Daily Archives: December 16, 2015

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 reindeer management issues at the North Pole:

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 reindeer management issues at the North Pole:


10. Christmas Eve scours cause no end of public relations problems.

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Aches and Pains

Aches and Pains

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Arthritis in dogs can be treated, but don’t assume human medications are harmless

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Beef program keeps care up to date

Beef program keeps care up to date

Phyllis Coulter

Iowa Farmer Today

Even though Larry Martin has owned cattle for decades, he still believes it is worth his time to take more training in cattle handling. Martin’s father, a prominent auctioneer, bought him his first animal when he was only 10 years old. “I’ve had cattle every year since then,” said the Clinton beef producer.

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Why we need to let Mother Nature select replacement heifers

Why we need to let Mother Nature select replacement heifers

Burke Teichert

For some time, I have been an advocate that we cannot select replacement heifers—we should instead let the bulls and Mother Nature select them for us. To do this, I have promoted retaining and exposing most of your heifer calf crop for a short breeding season—no longer than 30 days.

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Does 4-H Matter Now More Than Ever?

Does 4-H Matter Now More Than Ever?

Forrest Pritchard

On Pasture

Traditionally linked arm-in-arm with agriculture, over the years 4-H has increasingly veered towards mainstream American life. In fact, according to their website, 4-H now teaches topics ranging “from agricultural and animal sciences to rocketry, robotics, environmental protection and computer science – to improve the nation’s ability to compete in key scientific fields and take on the leading challenges of the 21st century.”

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Tax Extenders are Critical to Stable Rural Growth

Tax Extenders are Critical to Stable Rural Growth

Phil Ellis

American Cattlemen

As we approach the end of the year, minds turn toward family, Christmas, big dinners, and snow. But for many in rural America, it’s also time to wrap up the tax year and set the strategy for the year ahead. For cattle producers and farmers, equipment purchases, new buildings, and other major capital expenses are logical considerations.

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Cows vs. heifers: Weighing the investment

Cows vs. heifers: Weighing the investment

By Wendy Sweeter

Progressive Cattleman

Beef producers looking to increase their cow herd should evaluate the payoff when deciding between buying heifers and cows.

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Did you know… Productivity by age of dam

Did you know… Productivity by age of dam

Larry Corah

Feedlot Magazine

Of all the debates cattle producers get into, one that elicits a great many opinions is the value of cow longevity. Especially in extensive range conditions, conventional wisdom says longevity is a key economic trait in the cow herd.

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EPA Caught Playing Dirty in WOTUS

EPA Caught Playing Dirty in WOTUS

Laura Mushrush

Beef Today

On Dec. 14, the GOA ruled the EPA broke federal law through an online campaign utilizing Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Thunderclap to flood the public comment period in support of the rule under the impression that it was to protect the nation’s drinking water.

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Utilizing cool-season annual grasses

Utilizing cool-season annual grasses

Paul Beck


Cool season annual grasses provide high quality forage at a time that warm season forages are dormant, low in crude protein, and high in fiber.

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