Producers Must Deal with Variables in Nutrition
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS
In part 1 of this series we began a discussion of the numerous nutritional sub programs necessary for the production groups that must be managed to have a comprehensively successful nutrition program on a typical purebred cattle operation.
Are you a ‘stereotypical’ farmer?
Progressive Forage Grower
If you really want to know what people think, ask a child. Children have a unique way of being brutally frank because they haven’t been schooled in the art of filtering their thoughts. Ask any fourth grader and they will tell you that farmers are older, male, Caucasian, poor, dirty and uneducated.
Measuring feed quality in the field
In challenging economic times it is more important than ever to know the value of the alfalfa forage you are feeding your dairy or beef cattle. Whether you are blending alfalfa in a ration to maximize lactation, fertility and calf growth, or utilizing lesser-quality hay for dry cattle or replacements, you want to know that you are consistently getting the most value for your dollar.
Beef flavor affected by production system
For about 95 percent of all the beef produced in America today, the typical production system involves weaning a calf at six to seven months and then placing it in a forage-based stocker growing program for three to six months. After this time, the animal is fed grain another 140 to 160 days before it is sent to market.
Mark Parker: The Top 10 signs a farmer is weather-obsessed
10. He’s thinking about buying his own groundhog.
17 considerations for a bull lease
A clear agreement for leasing a bull is necessary not only to protect the cattleman leasing the bull but also to protect the bull’s owner. Ag attorney Cari Rincker offers a springboard for crafting a bull lease with these 17 things that should be in a bull lease agreement.
Could eating meat speed-up worldwide species extinction?
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.
Diets rich in beef and other red meat can be bad for a person’s health. And the practice is equally bad for Earth’s biodiversity, according to a team of scientists who have fingered human carnivory—and its impact on land use—as the single biggest threat to much of the world’s flora and fauna.
Will water become the defining issue of our time?
In the September magazine, BEEF will wrap up an in-depth series of articles that look at the issue of how we use water (and “we” is everyone, not just agriculture) and whether or not the U.S. has passed the tipping point on our collective ability to provide enough water for everyone, including agriculture.
Big Ag Spars with the First Amendment
The Gilmer Mirror
Animal abuse isn’t only a problem when people find out about it. The First Amendment may be inconvenient to some people at times, but it’s still the law of the land. Case in point: so-called “ag-gag laws.”
New approach to farm transition planning
Morning AG Clips
Ag Transition Partners, a group of educators and agricultural consultants, is launching a new, no-cost farm transition planning project that includes webinars, on-site or virtual coaching and action plan templates. The project’s multi-layer approach sets it apart from other planning processes, better helping farm families ensure the legacy of their operations.