Daily Archives: April 1, 2014

Make reproductive health top priority this spring

Make reproductive health top priority this spring

Joplin Regional Stockyards

The spring calf crop is a natural focus for beef producers this time of year, but the most important thing a producer can do to maintain productivity and help improve profitability potential is to keep reproductive health of the cow herd top of mind.

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If EPA Gets Their Way- Your Ditches Will Be Declared Waterways- Ashley McDonald of NCBA

If EPA Gets Their Way- Your Ditches Will Be Declared Waterways- Ashley McDonald of NCBA

Oklahoma Farm Report

According to a statement released earlier this week, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is deeply concerned by this vast overreach by the EPA and the administration. Under this expansion, essentially all waters in the country would be subject to regulation by the EPA and the Corps, regardless of size or continuity of flow.

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Dave Nichols talks about challenges and opportunities for cattle producers in the DNA age.

Dave Nichols talks about challenges and opportunities for cattle producers in the DNA age.

Eric Grant

Angus Journal

Looking across the rolling hills of central Iowa, it’s easy to see how rural America has been reshaped the last few years. Not so long ago, much of this countryside was grass and cows, but recent changes in the nation’s energy policy resulted in pastures being converted to cropland.

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Soybeans Are Great For Pasture, Silage

Soybeans Are Great For Pasture, Silage

Hay and Forage Grower

Rebecca Atkinson says she “loves” soybeans as a pasture crop, and silage made from the legume is “very comparable to alfalfa silage.” This Southern Illinois University beef forage specialist says the crop can be made into hay, too, if it’s harvested differently than alfalfa and the weather cooperates.

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The Economic Case for Taxing Meat

The Economic Case for Taxing Meat

Charles Kenny

Businessweek

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Meat has always been part of the human diet. Few dishes are as wonderful as a bolognese sauce made with a combination of pork, lamb, and beef. But taxing pigs, sheep, and cows is essential to contain the spiraling costs associated with massive meat eating.

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Will Crossing Two Clones From Prime, YG1 Carcasses Produce Similar Offspring?

Will Crossing Two Clones From Prime, YG1 Carcasses Produce Similar Offspring?

Burt Rutherford

BEEF

A 10:30 p.m. phone call from a faculty member isn’t something Dean Hawkins, head of the Division of Agriculture at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) in Canyon, usually looks forward to.

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Beef packers pay more for quality cattle

Beef packers pay more for quality cattle

RFD-TV

Despite the high prices and shrinking herds, beef cattle are bringing home big premiums for producers who focus on quality. High-quality beef costs more at retail and in the restaurant, but do cattlemen get paid more to produce it?

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