Daily Archives: September 16, 2015

Low-stress handling during weaning pays big

Low-stress handling during weaning pays big

Wes Ishmael


Prepare calves for the weaning process through the use of low-stress handling principles, and you increase the odds of weaning healthy calves that go right on gaining weight.

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Capturing Value when Preconditioning Calves

Capturing Value when Preconditioning Calves

Adam Hady

University of Wisconsin

As the summer grazing season winds down and  time is getting near for cow calf producers to wean calves, they  might be asking themselves, with calf prices as good as they are, is it worth it for me to precondition my calves or just sell them right off the cow?  For starters, what is preconditioning, and why would we do it? 

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The American Akaushi: Better beef through EPD’s

The American Akaushi: Better beef through EPD’s


The power of selection by utilizing Expected Progeny Differences (EPD’s), provide breeders of Akaushi reliable predictors of an animal’s true and potential genetic merit.

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Passionate about natural beef

Passionate about natural beef

Cochrane Times

There’s no doubt about it, local ranchers Lindsay Eklund and Joy West Eklund are passionate about their beef. They love cooking it. They love eating it. But most important of all, they love raising it. The only difference is, along with the regular cattle, they also raise natural beef, and the difference of the natural raised meat is definitely the taste.

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Good News About Agriculture is Hard to Find in the Media Today

Good News About Agriculture is Hard to Find in the Media Today

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

A recent tweet from a well-known agricultural activist stated that “1% of the people in this country protect us and 1% of the people in this country feed us, yet both groups are under attack by the media today.”

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Producers Invited to 2015 ISU Beef Nutrition Research Showcase

Producers Invited to 2015 ISU Beef Nutrition Research Showcase

Iowa Beef Center

Iowa State University’s popular Beef Nutrition Research Showcase returns for a third time on Friday, October 2 and all are welcome at this free event. Iowa Beef Center and ISU beef nutrition faculty and staff planning the event said the 2015 event builds on the successful format of past showcases with classroom style learning and on-farm tours highlighting a wide variety of research happening at Iowa State.

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Unique U.S. beef and cattle trade situation continues

Unique U.S. beef and cattle trade situation continues

Derrell S. Peel

The Eagle

The unique U.S. beef and cattle trade situation that developed in 2014 has continued in 2015. Falling beef production is keeping beef supplies tight and prices near record levels in the U.S. This discourages beef exports and attracts more beef and cattle imports. Both imports and exports are enhanced further by the strong dollar.

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Avoid silage processing train wrecks

Avoid silage processing train wrecks

Mike Rankin

Hay and Forage Grower

For those who have been stomping around cornfields long enough, you’ll remember when corn silage processors first entered the scene. There was a flurry of discussion whether this new technology was needed or not; after all, new silage choppers were expensive enough.

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The Horrible Truth Behind Marshmallow Ranches

The Horrible Truth Behind Marshmallow Ranches

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Now that they are fat from grazing all summer, they will be slaughtered to make smaller ones, bagged and sold in stores Even worse – some are cut up and held over a fire while still alive! Remember that golden brown is the only humane way.

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3 ways to set your pasture up for failure

3 ways to set your pasture up for failure

Cassidy Woolsey

Progressive Forage Grower

Humans are creatures of habit. We grow up believing and doing one thing without really giving it much thought. Take putting on pants for example: Do you put your right leg in first or your left? In many cases, it is the same with pasture management; it becomes a regular routine, and unfortunately, some practices shouldn’t.

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