Daily Archives: August 28, 2015

Beef Talk: Are Cattle Records Worth the Effort?

Beef Talk: Are Cattle Records Worth the Effort?

Kris Ringwall. Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

I have said many times that the constant in beef production is change. I remember when I graduated from college in 1975, the continental cattle influence was strong. People had to reposition themselves around the animal so they could be seen in the picture. At the same time, calves were weighing off cows at 469 pounds.

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Judge blocks new federal rule on jurisdiction of waterways (WOTUS)

Judge blocks new federal rule on jurisdiction of waterways (WOTUS)


A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waterways.

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Figuring the “Marginal Value” on Calf Weights

Figuring the “Marginal Value” on Calf Weights

Ed Rayburn

On Pasture

When you’re raising calves for sale, how do you know if you should feed that supplement, spend time and money on pasture improvements, or make other investments to increase weaning weights? Well, you do a little math. Here’s a calculator that can help

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Are you a ‘stereotypical’ farmer?

Are you a ‘stereotypical’ farmer?

Andy Overbay

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.

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Reducing hay storage losses

Reducing hay storage losses

Jeri Geren (Sigle)


Large round bales can be a practical and economic way to put up hay to use at a later date. Reducing hay lost to storage is beneficial to any producer. It’s key to note storage losses occur even under the best storage conditions with any type of hay. However, losses are greatest for large round bales stored outside, which also happens to be the most common meth-od in Kansas.

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CattleFax Webinar Builds Cow-Calf Expansion Roadmap

CattleFax Webinar Builds Cow-Calf Expansion Roadmap


Cow-calf margins will shrink as the U.S. beef cowherd expands, but producers can ensure future profitability by adjusting business plans for the supply increase. An upcoming free CattleFax webinar will address the scope of expansion and guide producers through the challenge.

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Industry At A Glance: How non-feed costs affect profitability

Industry At A Glance: How non-feed costs affect profitability

Nevil Speer


During the past several weeks, Industry At A Glance has focused on cowherd profitability. That focus has primarily come from two different perspectives: land and cows.

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Humans Carry More Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Than Animals They Work With

Humans Carry More Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Than Animals They Work With

AG Web

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a concern for the health and wellbeing of both humans and farm animals. One of the most common and costly diseases faced by the dairy industry is bovine mastitis, a potentially fatal bacterial inflammation of the mammary gland (IMI). Widespread use of antibiotics to treat the disease is often blamed for generating antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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BQA issues for the beef cow-calf producer

BQA issues for the beef cow-calf producer

Frank Wardynski

Michigan State University

Beef cow-calf producers have consistently improved the quality of beef from cull cows and bulls. Over the past two decades the beef industry has conducted quality assurance audits for cull cows and bulls. Every concern has been addressed and producers have decreased quality defects of most quality measures.

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Using the ‘Grazing Stick’ to Assess Pasture Forage

Using the ‘Grazing Stick’ to Assess Pasture Forage

Pete Bauman


Assessing pasture forage is a key step in planning grazing strategies. Although most producers understand the importance of assessing production, few invest the time necessary to clip and weigh vegetation within and across seasons in order to build a long-term database for their pastures.

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