Daily Archives: August 19, 2014

Grazing Recycles Nutrients

Grazing Recycles Nutrients

Peter Callan

Virginia Tech

Missouri researchers estimated that grazing animals recycle 75-85% of forage nutrients consumed. An even distribution of manure throughout a paddock is required for productive plant and animal growth. Intensity of grazing rotations affects the manure coverage in paddocks.

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The Wild West Days Of Tax Shelter Feeding

The Wild West Days Of Tax Shelter Feeding

Kenneth Eng


No discussion of the 1970s would be complete without discussing tax shelter feeding programs. Maximum tax rates at that time were in the 70-90% range. Shelters varied in sophistication and complexity, but the basic concept was to buy a light calf, and prepay the entire feed bill of approximately $150-$200.

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Beef promotion is your job

Beef promotion is your job

Dr. Dave Barz

Tri State Livestock News

It’s hard to believe summer is almost over. What happened to those hot dry days when the temps soared to over 100 degrees? Not many of those this summer but if we need to talk about the weather we can always talk about the precipitation.

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Supplement Boosts Operation’s Conception Rates by 15%

Supplement Boosts Operation’s Conception Rates by 15%

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

In 1935, in an effort to help ranchers hit hard by the Dust Bowl, the U.S. government bought 547 head of Hereford cattle in Arizona and New Mexico, and shipped them to the Seminole reservation in Florida. While the purchase may have helped the ranchers, it didn’t do the cattle any favors. Most couldn’t survive on the poor-quality flatwoods forages.

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Cattle health during the dog days of summer: Treating responsibly

Cattle health during the dog days of summer: Treating responsibly

Laura Mushrush

Bovine Veterinarian

In order to administer treatments the safest way possible for both the rancher and the cattle, good handling procedures to calm animals’ dispositions are recommended. When it comes to method of treatment, Maas strongly urges producers not to use air-powered vaccination guns since injection site and administration is highly susceptible to error.

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Grass-Fed or Grain-Fed Beef – What’s Better For Me?

Grass-Fed or Grain-Fed Beef – What’s Better For Me?

Dr. John Comerford

Best Food Facts

When looking at the environmental impacts of grass- and grain-fed beef, "there is a 500% increase in greenhouse gas emissions for each pound of beef produced from grass-fed compared to grain-fed cattle. Uncontrolled nitrogen and phosphate release to the environment, 35% more water use, and 30% more land use for grass-fed cattle compared to grain-fed increases the environmental impact of strictly grass feeding."

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Should We Meet Consumer Desires, Or Educate Them?

Should We Meet Consumer Desires, Or Educate Them?

Troy Marshall


I visited last week with cattlemen involved in a small branded beef program called Red Rock Beef. I’m amazed by how much they’ve learned about consumers since they started marketing directly to them.

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History Lesson in Packing Plant Closures

History Lesson in Packing Plant Closures

Katie Allen

Kansas State University

“For more than 12 years we’ve been shrinking the U.S. beef herd, so we need fewer processing plants and feedlots than we used to,” Tonsor said. “Economists call this excess capacity in the industry. Plant-by-plant there may be individual reasons for the closings, but the national-level story of why we are having closures is we simply have more hooks and more processing capacity than we need.”

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Safety first: Biosecurity is important for a beef cattle operation

Safety first: Biosecurity is important for a beef cattle operation

Robert Fears

The Eagle

A herd health program for beef cattle operations is not complete without an executed biosecurity plan. Biosecurity management practices are designed to prevent the spread of disease by minimizing the movement of biologic organisms and their vectors such as viruses, bacteria, rodents and flies onto and within your operation.

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