Daily Archives: September 25, 2014

Cull Breeding Stock Carefully

Cull Breeding Stock Carefully

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

I do not look at age as a primary culling criterion. I focus on an annual performance review to help me make the call.

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Replacement Prices High but Reasonable

Replacement Prices High but Reasonable

Wes Ishmael


It’s plumb difficult to get a feel for exactly how much herd expansion is taking place. On one hand, analysts with USDA’s Economic Research Service explained in the August Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook, “Despite improvements in national pasture conditions and anecdotal observations, heifer retention for increasing future breeding cow inventories was not validated in National Agricultural Statistics Service’s (NASS) July 1 Cattle Report.”

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Might be a good year to creep feed calves

Might be a good year to creep feed calves

Aimee Nielson

University of Kentucky

With record-high cattle prices, many Kentucky beef producers might look to creep feeding to put additional weight on calves before weaning. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment beef specialist Jeff Lehmkuhler isn’t usually a fan of the feeding method, however, he believes it may provide an opportunity this year.

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Resources for estrus synch and AI

Resources for estrus synch and AI

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

Reproduction is the single-most important factor in profitability in cow-calf herds, says University of Nebraska animal scientist and beef reproduction specialist Rick Funston, PhD. And in today’s market, a high calving percentage, and a high percentage of calves born early in the calving season, add more than ever to a rancher’s bottom line.

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Track Grazing With New Online Tool

Track Grazing With New Online Tool

Beef Producer

The Montana Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative recently launched a new web-based planning and record keeping program for ranchers and grazing managers. GrazeKeeper is an electronic tool to manage livestock and pasture inventory, grazing plans, and grazing records.

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Field day features cattle management, weed control

Field day features cattle management, weed control

The Franklin Sun

Cattle producers drove as far as 100 miles to get the latest research-based information that included pharmaceutical best management practices, buying and retaining replacement heifers and pasture weed control at the second annual northeast Louisiana beef and forage field day at the Goldmine Plantation.

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Changing needles promotes effective biosecurity

Changing needles promotes effective biosecurity

Doug Bear

Progressive Cattleman

The goal of a biosecurity plan on both beef and dairy farms is to protect animals from disease and maintain herd health to proudly produce a safe, wholesome and healthy beef product for our consumer’s plate.

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A Weed That’s Noxious In The Field, Tasty By The Bale

A Weed That’s Noxious In The Field, Tasty By The Bale

Florrie Kohn

Hay and Forage Grower

One whiff of Russian knapweed and there’s no mistaking its nasty nature. Beef cows will avoid the noxious perennial in the field, but when it’s cut and baled, they’ll eat it as readily as they would alfalfa, says David Bohnert, Oregon State University Extension beef specialist.

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NCBA issues another warning on WOTUS impact

NCBA issues another warning on WOTUS impact

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Network

Despite EPA’s assurances to the contrary, a top officer of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association remains convinced the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule would greatly expand the scope of the Clean Water Act.

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Disappearance of net wrap in forage-fed steers

Disappearance of net wrap in forage-fed steers

S.I. Klein and C.R. Dahlen

South Dakota State University

Whether producers remove net wrap or twine prior to grinding or shredding bales is an individual decision that largely is dictated by time, cost of the bale-processing equipment and ability to pull net wrap off frozen bales.

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