Daily Archives: July 28, 2014

Americans Continue to Demand Beef Amidst Record Prices

Americans Continue to Demand Beef Amidst Record Prices

Oklahoma Farm Report

Across the board cattle and beef prices have surpassed record levels. Speaking at the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association annual convention, Livestock Marketing Information Center Director Jim Robb says from an economist view its a combination of the supply and demand side coming together.

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Fall Grazing of Cover Crops

Fall Grazing of Cover Crops

Elaine Grings and Roger Gates.


If you are considering planting a cover crop after grain harvest, consider whether the planting might also serve as fall forage for livestock. Cover crops planted after harvesting a major cash crop can serve multiple benefits. Not only can they help prevent soil erosion, provide organic matter, and scavenge nitrogen, but an additional benefit can come from using cover crops as forage for livestock grazing.

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Lameness in Beef Cattle

Lameness in Beef Cattle

Kasey Brown

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Lameness has many causes and many treatments, says Jan Shearer, professor of Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine (VDPAM) at Iowa State University. He explained 12 different causes of lameness and corresponding treatment recommendations to attendees of the fourth annual International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare in Ames, Iowa, July 16-18.

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Wisconsin farmer creates mobile shade machine to keep livestock cool

Wisconsin farmer creates mobile shade machine to keep livestock cool

Rick Barrett

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

From a distance it looks like an enormous satellite dish or something NASA created for a mission to Mars, but step closer and you will quickly see it’s a "shade machine" used to keep livestock or people cool on hot days.

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Kernel processing and chop length goals

Kernel processing and chop length goals

Bill Seglar

Progressive Forage Grower

Producers who feed corn silage to their dairy cows or custom chop for customers understand the significance of good silage processing. As planning begins for this fall’s corn silage harvest, it’s a good time to ensure your operation is prepared for proper chop length and kernel processing of corn silage.

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Lessons from the show ring

Lessons from the show ring

Mary Soukup


It’s late July; temperatures are averaging in the mid- to upper-90s nearly every day – that can only mean one thing: it’s county fair time!

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Precision feeding the beef herd, learning from the dairy industry

Precision feeding the beef herd, learning from the dairy industry

Frank Wardynski

Michigan State University

Precision agriculture can be many different things. Using precision agriculture management practices frequently results in minimizing inputs and saving dollars. While there are few new technologies available to allow beef producers to more precisely feed the cow herd, established methodologies have existed to do just that.

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Building beef cow herd requires quality management and genetics

Building beef cow herd requires quality management and genetics

David J. Patterson

University of Missouri

Rebuilding a beef cow herd to capture record-setting high prices is more than saving heifers to breed. Dave Patterson, University of Missouri Extension beef specialist, said heifers need management – and new breeding technology.

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Cattle Market In A Frenzy

Cattle Market In A Frenzy

Greg Henderson


The spike in cash cattle prices comes ahead of two USDA reports to be issued this afternoon. The monthly cattle on feed report is expected to show on feed numbers down about 2 % from last year, and June placements to be down about 4 %. Cattle marketed during June is estimated to be down about 2 %.

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Follow beef quality assurance guidelines

Follow beef quality assurance guidelines

Robert Bourne

Durant Democrat

Summer time often brings a few infectious ailments to beef cows. Common problems include eye infections and foot rot. Treatment of affected cows will often involve the use of antibiotics. On very rare occasions violative residues of pharmaceutical products have been found in carcass tissues of cull beef cows

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