Daily Archives: May 13, 2013

Creep Feeding Considerations

Creep Feeding Considerations

Janna Kincheloe

 iGrow

Calf growth rate and weaning weight are important benchmarks in determining performance and profitability of cow/calf enterprises. Weaning weight is dependent on a variety of factors, including calf health, genetic potential, milk production of the dam, and age at weaning.

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The Importance Of USDA Quality Grade

The Importance Of USDA Quality Grade

Nevil Speer   

BEEF

Will the use of camera technology in the quality grading of beef play a bigger role in producers’ genetic and management decisions?

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Johanns: EPA’s handling of producer information ‘is a mess’

Johanns: EPA’s handling of producer information ‘is a mess’

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Network

Reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continued to release personal information about livestock operations—even after livestock groups and members of Congress complained about the situation—have raised the ire of Nebraska U.S. Senator Mike Johanns.

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Livestock Risk Protection insurance may be a wise management decision

Livestock Risk Protection insurance may be a wise management decision

Loretta Sorensen

Tri-State Livestock News

Burdell Johnson can’t say enough good things about Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) insurance and the benefits it offers livestock producers.

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BeefTalk: To Pass, 60 Percent Must Calve in 21 Days

BeefTalk: To Pass, 60 Percent Must Calve in 21 Days

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

As the calving season winds down, check the calving book. Count the number of cows that calved within 21 days from when the third mature cow calved. After that, check the number that calved the next 21 days and the next 21 days. Keep counting until you get to the end of the calving book.

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How to Feed Beet Pulp to Beef Cattle

How to Feed Beet Pulp to Beef Cattle

Kay Baxter,

E How

Sugar beet plants are processed to make table sugar. Beet pulp is the byproduct left over once the sugar has been extracted from the beet. Beet pulp is commonly fed to farm animals including cattle, goats and horses. Feeding beet pulp to cattle adds fiber and calories, and is more cost-effective than feeding hay and grain alone. You can feed cows beet pulp soaked in water or dry right out of the bag.

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The Best Spring ever!  Well, so far.

The Best Spring ever!  Well, so far.

Randy Kuhn

 Beef Today

   Here in NorthEast Pennsylvania we have been experiencing the nicest "ease into" spring in memory.  Usually we go from winter snow right into summer sweltering in a matter of a week!

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Studying Effects of Weather and Climate on Cattle

Studying Effects of Weather and Climate on Cattle

Cindy Snyder

Times-News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $19.5 million to support research education and Extension activities associated with climate solutions in agriculture aimed at the impacts of climate variability and change on dairy and beef cattle. USDA remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty.

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Look Back at the Calving Season

Look Back at the Calving Season

Dr. Glenn Selk, Professor Emeritus Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Only 1 to 2 months ago the spring calving cows were calving, the temperature was cold and the calving pastures were muddy. Experience would say that you do not want to ask cow calf operators how “calving” is then, because the response would be less than objective, reflecting bone-chilling cold and not enough sleep.

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Farmers should spray fields to control winter weeds, have better crops

Farmers should spray fields to control winter weeds, have better crops

Amanda Gee

AG Answers

Producers need to make burndown applications on winter annual weeds quickly once weather conditions allow them to get into fields, two Purdue Extensions weed specialists say.

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