Daily Archives: February 19, 2016

BeefTalk: Countercultural Beef Production

BeefTalk: Countercultural Beef Production

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Perhaps it is time to be countercultural. Perhaps most would associate counterculture with lifestyles and the ever-changing human mood, which bring a raised eyebrow from the grandparents.

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Beef Cow Size and Profitability

Beef Cow Size and Profitability

Rory Lewandowski

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

I recently read a couple of on-line articles from Drovers Cattle Network that piqued my interest because they dealt with the topic of cow size and the impact on beef cattle enterprise profitability. One article entitled “Time to Change Directions” written by Alan Newport reported on data gathered from several states with comments from agricultural economists and animal scientists.

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Is That New Bull Worth Insuring? Most Likely

Is That New Bull Worth Insuring? Most Likely

Sue Roesler

Hereford World

Producers may spend hours searching bull sales for that perfect purebred bull for their herd. When they get their high value bull home, they realize they have just paid several thousand dollars for this new purebred bull, or even into the five or six digit area.

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Grass tetany could be looming for cattle, sheep

Grass tetany could be looming for cattle, sheep

Ted Wiseman

Farm and Dairy

Are your pastures ready for spring and your livestock ready for pasture? As fast as this year seems to be going, pastures will be greening up and it will be time to start grazing again. Although we haven’t had much of a winter so far, and I hope I am not jinxing us by mentioning it here.

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McCarthy says EPA has no intention of withdrawing WOTUS

McCarthy says EPA has no intention of withdrawing WOTUS

Tom Steever

Brownfield Network

EPA Chief Administrator Gina McCarthy testified Thursday that the EPA has no intention of withdrawing its proposed Clean Water Rule also known as the Waters of the US (WOTUS). McCarthy testified at a House Agriculture Committee hearing Thursday where she also said the EPA has “a collaborative spirit” with federal agencies associated with farming.

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“Working” Animals Makes Your Job Easier

“Working” Animals Makes Your Job Easier

Whit Hibbard

On Pasture

Conventionally, most stockmen do exactly what I did for decades—when they go out to work cattle they dive right in and basically out gun ‘em, often relying on either fear or force to coerce the animals into doing what the handlers want (but usually not what the animals want), and with whatever aids are necessary (e.g., noise, hot shots, dogs, ropes, tubs, etc.).

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Mississippi rancher uses homemade bale unroller

Mississippi rancher uses homemade bale unroller

Carrie Veselka

Progressive Forage Grower

Andy Anderson of Okolona, Mississippi, has developed a cheaper, simpler way to distribute round bales. He runs a mostly one-man operation, feeding roughly 400 head of Angus cattle over 1,500 acres in the northern Mississippi hills. Anderson says it is always a rush to get the cattle fed.

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The Energy Value of Distillers is Greater Than Corn in Forage Based Diets

The Energy Value of Distillers is Greater Than Corn in Forage Based Diets

Mary Drewnoski

University of Nebraska

Distillers grains is greater in protein than corn but it is also greater in energy. When evaluating the cost of supplements for beef cows or calves, producers should be comparing the cost on a per lb of nutrient needed. If one is looking for sources of supplemental energy then the cost per lb of TDN is the way to compare various supplements.

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When to Assist

When to Assist

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Most cows and heifers progress normally through the stages of labor. Sometimes, however, the calf does not start into the birth canal and the cow does not begin hard straining. Knowing when to check a cow is crucial — and you have to be watching her to know how long she’s been in early labor.

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Three Keys to Planning the Spring Breeding Season

Three Keys to Planning the Spring Breeding Season

Glenn Selk


Three key management concepts can help commercial cow calf operations improve the productivity of their cow herds. However, planning and preparation must take place well in advance of the spring breeding season. The key areas to consider include: 1) assess the bull power; 2) immunize the replacement heifers properly; and 3) breed the replacement heifers ahead of the cows.

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