Daily Archives: April 14, 2014

Minimizing the Risks of Fescue Toxicosis in Cattle

Minimizing the Risks of Fescue Toxicosis in Cattle

Beef Today

Grazing fescue before it goes to seed and providing plenty of water and shade during the summer can help ranchers minimize the effects of endophyte-infected fescue forage, said Dirk Philipp, assistant professor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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Use careful nutritional management following AI

Use careful nutritional management following AI

Troy Smith

The Cattle Business Weekly

As spring sets in and most beef herds move their focus from calving season to breeding season, it’s a good time to revisit reproduction protocols – particularly nutrition. At the Range Beef Cow Symposium held in Rapid City this winter, University of Wyoming beef cattle specialist Scott Lake did just that. Additionally, University of Idaho Beef Specialist John Hall provided an update on the potential of sexed semen use by commercial cow-calf producers. Here are their comments.

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Evaluate Marketing Strategies in Current Markets

Evaluate Marketing Strategies in Current Markets

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

In Part 1 of this series we started by pointing out the obvious, that the beef cattle markets have been exceptional and that profits to the cattleman have been unprecedented. While attending a recent conference I had the opportunity to listen to a presentation by Dan Basse, the founder of AgResource, an ag market research and consulting firm who works daily to keep in tune with all the dynamics affecting multiple facets of production agriculture.

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Nevada “Range War” Seems A Tough Story To Unravel

Nevada "Range War" Seems A Tough Story To Unravel

Jesse Bussard

Beef Producer

By now most of the nation is aware of the self-proclaimed "range war" brewing on the ranch of Cliven Bundy in Clark County, Nevada. The situation is complex, and like most complex issues it’s hard to pinpoint who’s in the right and who’s in the wrong on this one.

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Cattle leader says deal undermines U.S. beef

Cattle leader says deal undermines U.S. beef

Julie Harker

Brownfield Network

A member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association board of directors from Missouri says the Japan/Australia trade deal seeks to undermine U.S. trade in the Trans Pacific Partnership which is under negotiation.

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Technology Lag: We Don’t Have Time

Technology Lag: We Don’t Have Time

Dr. Jared Decker

A Steak in Geonomics

From Shauna Hermel’s Twitter feed, I came across this article about David Buchanan’s talk at the 2013 BIF Research Symposium and Convention. Buchanan said,    There is a sizable investment being made in agricultural research, which should result in new technologies, but it takes time for development and adoption, and then for the benefits to be realized. Historically, it takes about 30 years. We don’t have 30 years.

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Cut dry matter losses with these four management tactics

Cut dry matter losses with these four management tactics

Ann Behling

Hay and Forage Grower

Todd Bengen estimates his family has improved dry matter recovery by three percentage points on their bunkers of corn silage, alfalfa haylage and earlage – just by fine-tuning covering strategies. With more than 2,200 irrigated crop acres and nearly 4,300 dairy cows and replacement heifers to feed, those savings add up.

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Ways to keep cattle herd healthy

Ways to keep cattle herd healthy

Rusty Clark

The Leaf Chronicle

There are many aspects to keeping a herd of cattle healthy. Vaccinations, worming, and other methods are often what we think of. But if you want your calves to be born healthy next year and your cows to remain healthy and productive, nutrition is as important as anything.

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Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They’re Here To Stay

Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They’re Here To Stay

Maanvi Singh

NPR

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.

Sorry to ruin your appetite, but it’s time to talk about cow belches. Humans the world over are eating meat and drinking milk — some of us , some of us a lot more, than years past. Farmers are bringing more and more cows into the world to meet demand, and with them escapes more methane into the atmosphere.

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Do Steers or Heifers Produce Better Beef?

Do Steers or Heifers Produce Better Beef?

Jeannine Schweihofer

AgWeb

Very small differences are noted between beef from steers and heifers after looking at large populations of data. Michigan State University Extension summarized studies for carcass traits and instrumental tenderness that compared beef from heifers and steers.

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