Daily Archives: March 31, 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


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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Summer Annuals, the Nutritious Pasture Refresh Button

Summer Annuals, the Nutritious Pasture Refresh Button

Genevieve Slocum

On Pasture

Planting summer annuals is an extra cost for your system, but if managed correctly, the high yields and quality of quick-growing summer annuals and the average daily gains they produce make it well worth it. Their summer growth will of course be far from what you’re used to from perennial stands and will take some adjusting in your grazing program.

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Packers Pay $1 Million a Week for CAB

Packers Pay $1 Million a Week for CAB

The Stock Exchange

Rewards for hitting the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand target have never been greater, even after 11 consecutive years of growing supply. A survey of CAB-licensed packers Cargill, JBS-USA, National and Tyson showed they paid a record $51.8 million in grid premiums in 2015, and more than $550 million over 20 years.

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Start Horn Fly Control Earlier than Later

Start Horn Fly Control Earlier than Later


Start a fly control program early to capture higher rates of gain They will come. Every spring, as surely as tulips and taxes, horn flies are guaranteed to land. The best strategy for control is to start early.

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