Daily Archives: June 11, 2013

Baxter Black, DVM:  Missing My Neighbors

Baxter Black, DVM:  Missing My Neighbors

I have neighbors I haven’t visited for years. They were so good to me growing up. They raised walnuts.

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Weaning fall-born calves

Weaning fall-born calves

Glenn Selk

High Plains Journal

Many cow-calf operations with fall-born calves will wean the calves in mid- to late June. Weaning during very hot summer weather is stressful enough to the calves.

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Ranching, Buy or Lease?

Ranching, Buy or Lease?

The Cattleman

Lori Woodward Cantu

It’s no surprise that equipment is a major cost in agricultural production. Traditionally, producers have purchased equipment using personal or business equity. In recent years, though, leasing or renting equipment has gained popularity because of increasing equipment costs, obsolescence of owned equipment, and limited sources of debt capital.

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Wet conditions a blessing and challenge for quality hay

Wet conditions a blessing and challenge for quality hay

Greg Lardy

Tri-State Livestock News

When hay is put up too wet, there is increased risk of mold development. Some molds are relatively innocuous, but others can produce toxins and cause a variety of problems, including respiratory irritations and abortions, in cattle, horses, and other livestock. Hay that is put up wet also has lower nutrient content.

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Senate Passes Farm Bill with a 66-27 Vote

Senate Passes Farm Bill with a 66-27 Vote

Sara Schafer

Beef Today

On Monday evening, the Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, better known as the 2013 Farm Bill, with a vote of 66 to 27. The bill will now move to the House of Representatives.

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Cows Do Double Duty on This Farm

Cows Do Double Duty on This Farm

Deborah Huso

Progressive Farmer

It may be a little unusual to have a 500-acre cattle farm within city limits, but being close to town has its advantages. Bell’s Lane Farm, in Staunton, Va., a family-owned operation just a few miles from city center, is a 245-head cow and calf operation run by Robert and Elizabeth Schreiber.

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NBAF funding survives House vote

NBAF funding survives House vote

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, including $404 million for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kansas. Prior to the vote, members opposed to the NBAF plan tried to remove those funds from the bill.

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Statement from NCBA President on the Canadian Government’s Release of List of U.S. Commodities for Possible Retaliation

Statement from NCBA President on the Canadian Government’s Release of List of U.S. Commodities for Possible Retaliation

Beef USA

Today the Canadian government released a statement in response to the submission of the amended rule on Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (MCOOL) to the World Trade Organization (WTO). National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President and Cody, Wyo. cattle and dairy producer, Scott George issued the following statement.

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Canada Threatens Tariffs Against U.S. Products

Canada Threatens Tariffs Against U.S. Products


Canada warned Friday that it may impose tariffs on everything from orange juice to bread if the United States doesn’t change a meat-labeling policy that Canadian beef and pork industries say is costing them more than CA$1 billion (US$979 million) a year.

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Purdue center near Bedford works to produce better beef

Purdue center near Bedford works to produce better beef

Jeff Routh

Indiana Economic Digest

The Feldun Purdue Agriculture Center, northwest of Bedford at the end of State Road 458, has been a part of the Purdue Agriculture System since 1914, and is the oldest farm in the system. The 1,180-acre operation has had many features over the years, including an apple orchard, a herd of dairy cattle and flocks of sheep and chickens. Today its main emphasis is on beef production.

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