BeefTalk: Start Planning Now if the Summer Looks Dry
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Agricultural producers often experience feelings of uncertainty that are sourced in many day-to-day issues. The biggest uncertainty is the weather. Those operations that push the limit for production will experience greater uncertainty than those that target production to the long-term average.
$70K in Bull Semen Stolen from Minnesota Farm
Police are investigating the theft of about $70,000 worth of bull semen from a farm in southern Minnesota. Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi says a LeRoy man reported Tuesday that a storage canister with vials of bull semen was taken from his unlocked barn.
Understanding and Using Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs)
University of Arkansas
Sire summaries are published by breed associations to provide current genetic evaluations on progeny-proven sires. While the sire summary formats may vary among breeds, they all are designed to use the best linear unbiased prediction procedures to produce expected progeny differences (EPDs) for all cattle that have legitimate performance records.
On-Farm Practices of Beef Producers and Processors: What Are the Gaps in Food Safety?
Food Safety Magazine
The Southeast could be a locavore’s dream. As the region’s population has grown, the cities have become affluent hubs, increasing demand for direct-farm sales and farmers markets. The climate is mild, large swaths of the region boast fertile soil and the living is comparatively cheap, so scores of small farmers have responded to the local foods movement by raising everything from organic vegetables to grass-fed cattle and free-range chickens.
Sorghum silage vs. corn silage: 5 management considerations
With sorghum acreage gaining ground, some beef producers might be inclined to harvest sorghum silage over corn silage. While sorghum silage can provide an alternative, not all are created equal, according to Dr. Ellen Jordan and Dr. Ted McCollum, dairy and beef specialists for Texas A&M Extension.
Feed Efficiency Tied to Size Corn is Ground
Chris Reinhardt, Kansas State research and extension feedlot specialist, recently completed a study of over 34 feedlots, looking at average corn particle size used in finishing diets.
Groups Challenge Major USDA Change to Organic Rule
Organic stakeholders have filed a lawsuit in federal court, maintaining that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) violated the federal rulemaking process when it changed established procedures for reviewing the potential hazards and need for allowed synthetic and prohibited natural substances used in producing organic food.
Being vigilant about calf scours is critical
Farm and Ranch Guide
A couple of years ago the Minnesota Extension Beef Team conducted a study to identify the primary inefficiencies in cow-calf operations around the state.
Ideas from fescue school can change livestock grazing on a farm forever
One day in school for a grassland farmer can change the farm forever, says a University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. A novel endophyte fescue school tells how to increase calf gains, cow’s milk, herd health and reproduction rates, says Craig Roberts, a member of the Alliance for Grassland Renewal.
Challenges to Improving Animal Care: Insights by Dr. Bernard Rollin
Dr. Bernard Rollin, Colorado State University Distinguished Professor in Philosophy and Bioethics, shared his insights during the February 4th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. Dr. Rollin highlighted some of the current challenges to improving animal care, specifically related to beef cattle production.