Daily Archives: February 18, 2016

Seven Steps to Take Nutrition Up a Notch

Seven Steps to Take Nutrition Up a Notch

Mark Parker

Progressive Farmer

"Bred," the veterinarian called out from the back of the chute. The gates fly open, and a heifer scrambles out as another takes her place. She, too, is bred.

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Managing first-calf beef females after calving

Managing first-calf beef females after calving

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

Calving season is upon us. You’ve spent a lot of time selecting, managing and designing a breeding program for the females that are calving for the first time.

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Missouri Group Files Lawsuit Against State’s Proposed Beef Checkoff

Missouri Group Files Lawsuit Against State’s Proposed Beef Checkoff


The Missouri Rural Crisis Center is suing the Missouri Department of Agriculture over the current referendum process for a proposed $1 per head state Beef checkoff.  Rhonda Perry is the Center’s program director who says there are numerous problems with the process. She says the process disenfranchises some voters and discourages producers from registering and voting.

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Opposition to a controversial technique could leave millions hungry

Opposition to a controversial technique could leave millions hungry

James D Murray and Jenny Graves

Business Insider

The newest technology for improving food plants and animals – gene editing – does not use genetic engineering techniques to insert or replace bits of DNA. Instead, there are genetic tricks for simply tweaking the genetic code in known ways. Why wait for a cosmic ray or a replication accident to make a favorable change in the genetic code? This can take many years because most natural mutations are bad. Now geneticists can alter the code in known ways to improve the growth, environmental tolerance, disease resistance or nutritional value of the organism.

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Massive Lexington stockyards fire ruled accidental

Massive Lexington stockyards fire ruled accidental


Investigators say a preliminary investigation has found that a construction worker accidentally started a massive fire that destroyed a beef cattle auction business in Lexington.

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Heavier weights pressure markets

Heavier weights pressure markets

Blair Fannin

Wilson County News

More feedlot placements than expected, coupled with large supplies of cold storage beef, will pressure cattle prices in the near term, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock economist. Dr. David Anderson, livestock economist in College Station, said the recent cattle on feed report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) depicts fewer heifers placed on feed, signaling continued expansion among producers across the country.

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Pasture lease rates continue higher

Pasture lease rates continue higher

Wes Ishmael


When does the rocket ship that is carrying pasture rent rates higher and higher run out of fuel? That’s the question on the minds of many as cattle producers prepare for spring turnout and summer grazing.

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Ranchers learn to adapt when development changes the landscape.

Ranchers learn to adapt when development changes the landscape.

Jessica Salmond

Your Observer

Standing in a 20-acre pasture east of Lorraine Road, Jason McKendree remembered the days when he couldn’t hear the sound of bulldozers working on a new subdivision.

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Young ranchers find resiliency through sharing

Young ranchers find resiliency through sharing

The Union

Shades of morning tinged the sky as ranchers Rob Thompson, Brad Fowler and Joe Fischer walked out into the field to inspect the young, tender forbs and brassicas — plantain, chicory and alfalfa — sprouting up in the grass.

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Good nutrition vital for pregnant cows

Good nutrition vital for pregnant cows

People’s Defender

Decisions a cattle producer makes about pregnant cow nutrition now can have major impacts on calf health in the spring and cow fertility during the next breeding season. “The great majority of fetal growth (from 75 to more than 90 percent, depending on the source) occurs during the last three months of pregnancy, and nutrient needs and recommended feeding strategies for the cows also are changing accordingly,” says Carl Dahlen, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist.

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