Daily Archives: September 28, 2012

Adaptations help producers survive drought conditions

Adaptations help producers survive drought conditions

Del Williams

Cattle Today

With drought conditions the worst since the 1930s, most farmers and ranchers are cutting back, tightening their belts, and looking at all possible ways to cut their costs.

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Liver Flukes

Liver Flukes

Bob Larson

Liver flukes are large flat worms that invade the liver of cattle. The USDA reports that about 5% of slaughtered cattle are infested, and their livers are condemned. Liver flukes cause economic loss through liver condemnation at slaughter, as well as decreased growth and reproductive efficiency.

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BeefTalk: Am I Short of Feed or Short of Cash?

BeefTalk: Am I Short of Feed or Short of Cash?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Today, cattle producers market cows and bulls in much the same way they market the annual production of calves.

However, here is something to keep in mind: If a typical beef producer marketed all the cattle last week that normally would be sold off the operation, approximately 50 percent of the check would be from the value of steer calves, 30 percent from the value of heifer calves and 20 percent from the value of market cows and bulls.

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Still educating consumers about implants

Still educating consumers about implants

Julie Harker

Brownfield Network

Consumer concerns about growth-promoting hormones used in beef have been around a long time but a beef specialist tells Brownfield growth promotants continue to be safe. Dan Loy, with Iowa State University Extension, says there has been intense government scrutiny on new compounds developed since DES was banned from use in humans and livestock in 1979, after it was found to be a carcinogen.

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U.S. could face severe shortage of farmers in the next decade as older farmers begin to retire

U.S. could face severe shortage of farmers in the next decade as older farmers begin to retire

Jerett Rion

Universtiy of Missouri

In a recent survey published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), officials reported that more than one-third of U.S. farmers are 65 years old or older, and half of current farmers plan to retire in the next decade.

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Brangus to be Featured on the American Rancher Sep 19

Brangus to be Featured on the American Rancher Sep 19

Beef Tips

Brangus will be featured on the popular show The American Rancher on RFD-TV throughout next week. Geared toward and widely viewed by a true ranching audience of more than 100,000 weekly viewers, The American Rancher is a half-hour television series enjoying its eighth year of being included in the RFD-TV lineup.

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A new generation of producers taking the reins

A new generation of producers taking the reins

Duane Lenz

Beef Issues Quarterly

The recent focus for many in the cattle industry has been the drought and the resulting lack of grass, water and hay. Grain prices have gone through the roof which has damaged feeder and calf prices, although they remain historically high.

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Texas longhorns beef up Vermont farm

Texas longhorns beef up Vermont farm

Judy Simpson


No, you are not seeing things. There are Texas longhorns, right here in Milton, Vermont.

"Got about 10 Texas longhorns five years ago out of Ohio and brought them up to Vermont," said Shaun Brooks of Vermont Longhorns. "I have been growing the herd ever since."

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Are cattle heading for a repeat of 2009?

Are cattle heading for a repeat of 2009?

Chris Lehner


Cattle feeders may be their worst enemy. With the high cost of feeder cattle it appears that cattle producers are keeping cattle on feed longer and because of it, dressed weights are moving higher. Have the high prices of the past two years erased the memories of 2009?

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Ammoniation and adding hydrated lime can improve low-quality forages.

Ammoniation and adding hydrated lime can improve low-quality forages.

J.W. Schroeder

NDSU Extension Service

With tight hay supplies and escalating prices, producers are scrounging for every bit of possible forage they can find. Given the extended drought, good or medium-quality hay may not be available or has been sold to others buying existing supplies.

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