Daily Archives: August 20, 2014

Baxter Black, DVM:  A Happy Day in the Milking Barn

Baxter Black, DVM:  A Happy Day in the Milking Barn

When someone tells me they grew up on a dairy farm I say, “You have paid your dues, my son."

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Have a Plan to Keep Trouble Outside the Fence

Have a Plan to Keep Trouble Outside the Fence

Barb Baylor Anderson

Progressive Farmer

When Kniebel Cattle Company joined a value-added marketing program, it took a fresh look at its herd health plan. The Kniebels were concerned something as common as trichomoniasis or bovine viral diarrhea might be a stumbling block that would be hard for their operation to recover. As a precaution, they added an extra layer of biosecurity.

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Are greener pastures ahead for beef industry?

Are greener pastures ahead for beef industry?

Dallas Morning News

“It’s so green and lush,” Cope, 35, a fourth-generation calf breeder, said of the knee-high grasses that feed his cows about 55 miles from the Oklahoma border. “We’ve been getting plenty of rain. 2014 so far has let us consider expanding once again and make up for the numbers that we sold off.”

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The profit key: working within your farm

The profit key: working within your farm

Jon Bansen

Graze

At the latest American Forage and Grasslands Council meeting, the buzz was about increasing profitability by extending the grazing season. Although one piece of the puzzle, it’s also true that increased days on pasture can come at a high price if soils and plant health are degraded.

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Trip to Sunnybrae Farm – Mob Grazing

Trip to Sunnybrae Farm – Mob Grazing

Margaret Dunn

Practical Farming

I was given the privilege to journey to Sunnybrae Farm in Saskatchewan, the home of Neil Dennis, one of the main speakers for the 2014 PFI Annual Conference.  Along with other professionals and experienced farmers, I saw the power and potential of high stocking density grazing, soil health and forage diversity, and most of all, innovation. 

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Prepare Heifers to Be Productive Cows

Prepare Heifers to Be Productive Cows

Glen Selk

Beef Producer

While strong cattle prices are encouraging beef producers to develop replacement heifers it pays to condition bred heifers for optimal health, says Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension emeritus livestock specialist.

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Garage sale on distillers grain products

Garage sale on distillers grain products

Kevin Gould

Michigan State University

The average DDG price has fallen for eighteen consecutive weeks, declining $138 in that period. We are now at an average four-year low of $101 per ton this week. The recent decline in grain commodity prices have reduced rations cost to levels not seen in years.

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Management seminar helps beef producer raise livestock more humanely

Management seminar helps beef producer raise livestock more humanely

Purdue Extension

Norman Voyles Jr. truly enjoys the work he does on the Voyles Farms, Inc. grain and livestock farm he and his brother, Jim, own near Martinsville. And he credits a Purdue Extension program with helping him stay current on best practices for humane handling of cattle.

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Genex Reports Record Beef Semen Sales to Dairy Herds

Genex Reports Record Beef Semen Sales to Dairy Herds

AGWeb

Over the past 30 months, Genex Cooperative, Inc. has marketed more than 300,000 units of beef semen to dairy herds. The marked increase in sales of beef genetics to dairy herds is attributed to technological advances enabling producers to target matings to a specific purpose as well as tight beef supplies and record low beef cattle numbers.

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Correct moisture makes the best silage

Correct moisture makes the best silage

Bruce Anderson

Forage

Proper moisture content may be the most important aspect to making good silage. Silage harvested too wet and immature reduces yield per acre. It can result in nutrient losses and environmental damage from seepage, and it often produces an inefficient, sour clostridial fermentation that reduces intake by livestock as well as experiences extra dry matter losses.

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