Daily Archives: September 11, 2013

Bale feeder choice can reduce hay waste, save dollars

Bale feeder choice can reduce hay waste, save dollars

Oklahoma State University

 “Management of input costs is a key business concern and can mean the difference between operational profit or loss, and when it comes to hay waste, using the right type of bale feeder can make a significant cost-savings difference,” said Dave Lalman, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension beef cattle specialist.

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Short-Term and Supplemental Forages

Short-Term and Supplemental Forages

Iowa Beef Center

Beef cattle producers may look to short-term or temporary forages to stretch production on fewer acres. Nearly all of the short-term choices are fast-growing annual crops. Traditionally, the sorghums and millets have been planted for summer forage. Increasingly, cereal grains, and forage “brassicas” are being planted for more fall, winter or spring forage.

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Siding with PETA won’t save your livestock farm

Siding with PETA won’t save your livestock farm

Cyndi Young

Brownfield Newtwork

Over the years of writing this column and airing a commentary on Brownfield Ag News Radio Network, I have received many kind notes from readers and listeners. I have also received as many notes from those who disagree or are offended by my opinions. I am amazed by the number of people who accuse me of kowtowing to multinational corporations or “big ag.”

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Rethinking Culls

Rethinking Culls

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer

Drop that old term "cull cow" from your thinking and your vocabulary. Those open females represent real pricing opportunities these days, so maybe it’s time to find a new name, something like "market cows."

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Nitrates in Corn Silage Pose Risk

Nitrates in Corn Silage Pose Risk

North Dakota Ag Connection

"Nitrates are a possibility under current dry conditions but often are hard to predict when they will appear," Schroeder says "As growers consider their options for salvaging drought-damaged corn, the natural option is to harvest the crop for silage where livestock, dairy and beef, are available to consume it."

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Beef Leaders Institute

Beef Leaders Institute

Lynsey Meharg

Angus Journal

Reproductive technology companies, cow-calf operations, feedlots, packing plants, distributors, grocery stores and restaurants are all part of a huge network of companies, businesses and producers who work together to provide quality beef to consumers. Though many cattle producers know of the other sectors of the beef industry, few have taken the opportunity to further educate themselves on the intricate details that their livelihoods depend upon.

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To increase its herds, Russia on a cattle buying spree

To increase its herds, Russia on a cattle buying spree

Sean Ellis

Capital Press

The Russian federal and regional governments have committed $10 billion to rebuild that country’s beef and dairy sectors. The commitment has resulted in increased exports of live cattle from the United States.

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Exports Strong Despite Tight Beef Supplies, Says LMIC’s Jim Robb

Exports Strong Despite Tight Beef Supplies, Says LMIC’s Jim Robb

Oklahoma Farm Report

Even with tight beef supplies, beef exports have been strong. Jim Robb of the Livestock Market Information Center says it has been a remarkable summer as far as beef sales go in the international market.

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Heart Healthy Beef starts in Kansas

Heart Healthy Beef starts in Kansas


It started with a commercial in 2007. Dad wondered, "If a bowl of oatmeal could lower my cholesterol, could it also lower the cholesterol of my cattle?" The answer? Yes. He started feeding our cattle whole oats again in 2012 and began selling the beef in May of 2013.

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Record-Low Texas Water Reservoirs May Halt Cattle-Herd Expansion

Record-Low Texas Water Reservoirs May Halt Cattle-Herd Expansion

Jeff Wilson

Washington Post

Cattle ranchers may ditch plans to expand their herds in Texas, the biggest U.S. beef producer, as an expanding drought damages pastures and water reservoirs drop to record lows, according to Texas A&M University.

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