Daily Archives: December 5, 2014

BeefTalk: Step 1 for Buying a Bull: Find the Base Herd EPD Values

BeefTalk: Step 1 for Buying a Bull: Find the Base Herd EPD Values

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The first step when buying a new bull is to access the traits of the old bulls. Breeding programs tend to be long term, and the current herd is a product of the old bulls.

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Bred heifers commanding big prices

Bred heifers commanding big prices

FarmTalk

Before his Show-Me-Select replacement heifer sale, Eldon Cole hoped to top $1.5 million for 521 heifers from area cattle producers enrolled in the University of Missouri beef betterment plan. The MU livestock specialist hit it, with dollars to spare.

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Fall calving born of necessity

Fall calving born of necessity

Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

There is not much to stop a bitter north wind as Clark BreDahl checks part of his cow herd. “It can get pretty cold up here,” he says. “But, the cattle don’t mind it.”

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Schulz Evaluates the Cost of Buying Superior Cattle Genetics

Schulz Evaluates the Cost of Buying Superior Cattle Genetics

Oklahoma Farm Report

How much is it worth to step up your beef genetics for your mamma cow herd? This may include buying a higher quality bull, perhaps artificial insemination or using embryo transfer. There are a lot of ways producers can improve their herd, but it does cost money to improve genetics significantly.

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Agriculture can’t allow outsiders to define sustainability

Agriculture can’t allow outsiders to define sustainability

Troy Marshall

BEEF

At first blush, one would think that defining sustainability and efficiency shouldn’t take more than few moments. Sustainability, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is defined as “harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.” USDA has already produced a legal definition of sustainable agriculture.

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Beef producers vote for another $1 per head of cattle

Beef producers vote for another $1 per head of cattle

Ted Sloan

Columbia Magazine

Kentucky beef cattle producers voted to assess themselves an additional $1 per head on cattle marketed in Kentucky in a statewide referendum held in November. The final tally was 1,816 in favor of the state check off and 1,423 against. The assessment will take effect April 1, 2015.

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Longtime resident gives a home on the range to longhorn cattle

Longtime resident gives a home on the range to longhorn cattle

Mark Waite

Pahrump Valley Times

While Americans are digesting their turkey dinners on Thanksgiving, there’s a few locals who prefer beef. Texas longhorns have a home on the range on the south end of Pahrump, where longtime developer Hollis Harris is raising a herd of 20 cattle on Bond Street.

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Keep Germs Out Of Your Expanding Cow Herd (Also Known as Biosecurity)

Keep Germs Out Of Your Expanding Cow Herd (Also Known as Biosecurity)

Richard Randle

University of Nebraska

As cattle prices go up, more and more producers are thinking of increasing their herd size. For many, this increase comes from outside sources- like a neighbor, sale barn, or video auction.

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Heifer retention shapes current feedlot, carcass performance

Heifer retention shapes current feedlot, carcass performance

Drovers

It’s hard to pick up a farm paper without seeing an article speculating on cowherd expansion. Yes, there are logical reasons for that, starting with the obvious: cattle prices. Next in line is the above-average forage now available in much of cow-calf country, long plagued by drought.

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Forage testing can show low nutrient levels going into harsh winter

Forage testing can show low nutrient levels going into harsh winter

Emma Hopkins

Forage testing can help producers identify deficiencies in supplies so they can determine nutrient supplements to counter what could be another harsh winter, a Purdue Extension beef cattle specialist says.

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