Daily Archives: June 17, 2015

Multiflora Rose Makes a Great Alternative Forage!

Multiflora Rose Makes a Great Alternative Forage!

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Multiflora rose is one of our more beautiful “mistakes.” It was originally introduced from Japan as rootstock for ornamental roses. In the 1930s the U.S. Soil Conservation Service promoted it for erosion control and living fences and farmers took them up on the idea.

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Equipment

Equipment

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Beef cattle producers typically own several different types of animal health equipment. A few important considerations are obtaining good-quality equipment, focusing on cleanliness, and making sure that all equipment is well-maintained.

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Working Toward the Ideal Cow

Working Toward the Ideal Cow

Loretta Sorensen

Progressive Farmer

John Maddux knows what he likes to see in a cow herd. He’s had a lot of time to think about his ideal cow over the years. The first two words that come to mind are low input and the rest of the genetic equation follows from there.

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North Carolina: Beef Cattle Field Day set for Mountain Research Station

North Carolina: Beef Cattle Field Day set for Mountain Research Station

Beef Today

North Carolina’s annual Beef Cattle Field Day takes place July 18 at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville. The event, designed for cattle producers and those interested in cattle production, will feature research-based educational sessions focusing on forage management, reproduction and nutrition.

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Pyrethroids not shown to impact bulls’ reproductive ability

Pyrethroids not shown to impact bulls’ reproductive ability

Beef Producer

Pyrethroid-based insecticide products used to eliminate insect-borne diseases had come under scrutiny due to potential links to the insecticide’s effects on bull reproductive health.

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Harvesting Summer Annual Forage Crops

Harvesting Summer Annual Forage Crops

Dennis Hancock

Hay and Forage Grower

Summer annual forages (such as pearl millet, sorghum x sudangrass hybrids, etc.) are known for their remarkable ability to grow fast and produce several tons of forage in a short time period, even during periods of drought.

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Cattle Hormones Could Be Worse for Environment Than Previously Thought

Cattle Hormones Could Be Worse for Environment Than Previously Thought

Virginia Alvino

WBOI, Northeast Indiana Public Radio

Synthetic testosterone is used in the majority of U.S. beef cattle to make cows  bigger.  But when the steroids exit the cows, they can easily be washed into waterways. And once those compounds enter the environment, they can have surprising  reactions – like increasing in potency.

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Are range cubes an option for your operation?

Are range cubes an option for your operation?

By Wendy Sweeter

Progressive Cattleman

South Dakota State University Extension Beef Specialist Julie Walker says producers need to determine what resources they have to figure out if range cubes will work on their operations. Producers should also look at the total cost of delivering it.

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Beef export market to be featured at Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

Beef export market to be featured at Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

Blair Fannin

Agrilife Today

The beef export market and its future potential for the U.S. will be among topics covered during the Aug. 3 general session of the 2015 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station.

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Purdue expert advises early castration for beef calves

Purdue expert advises early castration for beef calves

Darrin Pack

Ag Answers

Livestock producers should have beef calves castrated within a few months of birth, rather than waiting for weaning, says W. Mark Hilton, clinical professor of food animal production medicine at Purdue University.

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Body Condition Scoring Your Beef Cow Herd

Body Condition Scoring Your Beef Cow Herd

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

The body condition score of your cow herd is a much better indicator of the effectiveness of the nutrition program than body weight of the cows or average weight of the cow herd.

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