Daily Archives: July 25, 2014

BeefTalk: May Calving Bull Turnout is Aug. 1

BeefTalk: May Calving Bull Turnout is Aug. 1

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Given later calving, 99 percent of the cows are calving within the first two breeding cycles (42 days) at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. The center switched to May calving in 2012. So far, following late-calving on grass in 2013 and 2014, the cows have rebred very well. Again this year, the bulls will be turned out on Aug. 1, with the expected start of the 2015 calving season set at May 10.

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Look in the Mirror: What do We Need to Change?

Look in the Mirror: What do We Need to Change?

Jared Decker

A Steak in Genomics

Despite errors in the analysis, should the beef industry decrease its use of feed grains? People such as John Wood, of US Wellness Meats, would probably say so. If we are interested in producing beef for a ground beef nation, do we need to grain finish cattle?

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Grazing broker aims to make a difference in the conservation industry

Grazing broker aims to make a difference in the conservation industry

Mary Hookham

Agri-View

Laura Paine faces each new day hoping for a challenge. Her new position as grazing broker with Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council, a non-profit sustainable rural economic development organization based in Platteville, will hopefully provide that for her.

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Kansas Rancher Presents Best Practices for Beef Cattle Grazing

Kansas Rancher Presents Best Practices for Beef Cattle Grazing

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

His methods show how easy grazing planning and record keeping can be for grazing managers. This is true despite the fact Long moves cattle daily throughout most of the growing season and every other day through most of the dormant season on the ranch he leases near Beaumont, Kan.

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Indiana Senator says EPA should follow farmers lead

Indiana Senator says EPA should follow farmers lead

Meghan Grebner

Brownfield Network

The debate over the Waters of the US rule isn’t over yet.  And the agriculture industry continues to voice its concern about potential overreaching regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Centuries-old sustainable agriculture practice is ‘cool’ again

Centuries-old sustainable agriculture practice is ‘cool’ again

Progressive Forage Grower

Citing the use of cover crops since the time of the pharaohs, founding partner of Grassland Oregon, Risa DeMasi, moderated a panel of industry experts gathered at the recent American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) convention to discuss the resurgence of interest in the production, distribution and regulation of cover crop seed.

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Beef is Killing the Planet…and Elvis is Riding a Rainbow-Belching Unicorn

Beef is Killing the Planet…and Elvis is Riding a Rainbow-Belching Unicorn

Bovidiva

My Twitter feed just exploded. Yet another study has been released claiming that if we all just gave up beef, the planet would be saved, Elvis would come back from the dead, and rainbow-belching unicorns would graze the Northern Great Plains.

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3 Alternatives For Replacement Beef Heifers

3 Alternatives For Replacement Beef Heifers

Burke Teichert

BEEF

We hear quite often that the high cost of developing a replacement heifer dictates that we keep as few as possible. We also hear that a cow must wean 4-6 calves before she breaks even.

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Missouri Cattleman Testifies on the Changing Face of Small Businesses

Missouri Cattleman Testifies on the Changing Face of Small Businesses

NCBA

Small businesses are the lifeblood of rural America, but for those in the cattle industry, governing statutes and regulations have not evolved alongside the changing business models.

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Answers for Anaplasmosis

Answers for Anaplasmosis

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Keep anaplasmosis levels down by controlling biting flies and ticks, and using clean needles and equipment.

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