Daily Archives: June 15, 2015

Flies are like pennies, they can add up to real dollars.

Flies are like pennies, they can add up to real dollars.

Kevin S. Gould

Michigan State University

My calendar says early June and fly season in the northern climates is under way. Here in Michigan, now is the time to be implementing your fly control program. The two major species of flies that cause the most serious production losses are the horn fly and face fly. The horn fly alone is estimated to cause animal losses to the United States beef industry over 1.5 billion with current market prices.

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Expose Animals to Poor-Quality Foods Early in Life for Life-Long Success

Expose Animals to Poor-Quality Foods Early in Life for Life-Long Success

Beth Burritt

On Pasture

Many livestock, particularly those making a living on rangelands, encounter poor-quality forages at some point in the grazing season or during the winter, (less than 7% crude protein and 50% TDN).

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How the Demise of Agribusiness Would Save us All

How the Demise of Agribusiness Would Save us All

Daily Kos

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

A new study, The Large Potential of local Croplands to Meet Food Demand in the United States, was recently conducted by Professor Elliott Campbell of the University of California, Merced.  The study itself is behind a paywall, but provides evidence that shows that up to 90% of Americans could be fed entirely by food grown or raised within 100 miles of their homes.

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Fire destroys livestock commission building

Fire destroys livestock commission building

Billings Gazette

The Miles City Livestock Commission building burned to the ground on Saturday, with the loss estimated at more than $1 million. Firefighters were called to the structure, located at 337 I-94 Business on the west end of town, just after noon, said Custer County Fire Chief Bud Peterson. When an alarm went off, one of the workers at the commission saw smoke coming out of the interior of the building, Peterson said.

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Irrigated Pasture Management

Irrigated Pasture Management

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulleting EXTRA

Irrigated pasture can be more productive than harvesting hay on the same ground. Jim Gerrish, owner of American Grazinglands Services in May, Idaho, has been involved with innovative grazing systems for many years, first as a grazing specialist with the Forage Systems Research Center at the University of Missouri and now as a stockman/consultant in central Idaho, practicing these principals on the Circle Pi Ranch in the Pahsimeroi Valley.

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What to do with the bull after the breeding season?

What to do with the bull after the breeding season?

Glenn Selk

Feedlot Magazine

Maintaining a 60 to 75 day breeding and calving season can be one of the most important management tools for cow calf producers.  A uniform, heavier, and more valuable calf crop is one key reason for keeping the breeding season short.

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Nebraska cattle ranchers divided on country-of-origin labeling

Nebraska cattle ranchers divided on country-of-origin labeling

Barbara Soderlin

Omaha World Herald

Darrel Buschkoetter can’t understand it: When he buys a shirt or an appliance, it says “Made in China,” or wherever the item was produced. But when it comes to the beef cattle he raises at his Webster County farm, laws requiring country-of-origin labels are under attack.

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