Daily Archives: January 18, 2016

How Safe Is Your Ground Beef?

How Safe Is Your Ground Beef?

Andrea Rock

Consumer Reports

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Given those concerns about the safety of ground beef, Consumer Reports decided to test for the prevalence and types of bacteria in ground beef. We purchased 300 packages—a total of 458 pounds (the equivalent of 1,832 quarter-pounders)—from 103 grocery, big-box, and natural food stores in 26 cities across the country.

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Winter feeding nutrition program for your cow herd

Winter feeding nutrition program for your cow herd

Farm and Ranch Guide

The length and severity of Northern Plains winters dictate that winter feeding programs should be a top priority for cow/calf producers. Ultimately, a good winter feeding program is a year round program which incorporates summer pasture management to ensure cows enter the cold season in good flesh and planning to stockpile forages as well as incorporate cover crops into the grazing system when possible.

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Pasture Legumes can add “Something for Nothing”

Pasture Legumes can add “Something for Nothing”

Keith Carmichael

Cattle Today

We have all been cautioned to be skeptical of the idea of getting “something for nothing.” “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” There are times when cattlemen can get something for nothing – one is when they use heterosis or cross-breeding to produce more pounds of beef, and the other is when they use legumes – clovers, alfalfa and also annual lespedeza to add protein and nitrogen to pasture to produce more pounds of beef. With today’s commercial N prices… it’s time to be thinking about next year’s grazing program and pasture fertility.

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Benefits Must Outweigh Risks for Planting Cover Crops

Benefits Must Outweigh Risks for Planting Cover Crops

Iowa AG Connection

When Iowa farmers believe the benefits of planting cover crops outweigh the risks, they’re more likely to adopt this practice, new Iowa State University research shows.

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A marketing specialist shares seven steps for risk management.

A marketing specialist shares seven steps for risk management.

Kindra Gordon

Hereford World

The market is going to do what it’s going to do. From a risk standpoint, we want to take what the market will give us.” That’s the advice Tom Clark asks cattle producers to consider as they devise a marketing and risk management plan. Clark is director of agricultural products for the Chicagobased CME Group, the world’s largest and most diverse derivatives exchange.

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Stockpiled Grazing Can Reduce Winter Feeding Costs

Stockpiled Grazing Can Reduce Winter Feeding Costs

Dr. John Andrae

Southeast Cattle Advisor

Winter feeding is one of the largest expenses for ranchers, and hay production and feeding is one of the major labor requirements in the annual management of a cattle operation. Researchers across the country have long searched for ways to extend the grazing season to reduce the “forage gap,” so that less hay is required each winter. 

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Longest cattle rally since 1960s burger boom ends

Longest cattle rally since 1960s burger boom ends

MEGAN DURISIN AND LYDIA MULVANY

Salt Lake City Tribune

A mountain of meat has ended the longest rally in U.S. cattle prices since at least the 1960s, when baby boomers and McDonald’s ushered in the American burger boom. Not only have ranchers added to their herds, but consumers are being inundated with increased supplies of cheaper pork and poultry.

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