Daily Archives: June 16, 2015

Baxter Black, DVM: Agricultural Ignorance

Baxter Black, DVM:  Agricultural Ignorance

The editor of the Delmarva Farmer made the observation that Americans as a whole have reached the Age of Agricultural Ignorance.

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How Do Current Market Incentives Affect Genetic Selection Decisions?

How Do Current Market Incentives Affect Genetic Selection Decisions?

Dr. Lee Schulz

A Steak in Genomics

We need to increase the pounds of calf weaned per exposed female. Need to increase conception rate, increase calving percentage, decrease pre-weaning calf death loss, and increasing weaning weight.

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You can have your steak, and eat it too!

You can have your steak, and eat it too!

VL Baker

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.

The resource that is getting our attention now is water. There’s not enough fresh water to sustain our unsustainable lifestyles. Our extreme, reckless use of water is about to hit the fan. Watching California’s drought advance has been a frightening harbinger of our future.

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Increasing Income from Calves Sold at your Local Livestock Market

Increasing Income from Calves Sold at your Local Livestock Market

University of Florida

Doug Mayo

While cattle producers have always worked hard to minimize input costs of their operation, there are also management practices that can increase the income from calves sold at your local livestock market. The weight and quality of calves can make a significant difference in the price buyers are willing to pay for your calves.

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Bull Soundness

Bull Soundness

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

It’s important to watch for disease or injury that can render even the most fertile bull infertile overnight. Keep a sharp eye on bulls during the breeding season. Write down when a bull breeds a cow, and then watch that cow to see if she returns to heat in 18 to 24 days.

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In Search of the Perfect Cattle-Working Facility

In Search of the Perfect Cattle-Working Facility

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

The time might be right. For cattle folk contemplating improvements to existing processing pens or the construction of brand new working facilities, there may be no better time than the present.

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Is grass-fed beef better in a drought?

Is grass-fed beef better in a drought?

Grist

The environmental impacts of a T-bone vary quite a bit according to just how that T-bone was raised. Cattle operations, like anything else, can be managed well or poorly, so keep in mind that researchers have to look at broad averages when crunching their numbers.

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Pain Management

Pain Management

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin

The cattle industry has made progress in low-stress handling and better ways to manage cattle, but another issue to address is pain management when doing routine procedures such as branding, castrating and dehorning.

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Texas floods can present health problems to livestock, pets

Texas floods can present health problems to livestock, pets

Blair Fannin

AgriLife Today

Livestock and pet owners should be on the lookout for potential animal health issues related to flooding throughout Texas in recent weeks, said a Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory expert.

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Rain impacting forage crops too

Rain impacting forage crops too

Dave Russell

Brownfield Network

Wave after wave of rain events is having an impact on not only corn and soybeans in Northwest Ohio, but forage crops too. “In a normal year it’s a skill and an art and a science to put hay up in a dry bale,” said Bruce Clevenger, Extension educator in Defiance County Ohio.

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