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.
Expose Animals to Poor-Quality Foods Early in Life for Life-Long Success
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).
How the Demise of Agribusiness Would Save us All
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.
Fire destroys livestock commission building
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.
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.
What to do with the bull after the breeding season?
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.
Nebraska cattle ranchers divided on country-of-origin labeling
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.
Sturgis rancher gets inside look at cattle industry
Tri State Neighbor
One young western South Dakota rancher got a chance to dive in to all aspects of the beef industry on a trip organized by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association for the Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC).
During drought, don’t blame cheeseburgers
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
California is dry. And while scientists disagree about how long the drought may last, all agree we must change our habits. After four years of drought, it’s only natural that we’ve begun to scrutinize our consumption of such a precious resource.