Daily Archives: May 1, 2013

Getting Heifers Rebred: Breeding 2-Year-Olds

Getting Heifers Rebred:  Breeding 2-Year-Olds

Heather Smith Thomas

Hereford World

The 2-year-old year is the toughest time of a cow’s life. She’s nursing her first calf, still growing herself and needs enough nutrition and body condition to cycle on schedule after calving; otherwise, she may end up open or calving late next year.

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Wind breaks provide many benefits for producers

Wind breaks provide many benefits for producers

DOREEN McMURRAY

The Prairie Star

Windbreaks around your home or livestock feeding areas can really make a difference in reducing not only wind velocity, but reducing blowing snow and dirt. Windbreaks also improve the temperature by reducing wind chill in the winter or providing shade in the summer. A windbreak properly placed near a roadway reduces the need for plowing snow and increases visibility.

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Don’t rush to decisions on moving calving date

Don’t rush to decisions on moving calving date

Greg Lardy

Tri-State Livestock News

It’s ironic that my previous column for the Tri-State Livestock News (TSLN) dealt with drought preparation. In most parts of the area covered by TSLN, we have had substantial snowfall and cold temperatures throughout all of the month of April. While the moisture received is definitely welcome, it has certainly not been ideal weather for calving.

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Video series on cattle transportation available

Video series on cattle transportation available

Beef Today

The transportation of cattle to and from farms and marketing facilities is an important part of dairy and beef production, and plays a critical role in the health and welfare of cattle. The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program has worked with the experts in livestock handling and cattle transportation to develop guidelines and training tools for transporting cattle in a safe, humane way.

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Low Stocks, Lost Ground Challenge Hay Producers

Low Stocks, Lost Ground Challenge Hay Producers

Mark Parker

Progressive Farmer

Empty rain gauges mean low hay piles and short pastures. No one understands that better than Saginaw, Texas, beef producer Pete Bonds. "I’ve seen droughts before, but nothing like this," he says. "And if you don’t have water, you can’t run cattle."

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Marketing Tactics

Marketing Tactics

Matthew Diersen

iGrow

Marketing cattle is challenging this year given the high price of feed at the present time and sharply lower feed prices expected this fall. Cattle producers may be looking for tactics to use to protect the price of newborn calves, to protect yearlings headed to summer grazing, or price cattle to be placed on feed in the coming months.

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Nebraska cattlemen and grazing coalition host summer grazing tour

Nebraska cattlemen and grazing coalition host summer grazing tour

Drovers

Mark your calendars for the Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) – Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition (NGLC) joint Summer Grazing Tour scheduled for June 11, 2013 in the southeastern Nebraska Sandhills.

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What The Industry Learned From Being “Pink Slimed”

What The Industry Learned From Being “Pink Slimed”

Joe Roybal     

BEEF

It was a little over a year ago that the issue of “pink slime” exploded into the national consciousness. One of the U.S. beef industry’s shining success stories in carcass utilization quickly became a huge industry black eye in terms of consumer perception following a relentless social media attack regarding lean finely textured beef (LFTB).

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Brand recognition – the real kind

Brand recognition – the real kind

Polly E. Chavez

"Registered Brands of Lincoln County New Mexico 1941" is quite interesting. It only lists the names of people who own cattle and a diagram of their brand. I learned who had a brand in 1941, the year I was one year old. Many of the names were familiar in Carrizozo, Ancho, Corona, Capitan, Lincoln, Nogal, Hondo, and San Patricio.

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Will the Long Winter Raise Beef Prices?

Will the Long Winter Raise Beef Prices?

Travis Dill

WDIO

April snow kept local cattle from feeding on grass. Farmers said buying hay to get by is raising costs.

South Range farmers saw snow melt from their fields on Sunday, but that’s weeks later than they expected.

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