Daily Archives: November 11, 2015

Parasite Paranoia

Parasite Paranoia

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Parasites were behind Dave Scott’s transition from conventional grazing into strategies that were more sustainable. Dave and his wife run Montana Highland Lamb (Home Grown & Happy). After pasturing lambs on his pastures for 7 years, he and his wife noticed that the worming chemicals they were using were not working as well as they had originally.

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What Do the New Feed Directives Mean for Producers?

What Do the New Feed Directives Mean for Producers?

by: Stephen B. Blezinger, PhD, PAS

Cattle Today

As most livestock producers are aware, the use of antibiotics in the feeding and production of food animals has been under constant scrutiny for several years.

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How much hay will a cow consume?

How much hay will a cow consume?

Glen Selk

FarmTalk

Estimating forage usage by cows is an important part of the task of calculating winter feed needs. Hay or standing forage intake must be estimated in order to make the calculations. Forage quality will be a determining factor in the amount of forage consumed.

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Protect Newborn Calves the First 24 Hours

Protect Newborn Calves the First 24 Hours

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Within its first 24 hours of life, a beef calf is most likely to die from one of two things: a difficult birth or cold stress. Cold stress, or hypothermia, isn’t just something producers north of the Mason-Dixon need to be concerned about. It can occur even with temperatures well above the freezing mark, especially if precipitation is present.

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Once Near Extinction, Vermont’s Heritage Cattle Come Home

Once Near Extinction, Vermont’s Heritage Cattle Come Home

Kathleen Masterson

Vermont Public Radio

Vermont is known for its iconic dairy cows, which regularly dot its lush green hillsides in summer. But in a pasture in Reading, the cattle look a bit different.  They’re smaller with a more oxen-like stature, and their beefy heads sport short curved horns.

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Use herd records to drive decisions

Use herd records to drive decisions

Sandy Johnson

Drovers

Few people really “enjoy” keeping records but having the records when you need them can be a great help. Cow/calf operations require considerable capital investment and must manage in the face of rising prices, regulatory uncertainty and price volatility. A good set of records can inform decisions and be a great asset in troubleshooting.

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2016 Winter Forage Conferences to Feature Experts on Tall Fescue

2016 Winter Forage Conferences to Feature Experts on Tall Fescue

Gordon Groover

Virginia Tech

Tall Fescue in the 21st Century is the theme for the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council (VFGC) and Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) winter forage conferences. This year’s conference highlights current knowledge and practice that producers can apply to management of their tall fescue based grazing systems.

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Get the most from baled silage

Get the most from baled silage

Mike Rankin

Hay and Forage Grower

"Feeding silage is much different than feeding hay," notes Dennis Hancock, extension forage specialist for the University of Georgia. "Because it’s wetter, deterioration becomes a factor when silage bales are opened and exposed to oxygen in the air."

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VFD: Questions, concerns and opportunities

VFD: Questions, concerns and opportunities

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

Through the summer and fall of 2015, Farm Foundation hosted a series of workshops in locations around the country to address upcoming changes to FDA rules and guidance relating to antibiotic use in food animals.

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International economist: Pacific trade deal could boost U.S dairy, beef producers

International economist: Pacific trade deal could boost U.S dairy, beef producers

Nicole Pierron Rasul

Ag Answers

After seven years of negotiations, 12 nations agreed to terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement in early October. While each country now needs to ratify the agreement for it to be put into effect, an international trade expert at The Ohio State University said the TPP could significantly boost the market potential for American farmers, entrepreneurs and other small-business owners.

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