Daily Archives: April 10, 2013

Focus on Efficient Handling Facilities

Focus on Efficient Handling Facilities

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

When it’s time to update or add handling facilities, put efficiency high on the priority list.

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The Case Against Genetics

The Case Against Genetics

The Ranching for Profit Blog

Moments ago I read the following in a popular industry magazine: “…given the multiple challenges you face that are beyond your control—drought, rising feed and fuel costs, escalating land values—genetic selection may be the single most important component of your operation that you control.”

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Profitability Starts with Genetics

Profitability Starts with Genetics

American Angus Association

At one point or another, many cattlemen wonder:  Do all black-hided calves bring the same price on sale day? How much emphasis do buyers put on the genetic value of those calves?

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Spring storm could cause significant calf loss in SD

Spring storm could cause significant calf loss in SD

AGWeek

The storm’s cold, wet and windy conditions will potentially cause significant losses to their calf crop, says Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension cow-calf field specialist.

“This is the worst kind of weather to calve in,” Rusche says. “In wet, cold, windy conditions like this, it doesn’t take much to lose a newborn calf.”

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Beef farmers experimenting with ‘hodge-podge’ of breeds

Beef farmers experimenting with ‘hodge-podge’ of breeds

Heidi Clausen

The Country Today

Paul and Terri Lorees’ beef cattle herd is very much a work in progress.

The Lorees, who bought their Washburn County farm in 2004, continue to experiment with various breeds, including Pinzgauer, Charolais, Hereford, Angus and Simmental.

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Heifer development begins with sire selection

Heifer development begins with sire selection

Martha Blum

Heifer.Pro

Replacement heifer selection begins when sires are chosen for the cowherd.

“Eighty-five percent of the genetic makeup of cowherds is contributed to sire selection,” said G. Allen Bridges, assistant professor at University of Minnesota.

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Cattle health, forage featured at field day

Cattle health, forage featured at field day

Bruce Schultz

Delta Farm Press

More than 125 people from 19 parishes attended the Acadiana Cattle Producers Field Day March 9 at the LSU AgCenter Iberia Research Station with presentations on cattle and forage research.

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EPA acknowledges releasing personal details on farmers, senator slams agency

EPA acknowledges releasing personal details on farmers, senator slams agency

By Joseph Weber

Fox News

The Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged Tuesday that it released personal information on potentially thousands of farmers and ranchers to environmental groups, following concerns from congressional Republicans and agriculture groups that the release could endanger their safety.

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Saginaw County farmer on bovine tuberculosis: ‘It can devastate a farm’

Saginaw County farmer on bovine tuberculosis: ‘It can devastate a farm’

Jessica Fleischman

Michigan Live

Brian Frederick owns one of 66 Saginaw County farms that will soon be tested for bovine tuberculosis, after the Michigan Department of Agriculture deemed a dairy farm within a 10-mile radius of his property infected with the disease.

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Managing the dwindling herd: Livestock specialist concerned mid-size producers in most jeopardy

Managing the dwindling herd: Livestock specialist concerned mid-size producers in most jeopardy

Clay Coppedge

Country World News

The effects of the drought can be seen in a lot of places if you know where to look, especially if you’re a cattle raiser and have to look at them every day. You can see the drought in a dwindling cow herd and in pastures that are dead or dormant, and even on the menu at the local fast food restaurant.

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Canada ready for Canadian $1 billion sanctions against U.S. over labels

Canada ready for Canadian $1 billion sanctions against U.S. over labels

International Business Times

Canada is prepared to impose sanctions of up to C$1 billion ($980 million) a year against the United States unless it complies with a WTO order to redesign its meat labels, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said on Tuesday.

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