Monthly Archives: February 2014

Harvest quality grass and preserve it well

Harvest quality grass and preserve it well

Nick Paulson

Hay and Forage Grower

To make good grass silage, producers must first harvest high-quality forage, use the right type and amount of inoculant, and pack and cover the product tightly and properly.

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Why The Godfather Of Natural Beef Cut Ties With Niman Ranch

Why The Godfather Of Natural Beef Cut Ties With Niman Ranch

Hayley Peterson

Business Insider

Bill Niman spent more than three decades building Niman Ranch into one of the most beloved natural meat suppliers in the nation from just 200 acres of land and six calves.

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How big meat recalls hurt small cattle ranches

How big meat recalls hurt small cattle ranches

 Nathanael Johnson


Whenever there’s a giant meat recall, the first and often only reaction is disgust. It’s entirely justified self-interest: People want to be sure that their ground chuck hasn’t ever shared a vat with pathogens. But these recalls also have an effect on the other end of the food chain, which we rarely consider.

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Goals Establish Bull Buying Criteria

Goals Establish Bull Buying Criteria

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Tough decisions are part of the deal for those who call themselves cattlemen. A lot of conclusions are focused on the bottom line. Cutting expenses or increasing revenue to create profit.

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Biosecurity: Tips on Bringing Home a New Bull

Biosecurity: Tips on Bringing Home a New Bull

Heather Smith Thomas

Hereford World

Maintaining optimum herd health depends on many things — including a good nutrition program, vaccination and minimizing the possibilities for new diseases to enter the herd. One of the most common ways that new diseases come into a herd is with new animals.

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Bargain-Basement Stockers Turn a Profit

Bargain-Basement Stockers Turn a Profit


Mark Bray has one of the toughest jobs in the cattle business. He makes a living buying 370- to 440-pound highly stressed calves from sale barns and turning them into valuable feeder cattle. It’s a job that starts the minute the calves step off the trailer at Ridgecrest Farm in Stokes County, N.C.

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Quick Spring Forage Crops

Quick Spring Forage Crops

John Jennings

University of Arkansas

Spring oats (not winter oats) may provide a fairly quick spring forage crop. Other forage management options to improve spring pastures include improved grazing, fertility management, weed control, and deferred grazing to allow other winter-damaged fields to recover. Spring oats are an option where no winter annuals were planted in fall.

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