Daily Archives: April 10, 2015

BeefTalk: Start Planning Now if the Summer Looks Dry

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.

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$70K in Bull Semen Stolen from Minnesota Farm

$70K in Bull Semen Stolen from Minnesota Farm

ABC News

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.

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Understanding and Using Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs)

Understanding and Using Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs)

Brett Barham

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.

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On-Farm Practices of Beef Producers and Processors: What Are the Gaps in Food Safety?

On-Farm Practices of Beef Producers and Processors: What Are the Gaps in Food Safety?

Jacqueline Kochak

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.

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Sorghum silage vs. corn silage: 5 management considerations

Sorghum silage vs. corn silage: 5 management considerations

Beef Producer

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.

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Feed Efficiency Tied to Size Corn is Ground

Feed Efficiency Tied to Size Corn is Ground

DTN

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.

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Groups Challenge Major USDA Change to Organic Rule

Groups Challenge Major USDA Change to Organic Rule

Cornucopia

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.

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