Daily Archives: May 22, 2015

BeefTalk: Genetic Diversity is a Good Thing

BeefTalk: Genetic Diversity is a Good Thing

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Let me preface this BeefTalk by saying the world always is changing and the beef industry is not immune to those changes. As a beef industry, if producers only read and visit about beef production and associated issues, the industry eventually will fail. That is not to say the activities that will replace the beef industry are better, but ignorance of change results in change.

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Is ag research important?

Is ag research important?

Heather Dann

Bovine Veterinarian

During a recent flight to Wisconsin the woman seated next to me asked where I was going. She wasn’t satisfied with my polite and concise answer of “Green Bay”; she wanted more detail. She was a talker.

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Harvest schedule for first cutting alfalfa

Harvest schedule for first cutting alfalfa

Phil Kaatz

Michigan State University

Alfalfa producers wanting to harvest alfalfa according to forage quality will want to keep a close eye on the growing degree days (GDD) in the next 10-15 days. Using the calendar as the standard for harvesting alfalfa can lead to forages harvested at neutral detergent fiber (NDF) levels unsatisfactory for production goals.

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Control Failures Becoming More Common for Some Dewormers

Control Failures Becoming More Common for Some Dewormers

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer

Whether you’re a large cattleman or a small producer just getting in the business, the dewormer talk is a good one to have with your veterinarian. Some lower cost products that used to work well aren’t as effective these days.

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Windrow Grazing Annual Forages in the Growing Season to Increase Harvest Efficiency and Productivity

Windrow Grazing Annual Forages in the Growing Season to Increase Harvest Efficiency and Productivity

Aaron Berger

University of Nebraska

Forage values in Nebraska for growing season grazing have seen significant increases over the last several years. Demand for grains encouraged many producers to convert tillable pasture land to crop land. In addition strong cattle prices have strengthened demand for summer grazing.

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Never Too Soon to Plan For Hay and Pasture Needs

Never Too Soon to Plan For Hay and Pasture Needs

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

For many producers the last four or five years have been particularly challenging, especially when it came to providing for the forage needs of the cow herd. With the exceptionally dry conditions that many areas have and continue to experience, many operations found themselves very short of hay, stockpiled standing forage, silage or other roughages.

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Care for your stock trailer

Care for your stock trailer

John Maday

Drovers

During the Cattle Transportation Symposium at Colorado State University, University of Tennessee emeritus professor Clyde Lane, PhD, outlines some considerations for minimizing risk and stress while transporting cattle in stock trailers.

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K-State Recognizes ‘Top Hand’ at 2015 Cattle Feeders College

K-State Recognizes ‘Top Hand’ at 2015 Cattle Feeders College

By Justin Waggoner

Kansas State University

Kansas State University in cooperation with Merck Animal Health recognized Roy Browning of Deseret Cattle Feeders as the recipient of the “Top Hand” award at the 2015 K-State Cattle Feeders College held May 14 in Scott City, Kansas.

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Agriculture Benefits from a Comprehensive Agreement through the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Agriculture Benefits from a Comprehensive Agreement through the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Farm Bureau

As Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations meet this week in Guam to continue negotiations, agri-food producer and processor organizations from Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand remain united in their call for a modern trade agreement that includes meaningful and comprehensive market access opportunities for agriculture and agri-food.

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Purdue Trustees OK Ag and Life Sciences Facility

Purdue Trustees OK Ag and Life Sciences Facility

Brian Zink

A new $60 million Agricultural and Life Sciences Facility that was designated as Purdue University’s top priority in a 10-year capital plan submitted to the state was given the green light to move forward by Purdue’s Board of Trustees on May 15.

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