Daily Archives: September 17, 2015

Maximum Values at the Optimal End Point

Maximum Values at the Optimal End Point

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

Bill and Claudia Tucker believe in setting the mark high and holding it there. Preconditioning is never optional. Tucker Family Farms is a seventh-generation operation in Amherst, Va., expanded in 1992 to include retained ownership through slaughter.

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4 ways to use cow preg check information

4 ways to use cow preg check information

Beef Producer

Checking whether cows are pregnant and culling the nonpregnant females before the winter feeding period can save producers 60 to 70 percent of their yearly beef cow maintenance expenses, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock experts.

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Busting fall pasture bloat

Busting fall pasture bloat

Heather Smith Thomas

If you’ve ever run cattle on legume pastures in the fall, you know how much of a problem bloat can be. Beyond just a problem, however, bloat can sometimes be a serious emergency.

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Don’t Feed Them to Breed Them

Don’t Feed Them to Breed Them

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Researchers at the USDA’s Agriculture Research Station are learning that feeding heifers more in their first year may not be the best way to get the best pregnancy rates or cattle performance.  According to scientist Andy Roberts, “For the last 3 to 4 decades, the mantra has been ‘feed them to breed them,’ which means providing enough feed during the first year to ensure that young heifers reach puberty to start reproducing.

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Plan beef winter feeding strategies now

Plan beef winter feeding strategies now

Hay and Forage Grower

Many beef producers are in a position of having too much low-quality hay or, worse yet, reduced stocks of any type of hay. Patrick Gunn, Iowa State University extension cow-calf specialist, notes that it’s important that producers start making a budget for winter feeding in an attempt to prevent a shortfall.

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As Wildfires Rage in West, Ranchers Lose Cattle, Rangeland

As Wildfires Rage in West, Ranchers Lose Cattle, Rangeland


For weeks, rancher Darrel Holliday has rounded up frightened cows and calves off the smoldering hills of the Strawberry Mountain Range, a wilderness area in eastern Oregon of old-growth forest and grass where wildlife and cattle roamed.

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Cargill to sell its Plainview, TX, beef processing plant

Cargill to sell its Plainview, TX, beef processing plant


Cargill has placed its idled Plainview, Texas, plant property up for sale and the Dallas office of Commercial real estate broker CBRE has been retained by Cargill to market the site and evaluate potential offers.

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National Cattlemen’s Foundation Accepting Applications for Beef Industry Scholarship

National Cattlemen’s Foundation Accepting Applications for Beef Industry Scholarship


The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications for 2016-17 beef industry scholarships sponsored by the CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry.

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USDA Offers Help to Fire-Affected Farmers and Ranchers

USDA Offers Help to Fire-Affected Farmers and Ranchers


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers and ranchers affected by the recent wildfires in Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington State that USDA has programs to assist with their recovery efforts.

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Grazing corn residue

Grazing corn residue

Dave Russell

Brownfield Network

A lack of good quality hay and slow pasture growth hampered by dry weather are causing beef producers to consider alternative feed sources. Stan Smith, Extension educator in Fairfield County Ohio says one option is grazing corn residue. He tells Brownfield it has the potential of extending the cow herds’ feed supply well into fall.

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