Daily Archives: March 24, 2016

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 hardships suffered by ag husbands in exchange for being married to such wonderful women

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 hardships suffered by ag husbands in exchange for being married to such wonderful women


10. Removal and proper burial of all deceased family pets.

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Beginner’s Introduction to EPDs

Beginner’s Introduction to EPDs

Kristin Lewis Hawkins

The Cattleman

You may have heard the term epd when looking for a new herd bull or seen the tables of numbers and symbols while leafing through sale catalogs. It probably looks like advanced-level equations that require classes to gain an extensive knowledge of genetics for it to make sense.

However, do not let what appears overly complicated intimidate you — once you know what you are looking at, and with a little practice, EPDs can become a valuable tool to help you make decisions for your operation.

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Cow-calf Producers Need an Appreciation for Depreciation

Cow-calf Producers Need an Appreciation for Depreciation

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

While many cow-calf producers sang sad songs, lamenting the way calf prices dropped during 2015, cash returns to cow-calf operations were not so sad. From a historical perspective, they look pretty good.

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Premature Problems

Premature Problems

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

The passive immunity function is something your veterinarian can check with a simple blood test. If it is inadequate, and you want to give her the best start possible, a blood or plasma transfusion from her dam or another mature cow could benefit her greatly.

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Work safely, efficiently with custom cattle facilities

Work safely, efficiently with custom cattle facilities

Every rancher or farmer works cattle a little differently depending on a variety of factors from herd size, type, and age to equipment/facility layout and budget, yet too often standard equipment does not accommodate these needs.

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Producers look for protection from volatility

Producers look for protection from volatility

Greg Lucht

Iowa Farmer Today

While the outlook for cattle prices remains strong, producers have seen more than a little volatility in the past few months. And that means using market tools to buy a little protection has been, and will likely continue to be, a good strategy.

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Teff: A worthy contender among forage options

Teff: A worthy contender among forage options

Daniel LaFaver

Progressive Forage Grower

I grew up in the Midwest grain belt where corn, beans and wheat were homogenous commodities – one had no real advantage over another. But when I moved my family west to Oregon, where I was soon immersed in the forage industry, I began to see opportunities that could offer real competitive advantages. Not necessarily in wheat, barley and peas but in other forage applications, like teff.

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