Daily Archives: May 14, 2014

Economic Advantages to Implanting Nursing Calves

Economic Advantages to Implanting Nursing Calves

University of Nebraska

Many new technologies have been made available to the beef industry over the last 50 years. Few technologies have the potential return on investment as do growth promoting implants for nursing calves. The term “implant” is used to refer to a group of products used in the cattle industry that increase rate of growth by placing an absorbable product under the skin on the back of the ear.

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Beef Cattle and Alfalfa Do Mix Profitably

Beef Cattle and Alfalfa Do Mix Profitably

University of Missouri

For many years, beef cattle producers have been under the impression that alfalfa was too expensive to feed to their cattle, especially their cows. "More recently cows have become pretty valuable and alfalfa, the queen of forages, just might fit a producer’s supplemental feeding plans," said Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

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New Bacteria Behind Some Cases of Pinkeye

New Bacteria Behind Some Cases of Pinkeye

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

Pinkeye is a disease that just doesn’t play fair. And it’s getting trickier all the time. A simple vaccination used to be the answer and producers could get along for years with no pinkeye in their herds.

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Fertilizing Cool-Season Grasses in May

Fertilizing Cool-Season Grasses in May

Bruce Anderson

South Dakota Ag Connection

Many pastures have good soil moisture from spring rains. Fertilizer might help you take advantage of that moisture. Grass growth is stimulated by nitrogen fertilizer just like other crops. One key to profitable fertilizing of pastures, though, is to time fertilization to stimulate grass growth for when you need it.

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Cow pregnancy rates affected by disposition

Cow pregnancy rates affected by disposition

Glenn Selk

FarmTalk

Now we have another good excuse to cull cows due to bad temperament.  Producers that routinely breed cows artificially realize that cows that are unruly and nervous are less likely to conceive to artificial insemination.

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USDA offers more support for smaller operations

USDA offers more support for smaller operations

Iowa Farmer Today

The USDA has announced additional support and resources for farmers and ranchers with small and mid-sized operations. This is the second major USDA package this year in support of small and mid-sized producers, according to a news release.

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The dynamic state of the US meat industry

The dynamic state of the US meat industry

Steve Kay

Beef Central

Whoever thought a so-called mature industry like meat and livestock could be so dynamic. I’ve written about the industry worldwide since 1973, firstly in New Zealand, then in Europe and now in the US. Covering the American industry is right now the most exciting period I have experienced.

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