Daily Archives: May 16, 2013

Manage beef heifers to maximize long-term operation success

Manage beef heifers to maximize long-term operation success

Andrea Johnson

Farm and Ranch Guide

Heifers that have spent 200 days in a dry-lot could experience early embryo loss if they are let out on pasture immediately following AI, , according to Allen G. Bridges, University of Minnesota cattle reproduction specialist.

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Bill Gates: Agricultural Productivity Is Key to Reducing World Poverty

Bill Gates: Agricultural Productivity Is Key to Reducing World Poverty

Boyce Thompson

AGWeb

Investing in agriculture is essential if the fight against world poverty is to succeed, according to Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who spoke at an International Agriculture and Food Security Briefing sponsored by Farmers Feeding the World, a Farm Journal Foundation Initiative, and the Senate Hunger Caucus.

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Salvaging alfalfa stands

Salvaging alfalfa stands

The Cattle Business Weekly

Drought conditions and freeze/thaw cycles this spring left their mark on many stands of alfalfa, says Justin Fruechte, forage and cover crop specialist with Millborn Seeds.

"Winter kill has either wiped out entire alfalfa stands or left them quite sparse," he said.

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Government Turns Over Livestock Operations’ Personal Information to Militant Environmental Groups

Government Turns Over Livestock Operations’ Personal Information to Militant Environmental Groups

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Brian Sampson is a busy man. When a call came in, asking if he knew he was on a list of livestock operators whose personal information had been turned over to three of the country’s most aggressive environmental watchdog agencies, the Iowa cattleman was stunned.

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Johanns Opposes Costly, Gimmick-Laden Farm Bill

Johanns Opposes Costly, Gimmick-Laden Farm Bill

Nebraska Ag Connection

U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), a former secretary of agriculture, Tuesday voted against advancing out of committee a farm bill that relied on budget gimmicks and outdated policy. Despite his opposition, the bill passed in the committee by a vote of 15-5.

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Profit Tips: Cattle Feeding – The value of carcass gain

Profit Tips: Cattle Feeding – The value of carcass gain

Drovers

On a live-weight basis, average daily gains tend to decline late in the finishing period, possibly triggering shipment of cattle as cost of gain appears to approach or exceed the value of gain.

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The euthanasia treatment protocol

The euthanasia treatment protocol

Fred Gingrich

Bovine Veterinarian

I was driving by a dairy farm a few weeks ago and saw a dead cow lying outside ready to be disposed. I wondered what the average consumer would think if he or she saw the dead cow. It would likely evoke a different response than those of us who work with dairy farms every day.

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NCBA Counsel Hopes Congress Permanently Solves SPCC Rule Threat Facing Farmers

NCBA Counsel Hopes Congress Permanently Solves SPCC Rule Threat Facing Farmers

Oklahoma Farm Report

As the Water Resources Development Act makes its way through the Senate, there is one amendment to it that would be good for agriculture according to Ashley McDonald, deputy environmental counsel for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The amendment has to do with exempting farmers from the Spill Convention Control and Countermeasure rule.

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Positive Cash Flow Doesn’t Equal Beef Production Profits

Positive Cash Flow Doesn’t Equal Beef Production Profits

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

The idea that positive cash flow somehow implies profitability is plainly wrong.

Cash flow gets a lot of prattle and positive press in agriculture. Most often it is considered a measure of liquidity. Perhaps more important it is a watermark for bankers because it shows, generally, that you will have the money to pay them what you owe when the payments are due.

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Poor forage conditions a challenge for U.S. beef industry

Poor forage conditions a challenge for U.S. beef industry

 Donald Stotts

Southwest Farm Press

Early May provided the first look at forage conditions facing the beef cattle industry in 2013, and the news was not good.

Moisture conditions have improved marginally, with 33 percent of the United States in categories D2 to D4 drought conditions, down from 40 percent three months ago but worse than last year, when 20 percent of the country was in D2 or worse drought in early May.

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