Daily Archives: April 13, 2016

Fly control for beef cattle

Fly control for beef cattle

Paul Gonzalez

Sampson Independent

While visiting some farms this spring to help work cattle, I have noticed that flies are out quite early this year. Probably due in part to the warm, wet weather we have had recently. Usually I get the question, “What is the best thing for flies?” There isn’t really a “best thing” for flies.

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5 Trees That Shouldn’t Be Planted Near Livestock

5 Trees That Shouldn’t Be Planted Near Livestock

J. Keeler Johnson

Hobby Farms

If you have livestock on your farm, such as cows or horses, it’s a nice idea to plant shade trees in their pastures to protect them from the sun. In fact, if you’re carving your pastures out of a lightly wooded area, there may already be some large and suitable shade trees available. However, it’s important to keep in mind that while shade trees are good, some tree species can be toxic to livestock and are best planted somewhere else on your farm. Here are five trees you want to avoid planting to keep your livestock safe.

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Mark Parker:  The Top 10 things the guy at the parts counter hears on a typical day

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 things the guy at the parts counter hears on a typical day


10. Well, it’s kinda round with some bumps on it and I bought one here just a coupla years back—don’t you remember?

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Ohio shutting down prison farms, selling land

Ohio shutting down prison farms, selling land

Linda Martz


The state prison farm operated at Mansfield Correctional Institution is among 10 agricultural operations Ohio is shutting down in a move to raise millions of dollars to fund new rehabilitation and job-training programs for inmates through land sales. The state will continue farming this year, but will prepare to auction off livestock and stop farming by 2017, prisons director Gary Mohr told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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Late-gestation trace mineral supplementation shows promise

Late-gestation trace mineral supplementation shows promise

Wes Ishmael


“Maybe what we thought we knew about what pregnant cows need isn’t 100% correct in terms of trace mineral requirements,” says Reinaldo Cooke, Extension beef specialist at Oregon State University (OSU). Or, maybe trace mineral intake during late gestation is at least as important to fetal programming as crude protein and energy.

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Artificial Insemination in Beef Cattle

Artificial Insemination in Beef Cattle

Neil Billinger

Saskatoon Home Page

With calving season in full swing or even coming to a close on many beef operations, breeding season and bull selection is moving to the forefront for most producers. Instead of being limited to the genetics available for sale at the bull sales you attend this spring plus what is already in the bull battery, what if you were able to obtain the genetics from the best bulls in the world to mate to your cows? The technology that allows producers to do this has been around for six decades and is called artificial insemination.

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Another bovine TB case in northern Michigan

Another bovine TB case in northern Michigan

Detroit Free Press

Officials say another case of bovine tuberculosis has been detected in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said Monday the case recently was confirmed in a medium-sized beef cattle herd in Oscoda County.

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Cows Need Salt to Avoid Grass Tetany

Cows Need Salt to Avoid Grass Tetany

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA

Grass tetany, or grass staggers, affects mature cattle grazing lush forage after weather changes, like freezing early spring pastures or sudden growth after rainfall following drought. This problem is associated with magnesium deficiency, calcium deficiency and excess potassium in the blood of affected animals.

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EPA being blamed for assisting with anti-farmer billboards

EPA being blamed for assisting with anti-farmer billboards

Rich Keller


Two billboards that violate federal rules governing EPA funding, which appear to lobby for new state legislation to limit farmers activities that environmental groups claim pollute waterways, has caused quite a stir in Washington state and Washington, D.C.

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UW Research Seeks Whether Manipulating Rumen Microbes Can Increase Feed Efficiency

UW Research Seeks Whether Manipulating Rumen Microbes Can Increase Feed Efficiency

University of Wyoming

University of Wyoming scientists will use a $500,000 National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant to study if microbes in the rumen could be influenced to improve beef cattle feed efficiency. The four-year study, led by Associate Professor Kristi Cammack in the Department of Animal Science, will examine the effect of microbes in the rumen on calf performance.

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