Daily Archives: December 19, 2014

BeefTalk: Step 1 for Bull Buying: Simmental Example

BeefTalk: Step 1 for Bull Buying: Simmental Example

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service

The bull pen evaluations continue at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. This week, the Simmental bulls are up for inspection. Like last week, let’s start by reviewing bulls used during the breeding season. Be sure the bull registration numbers are correct and the breeding inventories are updated with the culls from the previous breeding season noted.

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Collars for cows more than ‘bling’

Collars for cows more than ‘bling’

Jason Vance

FarmTalk

If you look at a herd of cattle in mid-Missouri, you may see them wearing collars. These collars contain Global Positioning System units that track cattle every second of the day. University of Missouri Extension is using this data to learn more about grazing preferences. 

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Year-round cattle pests steal from bottom line

Year-round cattle pests steal from bottom line

BEEF

“The healthier the cattle are, the better the immunity is, the better the calves will do and the more satisfied my client is,” says Ted Cundiff, DVM, a veterinarian in Richmond, Kentucky.

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Hot, hairy bull enables major scientific discoveries

Hot, hairy bull enables major scientific discoveries

Scoop

Hot, hairy bull enables major scientific discoveries. An artificial breeding bull which caused some of its offspring to be excessively hairy and prone to overheating has led to two world-first scientific discoveries. The bull called Matrix had inherited a previously unidentified genetic mutation from its sire and passed it on to offspring born in 2011 and 2012.

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This Minnesota cattle farmer had been doing a brisk business in Cuba. And then it stopped.

This Minnesota cattle farmer had been doing a brisk business in Cuba. And then it stopped.

Lydia Depillis

Washington Post

For a few years there, it looked like Ralph Kaehler might have been able to make a go of it in Cuba, where he started trading long before President Obama’s announcement Wednesday that relations between the two countries were finally beginning to thaw.

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BEEF up your winter feeding

BEEF up your winter feeding

Randy Kuhn

AGWeb

   During the winter; “Quality” hay, “Mol-Mag” type mineral blocks or tub’s, and other supplements should be fed to help cattle produce enough energy to stay warm AND continue putting on their recommended daily gains.

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Tennessee launches program to boost state’s beef herd

Tennessee launches program to boost state’s beef herd

Southeast Farm Press

Nationally, Tennessee has dropped from ninth in beef cattle production to 13th in the past two years due in part to a decrease in the state’s herd caused by economic and weather-related factors. Currently, the state hosts about 864,000 beef cows.

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Missouri Governor Calls For Beef Summit

Missouri Governor Calls For Beef Summit

Indiana Prairie Farmer

During a roundtable discussion with FFA students at Centralia High today, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon discussed his priorities for creating jobs in rural communities and expanding Missouri’s beef industry.

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What Section 179 means to your farm

What Section 179 means to your farm

Bob Meyer

Brownfield Network

In anticipation of President Obama signing the tax extenders legislation; Section 179 tax credits will be reinstated for 2014. Eric Gullicksrud is Tax and Accounting Manager for Badgerland Financial in Mondovi, Wisconsin, he says given what farm income was this year, especially for dairy and livestock producers, you may be tempted to run-out and make some big purchases. 

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Creston is Iowa Location for 3-State Beef Conference on January 13

Creston is Iowa Location for 3-State Beef Conference on January 13

Iowa Beef Center

Good news for beef producers who attended last year’s 3-State Beef Conference: Rick Rasby from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) is returning as a speaker for the Jan. 13 event.

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