Daily Archives: June 17, 2013

Reproductive Traits And Genetics

Reproductive Traits And Genetics

Heather Gessner

iGrow

The SDSU Seedstock Symposium will address many aspects affecting the profitability of cattlemen across the nation.  One of the largest concerns cow-calf operations face is getting heifers and cows bred early in the breeding season. Reproductive efficiency is a critical component to the enterprise budget due to  feed and ownership costs related to the cow budget.

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Expert offers tips to reduce hay-drying time

Expert offers tips to reduce hay-drying time

Tracy Turner

Drovers

While producers might find it challenging to get hay dry in early June due to changing weather conditions, there are steps they can take to get the crop up quickly and reduce the potential for rain damage, a forage expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences says.

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NIAA releases white paper on FMD preparedness

NIAA releases white paper on FMD preparedness

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

Back in April, the National Institute of Animal Agriculture (NIAA) hosted a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) Symposium titled "Fostering a New Preparedness Paradigm: Facilitating a Conversation among Public and Private Sector Stakeholders." The symposium brought together FMD experts from government, industry and academia to discuss the latest science, historical lessons and options available to prepare for or respond to an outbreak in the United States.

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Padlock Ranch gets Wyoming conservation award

Padlock Ranch gets Wyoming conservation award

KGWN

The Padlock Ranch in northern Wyoming has won the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award.

The $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award is named for renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold and recognizes voluntary achievement in conservation.

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Plan for forage needs now

Plan for forage needs now

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

Even though some areas have received much-needed moisture this spring, there is still a need to begin planning for forage requirements this winter. Although many of us manage our forage resources and production systems so the cow herd meets its nutrient needs through grazing, there is still a need to plan for some harvested forages.

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The ‘Good Old Days’ Of Beef Production Are Gone

The ‘Good Old Days’ Of Beef Production Are Gone

Troy Marshall

BEEF

I love the good old days as much as anyone. In fact, I think life has never been so good, and I was never so knowledgeable, as when I was a senior in high school. I was the master of my universe.

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Techniques for Cattle Handling offered at Empire Farm Days

Techniques for Cattle Handling offered at Empire Farm Days

Madison County Courier

Handling cattle is serious business. Daily at the Aug. 6 through 8 at the Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls Cornell University Beef Extension Specialist Dr. Michael J. Baker will be demonstrating the proper equipment and techniques for handling cattle and techniques including the farmer-developed ‘Bud Box’ method for safely directing cattle into chutes and pens.

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The E.P.A. Backs Off on Factory Farms

The E.P.A. Backs Off on Factory Farms

The New York Times

The Environmental Protection Agency is obliged under the Clean Water Act to monitor America’s waterways and shield them from the toxic runoff from factory farms. But the growth of that industry, and its courtroom tenacity, has far outstripped the E.P.A.’s efforts to restrict runoff from manure lagoons and feedlots.

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Old McDonald Might Be A Lady: More Women Take Up Farming

Old McDonald Might Be A Lady: More Women Take Up Farming

NPR

Eliza Barclay

More women are getting into farming, according to a recent analysis from the U.S Department of Agriculture.

The agency crunched numbers from the Agriculture Census and found that the number of U.S. farms operated by women nearly tripled over the past three decades, from 5 percent in 1978 to 14 percent by 2007.

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Beginning Ranchers Recognize Benefits of Rotational Grazing

Beginning Ranchers Recognize Benefits of Rotational Grazing

USDA

To see Jennifer and Alex Menzel working their 200-acre cattle ranch in Cass County, it’s difficult to picture them in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia.

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