Daily Archives: May 21, 2014

Fit Dewormer Program to the Herd

Fit Dewormer Program to the Herd

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

With 250 cows, their calves and his sale bulls, Lindy Sheppard believes in watching costs when it comes to dewormers. That’s why the Sylvania, Ga., producer saves the priciest products for the animals he believes need them most — namely his fall-born calves.

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Seven ranch management practices to profit

Seven ranch management practices to profit

Farm and Ranch Guide

What you do on the ranch sets the stage for value at the feedlot and all the way to the consumer. Tom Williams, owner-manager at Chappell Feedlot, has a history of working with ranchers to create profit for both retained ownership and purchased cattle since the early 1990s.

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Worried About Hormones?

Worried About Hormones?

Bruce Treffer

Bovine Veterinarian

There are a lot of concerns and mixed messages about hormones in beef. There are a few things to keep in mind the next time you hear that beef contains too many hormones.

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Picking a Summer Annual Forage

Picking a Summer Annual Forage

Dennis Hancock

The University of Georgia

Summer annual grasses are important forage crops in the Southeast. They have a significant fit in our forage systems to fill in the summer forage gap in the Fescue Belt and as an emergency forage crop for dry summers or bare ground. They also fit well in situations where perennial warm season grasses are not desired or do not have fit the circumstances.

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Caring for cattle about health, safety

Caring for cattle about health, safety

Barbara Quinn

Monterey Herald

"We’re looking to make sure everyone is healthy," he yelled back. "If babies don’t jump up or run away when we get close, or aren’t nursing, or have diarrhea … those are signs that they may not be well."

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Organic marketing: Not truthful, often misleading

Organic marketing: Not truthful, often misleading

John R. Block

Des Moines Register

As someone who has dedicated his career to agriculture, I’ve often wondered what drives the now double-digit growth in the $35 billion U.S. organic products industry. Why are so many people willing to pay premiums up to 100 percent or more for items that carry an organic label, and do they really understand what that label means and — even more important — what it doesn’t mean?

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The Role of GMO’s in Cattle Feed

The Role of GMO’s in Cattle Feed

Facts About Beef

Today, farmers and ranchers that raise meat, milk and eggs depend on crops like soybeans and corn as part of the balanced diet for their livestock. So, some of them choose to use GMO crops as critical components in their animal’s feed—others may choose not to use them.

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U.S. cattle production shifting westward

U.S. cattle production shifting westward

Carol Ryan Dumas

Captial Press

Reduced cropland pasture in the eastern half of the country in the 2012 Census of Agriculture correlates with the decreased number of beef cows in that region, indicating a westward shift in cattle production.

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International tastes for U.S. beef is good business for Midwest cattle producers

International tastes for U.S. beef is good business for Midwest cattle producers

Mark Roper

KSFY

It’s no secret here in the Midwest, one of our biggest industries is agriculture. But several local producers tells us they hope what grows here doesn’t stay here. KSFY News spoke with cattle producers who plan to sell local beef in the international marketplace.

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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.

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