Daily Archives: September 9, 2013

Farming as rocket science

Farming as rocket science

The Economist

BEFORE growing up to become farmers, a startling number of America’s rural kids are taught how to build rockets. Every year rural skies fill with mini-missiles built by children.

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Still good advice: Short cuts will rarely pay off

Still good advice: Short cuts will rarely pay off

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

We’ve all heard the sage advice from a parent, coach or teacher that "short cuts" rarely turn out for the best. And I recently read an article in a dairy industry publication that did a nice job of reiterating that point for livestock producers – no matter what industry you are in.

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Grass-Fed Beef Cattle Need Quality Pasture, Extended Season

Grass-Fed Beef Cattle Need Quality Pasture, Extended Season

Hay and Forage Grower

Grass-fed beef producers need to provide ample amounts of high-quality pasture in a long grazing season, and the cattle still likely won’t perform as well as feedlot-finished animals.

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Windrow Grazing: An Alternative to Feeding Hay in the Fall and Winter

Windrow Grazing: An Alternative to Feeding Hay in the Fall and Winter

Aaron Berger

University of Nebraska

Harvested feed costs can be one of the largest expenses to cattle producers. Windrow grazing, sometimes called swath grazing, is a management practice that can significantly reduce harvesting and feeding costs.

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More on Texas Cattle Rustling

More on Texas Cattle Rustling

Mose Buchele

State Impact

“We’re kind of slow to use the term cattle rustler, because that kind of has a romantic sound to and a thief is just a thief. You know it’s just a sad situation,” Hutchison said.

Hutchison blames the rustling rise on two crises plaguing parts of rural America: drought and methamphetamine use.

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NDF digestibility – a tool to make the most out of this year’s forages

NDF digestibility – a tool to make the most out of this year’s forages

Ag Weekly

While farmers were fretting about the cool spring weather and early rains delaying corn planting, first cutting got ahead of many people. Late planting will likely present its own challenges when corn silage harvest begins this fall, but dairy farmers are already trying to find ways to cope with the quality of first cutting hay.

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USDA grant focuses on beef cattle production

USDA grant focuses on beef cattle production

Corey Moffet, Ryan Reuter, Jean Steiner and David Engle

The Noble Foundation

The Noble Foundation recently partnered with Oklahoma State University, The University of Oklahoma, Kansas State University, Tarleton State University and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Agricultural Research Service to undertake a major beef cattle research project.

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