Daily Archives: April 7, 2015

Baxter Black, DVM:  Take Care of Yer Friends

Baxter Black, DVM:  Take Care of Yer Friends

Friend is a word that I don’t throw around

Though it’s used and abused, I still like the sound.

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Replacement Heifers Post Breeding Management

Replacement Heifers Post Breeding Management

Julie Walker


Replacement heifer’s breeding season is quickly approaching and getting them ready strategies vary by operation. The ultimate goal however is usually the same, “getting the heifers bred” and preferably early in the breeding season. Little attention is paid however to post breeding management.

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Cattle branded for protection, not showmanship

Cattle branded for protection, not showmanship

April Baumgarten

AG Week

As a kid, I showed cattle. We carted, or rather trailered, registered Herefords around the Midwest. Sometimes we lost, sometimes we won big. And sometimes, we felt like the judge was either blind or didn’t know what a good animal was.

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6 steps to determining 2015 pasture rental rates

6 steps to determining 2015 pasture rental rates

Beef Producer

High grain prices of years past have kept pasture land in short supply and raised rent prices for some beef producers. However, at the start of last year, a Michigan State University Extension specialist suggested it may be time to renegotiate as commodities began to trend lower.

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Beef producers, consumers must find common ground on production ethics

Beef producers, consumers must find common ground on production ethics

Wes Ishmael


“We say that we’re growing food, that it’s a noble cause, and that it should take precedence over everything else,” said Dave Daley, who is the fifth generation operating his family’s California ranch.

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Our Grandkids Will be Vegans

Our Grandkids Will be Vegans

Dennis Maley

The Bradenton Times

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Meat has been an American staple all of my life. Statistically, per-capita meat consumption has grown steadily over the past four decades and the average American now eats around 280 pounds of meat per year – or 155 pounds more than the USDA recommended annual maximum from the entire protein group (including meat, eggs, nuts, etc.).

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Water limits renew urban vs. rural debate

Water limits renew urban vs. rural debate

Chris Nichols

U-T SanDiego

The mandatory water cuts ordered this week by Gov. Jerry Brown target California’s cities and towns, which account for about 20 percent of the state’s human use of water. Brown’s unprecedented action, however, doesn’t directly curb the state’s largest user of water: agriculture, which drinks up about 80 percent of the diminishing resource used each year, as it does in most Western states.

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A civil conversation about the future of food

A civil conversation about the future of food

Kelsey Faivre

Feedstuffs Foodlink

With a clear majority of scientists supporting the safety of transgenic crops, the debate surrounding these crops "is a social one fueled by fear and misinformation," he said. Folta used a fungus-resistant strawberry and a citrus tree resistant to citrus greening as examples of future applications of transgenic breeding.

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Estrus synchronization and artificial insemination in beef cattle

Estrus synchronization and artificial insemination in beef cattle

Travis Peardon

Southwest Booster

With walking bull prices increasing every season, interest in estrus synchronization and artificial insemination (AI) has sparked producers to look for cost effective ways to get their cows pregnant.

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Tips For Timely, Low-Maintenance Calving

Tips For Timely, Low-Maintenance Calving

Gene Johnston


Cows that calf late one year almost always do it again the next. It’s not impossible to catch them up, but it rarely happens. That’s because when a cow calves, you really only have 80 days to get her bred again for the next year just to maintain the same calving date, says Mike Smith, University of Missouri beef reproductive specialist.

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