Daily Archives: May 29, 2015

BeefTalk: Cow Size and Success in the Beef Business

BeefTalk: Cow Size and Success in the Beef Business

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

What do you do with a group of 98 heifers in which 5 percent have a frame score of 1 and 2, 11 percent have a frame score of 3, 21 percent have a frame score of 4, 28 percent have a frame score of 5, 27 percent have a frame score of 6 and 8 percent have a frame score of 7 and 8?

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Genetic evaluation is now in the hands of commercial cattle producers

Genetic evaluation is now in the hands of commercial cattle producers

Troy Marshall

BEEF

It seems that everyone in seedstock circles is talking about genomically-enhanced EPDs and the rapid changes occurring in the seedstock industry. With the advent of multi-breed evaluations and improvements in national genetic evaluations, the rate of progress is unprecedented.

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What to do if you have Lost Cattle Due to Flooding

What to do if you have Lost Cattle Due to Flooding

The Hennessey Clipper

Several inches of heavy rain over the past few weeks have some cattlemen looking for missing cattle. The high waters have washed fences out on some ranches and cattle wonder onto another landowner’s property.

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You Know You’re a Farmer When…

You Know You’re a Farmer When…

Fastline

The weather forecast will determine how your day will go.

Your work clothes weigh quite a bit more by the end of the day due to all of the tools and other miscellaneous things you pick up through out the day.

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Ag groups push House for fast track authority

Ag groups push House for fast track authority

Carol Ryan Dumas

Capital AG Press

Most U.S. ag organizations are urging House members to pass Trade Promotion Authority after the Senate’s passage on Friday night, contending TPA is critical in free-trade agreements and the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership in particular.

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Safe travels

Safe travels

John Maday

Drovers

Just about every cattle producer with a pickup truck also has a stock trailer to connect to it, but many don’t give their trailer a lot of thought. They hitch it up when they have cattle to haul, and park it under a tree when they’re finished.

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GMO Scientists Could Save the World From Hunger, If We Let Them

GMO Scientists Could Save the World From Hunger, If We Let Them

TOM PARRETT

Newsweek

A Nebraska Cornhusker frets as he surveys his drought-stunted crop. A Nigerian yam farmer digs up shrunken tubers. A Costa Rican coffee baron lays off hundreds of workers because a fungus has spoiled his harvest. I planted cherry trees in upstate New York last spring. One summer morning, they were denuded by Japanese beetles.

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How to Store Hay to Make It Last

How to Store Hay to Make It Last

Sue Weaver

Hobby Farm

Sky-high machinery and fuel costs and the lack of affordable haying-crew labor is driving up the cost of putting up hay. At the same time, hay shortages have become a way of life. When you harvest quality hay, it’s dollar-wise to preserve it so it lasts.

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What Does the WOTUS Rule Actually Do?

What Does the WOTUS Rule Actually Do?

Nebraska Cattlemen

Expands definition of tributary by broadening terminology and specifically adding new categories of tributaries like: ditches and certain ephemeral water features

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Pregnancy diagnosis options for beef cattle producers

Pregnancy diagnosis options for beef cattle producers

University of Florida

Generally, beef herd pregnancy rates after a 60–120-day breeding season tend to range from 80 to 94 percent. Pregnancy diagnosis identifies the 6–20 percent of open cows in the herd so they can be culled after their calves at side are weaned, instead of waiting to the end of the subsequent calving season.

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