Daily Archives: July 31, 2015

BeefTalk: Grazing Systems Combine MLRAs and Ecological Sites

BeefTalk: Grazing Systems Combine MLRAs and Ecological Sites

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

As grazing systems are discussed, the complexity of the systems actually can hide the simplicity. As an animal breeder, whenever I move into different disciplines, I find myself needing to review information that has changed. Actually, in the beef industry, implementation and refinement of technology is often the point of interest.

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Mark Parker:  The Top 10 memorable events in county fair history

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 memorable events in county fair history


10. County 4-H agent has breakdown; joins carnival; never heard from again.

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Value of Gain Made Simple

Value of Gain Made Simple

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

It is simple to figure out the economics of preconditioning, right? If a 400-pound steer brings $2.91 per pound, but a 450-pound steer sells for $2.81 per pound, all you have to do is multiply that extra 50 pounds times $2.81 for $140.50, right? Wrong. Clemson Extension area livestock specialist Brian Beer says every pound of gain is not worth $2.81.

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Estimating Cattle Age With Dentition

Estimating Cattle Age With Dentition

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Did you know that cattle don’t get all their permanent teeth until they’re 5 years old? The lower front teeth, known as incisors, come in over a period of years, 2 pair at a time, starting with the two center teeth. This means that you can tell the age of your animals by how many of the front incisors they have.

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Survey shows good support for beef checkoff

Survey shows good support for beef checkoff

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Network

Three out of four cattle and dairy producers—76 percent—continue to support the beef checkoff program. “And 81 percent of the people says the beef checkoff has helped contribute to a positive trend in beef demand,” says California cattleman Jimmy Maxey, chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.

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TPP Deal Must Work for Beef Industry

TPP Deal Must Work for Beef Industry

The Cattle Site

The Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) has said a comprehensive, trade liberalising deal is “vital” and pledged to help the beef industry to “reap the maximum benefits” of future tariff cuts.

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Designing a Bud Box

Designing a Bud Box

Travis Meteer

University of Illinois

It is often said "If you can work cattle together, you can do anything together." We have all had a stressful chuteside experience, but have you investigated ways to better handle your cattle?

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Shrink and its meaning to cattlemen

Shrink and its meaning to cattlemen

Brandon Sears

The Richmond Register

I believe that shrink is a concept that isn’t fully understood by many people in the cattle industry. Simply put, shrink refers to weight loss during transport. However, how it occurs, what it does to cattle and the effect it has at the feedlot isn’t so simple.

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Supplemental Forage Options for Late Summer to Early Autumn Planting

Supplemental Forage Options for Late Summer to Early Autumn Planting

Mark Sulc

The Ohio State University

This has obviously been a difficult year for mechanically harvested forages. Not only has it been nearly impossible to harvest dry forage, but reports are becoming more numerous of damaged forage stands due to the excessive rainfall we’ve experienced.

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Shade Options for Open Lots

Shade Options for Open Lots

Joe Darrington


Heat stress in cattle due to elevated temperature and humidity in the summer months is documented to reduce productivity in dairy cattle. In beef production the losses of production have been slight or imperceptible to most studies.

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