Daily Archives: October 30, 2014

Fall calving when the opportunity strikes

Fall calving when the opportunity strikes

Laura Mushrush

Drovers

For most cow-calf operations across the United States, fall’s early frost marks a time when weaning of spring-born calves is complete or coming to an end and cows are prepped to finish gestation through the cold winter months.

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Determining how much forage a beef cow can consume daily

Determining how much forage a beef cow can consume daily

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

It’s October, and spring-born calves are weaned or about to be weaned. Now it’s time for producers to turn their focus to mapping out the feeding program for their cow herd.

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Evaluating Cattle Feeding Sites Vital to Producers

Evaluating Cattle Feeding Sites Vital to Producers

Kansas State University

“If producers live in the western part of the state, rainfall is at a minimum,” Graber explained. “From an environmental standpoint, that makes it easier to deal with, because we can minimize runoff. Conversely, if they live in the southeastern part of the state and get 45 inches of rain a year, we have a lot of potential runoff to deal with.”

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Tax Planning for High Income

Tax Planning for High Income

Tina Barrett

University of Nebraska

For the past 5 years I’ve been writing articles for crop farmers on how to manage the unprecedented amount of income flowing through their operations and now it is the turn of the livestock producer to worry about what to do with all the extra income.

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The impact of dressing percent on cull cow marketing

The impact of dressing percent on cull cow marketing

Glenn Selk

Roosevelt County Agriculture

Cull cows that are destined to go to the packing house are graded by their fleshiness. The fattest cows are called “Breakers.” Moderately fleshed cows are “Boners.” Thin cows are called “Leans” or “Lights,” depending upon the weight of the cow. There will be price differences among these four grades. There will be price differences among these four grades.

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Will my alfalfa survive the coming winter?

Will my alfalfa survive the coming winter?

Phil Kaatz

Michigan State University

During the 2014 growing season, much of Michigan had cooler and wetter weather, preventing many alfalfa producers from being able to harvest high quality dry alfalfa hay on a timely basis.

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Protect Livestock From Sweet Clover Disease

Protect Livestock From Sweet Clover Disease

Beef Today

“Unfortunately, proper harvesting can be difficult,” says Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock stewardship specialist and veterinarian. “If cutting is delayed until full bloom, the large, high-moisture stems will take a longer time to dry than the leaves.

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