Daily Archives: April 17, 2015

BeefTalk: Cattle Deserve a Professional Herd-health Program

BeefTalk: Cattle Deserve a Professional Herd-health Program

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Vaccinate because cattle immunity is a good thing. As cattle producers start to think about working all those calves that are on the ground, herd health is a priority.

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Bull breeding soundness examination can pay dividends

Bull breeding soundness examination can pay dividends

John Grimes

Ohio’s Country Journal

When considering all of the traits of importance to today’s cattleman and current market prices for all classes of beef cattle, the primary focus of any cow-calf producer should be fertility. While both the male and female contribute to herd’s level of fertility and its ultimate productivity, the herd sire is the more important component.

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Precondition for prime livestock

Precondition for prime livestock

Miranda Reiman

AgWeek

It’s been talked about for 60 years. It’s better for animals, preferred by most cattle feeders, and could provide a 169 percent return on investment.

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What 3 things should you look for in your cattle mineral?

What 3 things should you look for in your cattle mineral?

BEEF

“Not all minerals are created equal, and it’s important to recognize the differences in minerals that are out there,” says Greg Eckerle, beef technical consultant with Purina Animal Nutrition. “Even though mineral nutrition is complicated, you can easily evaluate or ask questions about a few different elements of a mineral supplement.”

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6 ways to optimize livestock baleage quality

6 ways to optimize livestock baleage quality

Beef Producer

If you’re thinking about implementing a livestock baleage feeding system, Patrick Gunn, ISU Extension cow-calf specialist, and Joe Sellers, ISU Extension beef program specialist, have six ways you can ensure the quality of your baleage.

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Managing the business through the cycles in agriculture

Managing the business through the cycles in agriculture

Sherry Bunting

Progressive Cattleman

The livestock sector will see increased profitability this year, according to Dr. David Kohl, Virginia Tech ag economics professor emeritus. He cited low cattle numbers and solid demand for beef, and he noted the prior movement of land “resources out of cattle and into grain sales when that market was high. Only some of those folks will return.”

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FDA Finds ‘Encouraging’ News in Report on Antimicrobial Resistance in Retail Meat

FDA Finds ‘Encouraging’ News in Report on Antimicrobial Resistance in Retail Meat

Savant 7

According to a federal report released Monday, there’s some “encouraging” news regarding antimicrobial resistance in foodborne pathogens.

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To close subsidy loophole, USDA wants to redefine ‘farmer’

To close subsidy loophole, USDA wants to redefine ‘farmer’

Abby Wendle

Harvest Public Media

Big farms are collecting taxpayer dollars that they haven’t necessarily earned by taking advantage of a loophole in government subsidy rules, according to regulators, members of Congress and the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

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New trade deals to bolster access to Mexico, Peru

New trade deals to bolster access to Mexico, Peru

Tim Hearden

Capital Press

Recently announced trade deals with Mexico and Peru will improve U.S. livestock producers’ access to those two markets, industry insiders say.

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Tax time portraying profits for beef

Tax time portraying profits for beef

Nicole Heslip

Brownfield Network

The start of the spring calving season was more cold and muddy than Kevin Gould would have liked.  Gould, a commercial cow/calf producer in Ionia County, Michigan tells Brownfield a farmer’s success or failure can happen at calving.

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