Daily Archives: August 26, 2015

Cooling cattle off – Health night considerations

Cooling cattle off – Health night considerations

R.P. “Doc” Cooke

Beef Producer

A little planning, shade during the day and a change to grazing at night offers feed intake advantages.  A decade ago we made a decision to mechanically increase cattle biodiversity in an effort to increase cattle health, productivity, and profits. I did a bunch of study, selected some forage seeds, and spent a pile of money. A few years later I realized that about 85% of the money and labor was wasted and unnecessary.

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Cattle and Bison are Better Than You At Feed Mixing

Cattle and Bison are Better Than You At Feed Mixing

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

After two decades of studying how animals choose what to eat, Fred Provenza and his colleagues at Utah State University had a whole new understanding of palatability and the ability of animals to choose the right foods. Their research showed that animals aren’t born knowing what to eat, but that they learn from their mothers, their herd mates and from personal experience.

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Consumer Reports finds fecal contamination in ground beef

Consumer Reports finds fecal contamination in ground beef

Denise Dador


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.

That hamburger you’re grilling could contain harmful bacteria, and unless you cook it thoroughly, it could make you sick. New lab tests conducted by Consumer Reports found that of the 300 packages of ground beef purchased in stores across the country, almost all contained bacteria that signified fecal contamination.

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Extending grazing and reducing stored feed needs

Extending grazing and reducing stored feed needs

Don Ball, Ed Ballard. Mark Kennedy, Garry Lacefield, Dan Undersander

Purdue University

For most livestock producers, extending the grazing season for their animals, or otherwise filling gaps in pasture forage availability to reduce stored feed needs, should be a high priority objective.

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5 things you should know about the EPA WOTUS rule

5 things you should know about the EPA WOTUS rule

Mike Barnett

Pork Network

$37,500. Per incident. Per day. Per violation.

Does that grab your attention? It should.

That’s what you could be fined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) if you have an unauthorized discharge of “pollutants” from your farmland that requires a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit. It’s all part of the new rule recently issued by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers defining waters of the U.S. (WOTUS).

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Stockpile forage to stretch hay reserves

Stockpile forage to stretch hay reserves

Mike Rankin

Hay and Forage Grower

It’s time. Time for stockpiling pastures in an effort to extend the grazing season and conserve stored hay reserves. “Stockpiling forage is one of least expensive ways of feeding cattle,” says Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia Extension forage agronomist

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5 tasks to complete before harvesting corn silage

5 tasks to complete before harvesting corn silage

Tim Patchin, Keith A. Bryan,

Progressive Forage Grower

Every year at the end of the harvest season, we hear, “Next year we are going to (fill in the blank); we just didn’t have time this year.” Now is the time to fill in that blank for corn silage. Here are five of the “blanks” that need to be filled in before harvest starts.

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Triple-digit temperatures stressing beef cattle and calves

Triple-digit temperatures stressing beef cattle and calves

Robert Burns

High Plains Journal

As temperatures reached 100 degrees and above, the stress on beef cattle increased, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Though there are no reports of large death losses yet, the stress does affect beef cattle health and certainly reduces their feed efficiency and daily gains, both on pastures and in the feedlots, the experts said.

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Beef cattle timely tips

Beef cattle timely tips

Brandon Sears

The Richmond Register

Bulls should have been removed from the cow herd by now! They should be pastured away from the cow herd with a good fence and allowed to regain lost weight and condition.

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A History of Cattle Marketing

A History of Cattle Marketing

Bob Hough

Western Livestock Journal

In many ways, the history of cattle markets is a history of America with its expansion west and the progression of technology spurred by the entrepreneurial spirit of our country. The packing plants of the past had already perfected the assembly line—or disassembly line—long before automaker Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Co.

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