and early spring mean that cressleaf groundsel is on the rise earlier than normal and has the potential to cause problems for livestock producers, says an Ohio State University Extension beef cattle expert.

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