Daily Archives: July 3, 2014

Amid the BBQ, parades, fireworks, let’s remember holiday’s meaning

Amid the BBQ, parades, fireworks, let’s remember holiday’s meaning

Hembree Brandon

Delta Farm Press

Were there odds makers 238 years ago, the bets likely would’ve been pretty long against the success of the fledgling exercise in democracy and self-government birthed July 4.

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High density cattle numbers per acre can improve soil biology, plants and cattle

High density cattle numbers per acre can improve soil biology, plants and cattle

Terri Adams

The Prairie Star

If producers want to boost forage production, produce higher-performing cattle and lower input costs, the answer is right beneath their boots. “It’s all about soil biology,” said Justin Morris, a range and pasture specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Dillon, Mont.

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The long-term impact of cow nutrition

The long-term impact of cow nutrition


Experts in human health have long known that the mother’s nutrition during pregnancy can positively or negatively affect the long-term health of her baby. Many of the interactions, however, are not well understood and remain under study.

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Crossbreeding – Back to the Future

Crossbreeding – Back to the Future

David A. Daley

California State University

At a time when all of our input costs have increased dramatically, and the value of cow efficiency is paramount, we continue to find arguments against using crossbreeding primarily centered on the concepts of consistency and marketability. Clearly, there are specific instances in the commercial cattle sector where heterosis has been used effectively used.

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Attention to herd health may help your cattle weather a natural disaster.

Attention to herd health may help your cattle weather a natural disaster.

Kindra Gordon

Hereford World

Mother Nature can throw some unexpected — and extreme — curve balls at cattle ranchers from time to time — from drought and floods to hurricanes that come ashore or tornados that touch down.

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Red Angus Members Appointed to BIF Board

Red Angus Members Appointed to BIF Board

The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) was well represented at the 46th annual Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and Convention in Lincoln, Neb., June 18-21. At the end of the annual meeting, BIF leaders changed hands and elected the 2014-2015 Board of Directors. Craig Bieber of Leola, S.D., and Joe Mushrush of Strong City, Kan., will assume new roles within the federation.

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Supporting beginning farmers and ranchers

Supporting beginning farmers and ranchers

Dave Russell

Brownfield Network

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced new policies that will provide beginning farmers and ranchers additional financial security. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Krysta Harden tells Brownfield the new policies are part of the new Farm Bill.

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Heat impacts bull fertility

Heat impacts bull fertility

Glenn Selk


Recently a producer asked about the impact that the heat of the summer of 2012 may have had on the reduced calf crop that was discovered the following spring. In particular, they wanted to know if high summer temperatures could lead to reduced fertility in bull.

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A beef over cattle in early Arizona

A beef over cattle in early Arizona

Clay Thompson

The Arizona Republic

As a young man in 1969, I worked at a summer Salvation Army camp in Peppersauce Canyon, near Oracle. We were told that one of the last cattle-range wars of the early 20th century was fought at that site. I cannot find any verification of such a tussle and am hoping your sources are better than mine.

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