Daily Archives: August 2, 2012

Video Feature: Basics of Cattle Instincts & Movement

Video Feature:  Basics of Cattle Instincts & Movement

Basics of moving cattle and how cattle respond to movement and transportation. Moving cattle prior to loading. Temple Grandin explains the flight zone of cattle.

Future Forage Potential for Cattle on Pasture

Future Forage Potential for Cattle on Pasture

Dr. Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska

It’s time to face reality. It’s dry, chances of significant rain are slim, and even if it does rain you still will be short of pasture. Let’s discuss reality in a moment.

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Options for Using Drought Stressed for cattle feed?

Options for Using Drought Stressed for cattle feed?


The first issue for most corn producers may be protecting farm program and crop insurance benefits. It is our understanding that regular farm program payments will be received regardless of how the corn is used. But silage has been eligible for LDP in the past, while grazing has not been eligible.

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Better resource management can help maintain animal welfare during epidemics

Better resource management can help maintain animal welfare during epidemics

Hanna Herdegen

Taking Stock

In a recent article for Animal Frontiers, Sebastian Heath of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) illustrates the complications found in maintaining animal welfare during a disease outbreak.

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Crop residues and calculating a value

Crop residues and calculating a value

Brett Wessler


The crop residue fertilizer calculator was designed to help producers dealing with highpriced fertilizer prices who are looking at the cost of removing crop residues for livestock use. This calculator can be used by both the crop and livestock producers.

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Managing WDGS to Minimize E. coli

Managing WDGS to Minimize E. coli

Kindra Gordon

Angus Journal

As the price for corn has escalated in the last several years, the use of more cost-efficient feedstuffs — namely ethanol coproducts — has found favor with the cattle-feeding sector.

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Meat Is Murder, Arson Is Fun

Meat Is Murder, Arson Is Fun

Jaimal Yogis

San Francisco Magazine

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

This winter, the baddest vegetarians on earth bombed the biggest cattle ranch in the state. An inquiry into a combustible culture where protest meets terrorism.

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Historic drought puts over half of U.S. counties in disaster zones, USDA says

Historic drought puts over half of U.S. counties in disaster zones, USDA says

David Ariosto and Melissa Abbey


More than half of all U.S. counties have been designated disaster zones, the Department of Agriculture reported, blaming excessive heat and a devastating drought that’s spread across the Corn Belt and contributed to rising food prices.

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Drought Dries Up Cattle

Drought Dries Up Cattle

Marshall Eckblad

Wall Street Journal

The U.S. market for young beef cattle is feeling the heat of a historic drought.

Faced with seared grazing pastures, ranchers across the U.S. who can’t afford to provide food and water to steers and heifers are rushing to sell them. But the usual buyers, sprawling feeding operations called feedlots, are scaling back as the price of corn—given to cattle to fatten them up—is soaring as crops wilt across the Farm Belt.

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Drought, fires and taxes

Drought, fires and taxes

John Mitchell

The Cattle Business Weekly

Yesterday, while driving across the state on I-90 there was a large prairie fire burning. The fire left a black trail of burnt grass behind that formed a V shape that began at the interstate. There is little doubt how or where the fire started. As I passed, the line of flames was at least a mile long and moving unabated to the north and east.

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