BeefTalk: The Cow Herd Struggles to Expand
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Numbers always are floating by, but, if one stops to read them, they mean something. For example, I picked up a pamphlet that had the 2013 net returns per acre for several crops in western North Dakota. Based on cash-rented land, there was a spring wheat net return of $55.65 per acre, $77.32 for winter wheat, $28.35 for corn as grain, $93.73 for soybeans, $71.04 for oil sunflowers and $36.73 per acre for alfalfa/grass hay.
Biting the hand that feeds you
In the creeping corners of organic vegetable stands and the shadows of specialty stores lurks a very disturbing creature. Willowy in form with daunting pale skin, it sniffs and picks through an assortment of produce, eyeing each one like a hawk.
“Monsanto,” someone murmurs.
Ranchers coming around on global warming
Los Angeles Daily News
The chorus of global warming deniers has not shrunk. Outcries claiming the entire issue is fraudulent are not going away. But realism is also slowly setting in among some California groups that long tried to wish away the issue by claiming any warming that’s happening is strictly a cyclical natural phenomenon.
New ideas and improvements available for calf processing
The traditional time for getting calves ready for grass is over. Now it is time to review problems you had this year with an eye toward improving the operation for next year.
Wheelchair doesn’t stop Nebraska man from ranching, auctioneering — or teaching youth about farm safety
Tri State Livestock News
There are numerous reasons why Hebron, Neb. rancher and farm activist Clayton Hergott wants to instill in the next generation intensive farm safety knowledge.
First comes the flame, then the burn
While fire rejuvenates and assists nature with plant reproduction, fire doesn’t discriminate between plant species – between cheatgrass seed and sagebrush seed. It doesn’t care. It can also ravage structures and endanger habitat and human lives.
Where’s the beef? What social media and cows have in common
David B. Rockland
Season Solorio, senior director, issues management, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, and Angie Jeffrey, senior counsel to CARMA International, president, MeasurementMatch.com, offered their insights.
Retirees find a new field in farming
Dallas Morning News
Standing at the edge of an overgrown field, Charles Noble, 65, cups his hands around his mouth and yells, “Mooowaaaahhh.” He hopes his bovine impression will motivate 68 cattle to follow him to a nearby creek. His herd is apparently not thirsty, preferring to munch on tall grass.
Young Calves, Summer Heat, and Water Consumption
Karla H. Jenkins
Universtiy of Nebraska
Many producers have found calving in late spring or summer allows them to match their feed resources to the cow’s nutrient requirements better than spring calving. Producers who choose to calve at this time need to also consider the water requirements of young calves during the heat of summer.
Ag groups oppose interpretative CWA rule
The agencies proudly issued statements proclaiming that farmers and ranchers need not worry – the exemptions in the interpretive rule, in conjunction with the proposed rule, will protect them from any additional permitting requirements under the law.