Monthly Archives: March 2016

Trump, Cruz can’t avoid ag issues at CNN town hall

Trump, Cruz can’t avoid ag issues at CNN town hall

Wyatt Bechtel

Drovers

CNN’s recent presidential town hall in Wisconsin offered a chance to hear Republican candidates’ thoughts on agricultural issues, in particular immigration, labor and trade. The first agriculture-related question came from Jason Vorpahl, a dairy farmer from Random Lake, Wis., where he milks 2,800 cows on the farm his great-grandparents started in the 1800s.

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Calf losses before birth concern for producers

Calf losses before birth concern for producers

Agri View

An “abortion” is the discharge of the fetus prior to the end of the normal gestation period. Abortions have many causes, including physiological problems such as hormonal imbalances, metabolic problems, toxicoses and/or infectious diseases caused by protozoa, fungi, bacteria or viruses, according to Neil Dyer, director of the North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

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Bovine Economics 101

Bovine Economics 101

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

One of the biggest collections of worthless, timewasting, slanderous, untrue, irrelevant, scandalous, obscene, and unnecessary information can be found on Facebook. Yet this popular social media channel can every now and again produce a nugget of pure inspiration. One such gem was posted on my page this past week.

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Tool helps maximize distiller’s grains in the diet

Tool helps maximize distiller’s grains in the diet

Dean Peterson

Beef Producer

Overall dry matter intake decreased as the calcium oxide percentages increased when feeding distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS). The efficiency of gain (pounds of gain per pound of feed) increased as the calcium oxide percentage increased and peaked at slightly more than 1% of the total dry matter. Steers fed close to 1% calcium oxide required fewer days on feed.

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Push for “meaningful” grass fed meat label

Push for “meaningful” grass fed meat label

Julie Harker

Brownfield News

Nine ag and consumer groups are urging the USDA to reinstate a “meaningful grassfed label for meat.” The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) had overseen a voluntary label standard but determined in January that it did not have statutory authority over it.

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Stewardship Is Good for This Cattle Business

Stewardship Is Good for This Cattle Business

Loretta Sorensen

DTN/Progressive Farmer

In the past, conservation and confinement operations have not always been thought of as compatible. But times have changed, and when fourth-generation beef producer Lance Sennett started planning to expand the family’s confined feeding operation, he had stewardship, the environment and a profitable business all as part of the overall goal.

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Take precautions to avoid Trichomoniasis this breeding season

Take precautions to avoid Trichomoniasis this breeding season

The Cattle Business Weekly

Trichomoniasis, a reproductive disease of cattle, is experiencing somewhat of a resurgence in South Dakota this past winter and spring.  As such, cattle producers should keep the disease at the top of their mind when preparing for the upcoming breeding season, said Russ Daly, SDSU Extension Veterinarian.

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