Daily Archives: April 18, 2013

Montana rancher rejuvenates pastures with ‘boom-bust’ grazing

Montana rancher rejuvenates pastures with ‘boom-bust’ grazing

Sue Roesler

Farm and Ranch Guide

Everyone has heard of rotational grazing and the concept of “take half, leave half,” but one Montana rancher uses an unusual type of grazing management that he developed himself.

Ray Banister, who ranches in southeastern Montana near Wibaux, calls his management plan “boom and bust” grazing.

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Older vs. Better Cows

Older vs. Better Cows

MIRANDA REIMAN

Angus Beef Bulletin

Increasing longevity and fertility in the cow herd seem like ‘no brainers,’ but when pursuing those traits comes at the expense of uniformity or functionality, cattlemen may want to study their options a little further.

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BRD Risk Categorization For Feeder Calves: Part 2

BRD Risk Categorization For Feeder Calves: Part 2

Roger Ellis, DVM

iGrow

Previously, a risk categorization protocol was detailed on iGrow that is based upon the potential for morbidity (sickness) and mortality (death) in feeder calves (See: BRD Risk Categorization for Feeder Calves: Part 1).

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Documentary of livestock production tours colleges, FFA chapters

Documentary of livestock production tours colleges, FFA chapters

Brett Wessler

Drovers

A documentary sharing cattle feeding and confinement operations from the farmer’s perspective is making its way across the country, appearing at university campuses and FFA meetings, even screening at a theatre in New York City.

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Heifer fuel:  Turning animal byproducts into biodiesel

Heifer fuel:  Turning animal byproducts into biodiesel

Bob Gritzinger

AutoWeek

Unlike most people, when Michael Doyle drives past a herd of cattle grazing in a field, he doesn’t see future tenderloins or T-bones. He sees fuel.

The company Doyle co-owns, North Star Biofuels, is about to start production of biodiesel at a new $15 million, 20,000-square-foot plant in Watsonville, Calif., about 60 miles south of San Francisco.

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Hey, let’s go vegan … not

Hey, let’s go vegan … not

Hays Free Press

Hey, how’s your New Year’s resolution coming along? Have you quit smoking or finally cleaned out that garage that would’ve made a hoarder cringe? Well, I’m proud to say that today, roughly four months later, I achieved my goal of dropping 10 pounds.

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Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall Of Fame Nominees Announced

Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall Of Fame Nominees Announced

BEEF

Six legendary cattle veterinarians have been nominated for the 2013 Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame, which celebrates the rich traditions of production veterinary medicine by honoring exceptional individuals who have made lasting contributions to the veterinary profession.

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Missouri farmers milk profits from beef cattle

Missouri farmers milk profits from beef cattle

Jim Hamilton

HarrisonDaily.com

When I was a boy dairy farming dominated Ozarks agriculture. The only cowboys I knew were in the movies, and the beef cattle I saw at the fair were curly-haired Herefords and tabletop Black Angus standing belly deep in straw. Beef breeders hadn’t yet put legs under ‘em.

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Regional Changes in Hay Production Already Happening

Regional Changes in Hay Production Already Happening

Derrell Peel

Beef Today

Harvested hay acreage has changed in recent years, and it goes beyond the drought impacts of the past two years.

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Effect of nutrition on pregnancy in heifers and young cows

Effect of nutrition on pregnancy in heifers and young cows

All About Feed

How much does nutrition impact the reproductive rates of cattle? According to Dr Rick Funston, UNL Beef Reproductive Specialist, “The nutritional status of animals is difficult to measure, and this complicates interpretation of nutrition x reproduction interactions.

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