Daily Archives: April 27, 2016

Mark Parker:  Top 10 farmer’s famous last words

Mark Parker:  Top 10 farmer’s famous last words

FarmTalk

10. Leave the gate open—the cows won’t bother it.

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Big replacement heifers versus low costs

Big replacement heifers versus low costs

R. P. "Doc" Cooke

Beef Producer

Put simply, the best replacement heifers are the ones in the middle, because they cost less to raise and therefore make more money.

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American Angus Association collecting hoof scores to generate expected progeny difference

American Angus Association collecting hoof scores to generate expected progeny differences.

Shauna Hermal

Angus Journal

“Our goal is to come up with a simple system that characterizes the cattle well enough that we can build tools to help with your decision-making in the future,” said Moser, who serves as president of Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) and director of performance programs for the American Angus Association.

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Right mix for grazing depends on continuous management

Right mix for grazing depends on continuous management

Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

For Leland Shipley, the price of a healthy pasture is a never-ending quest to make it better. “You’re always doing something,” he says. “You want grass and not weeds.” Shipley raises cattle and sheep near here in Adams County. He has 60 cows in his mostly commercial herd, as well as 110 ewes.

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Beef Cow Size, Efficiency and Profit

Beef Cow Size, Efficiency and Profit

Scott P. Greiner

Virginia Tech

The search for the optimum beef cow is ongoing. Finding her is only somewhat less challenging than defining her. Cow efficiency has been described, researched, and discussed in many different forums, and has taken on numerous definitions. Recent discussions have focused on cow size (mature weight), and the importance and relevance of this trait on profitability and sustainability of beef production systems.

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Green’s ag background seen as perfect fit for UNL, state

Green’s ag background seen as perfect fit for UNL, state

CHRIS DUNKER

Lincoln Journal Star

Ronnie Green grew up modestly on his family’s beef and sharecropping farm near Fincastle, Virginia. His family descended from the Scots-Irish immigrants who put down roots in the Shenandoah Valley in the 1700s. Fincastle itself was founded as an administrative seat for what was then the wide wilderness of colonial America.

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Spring pasture and cattle management can help production

Spring pasture and cattle management can help production

Jennifer Carrico

High Plains Journal

Whether you live in the Midwest or the High Plains, management of pasture ground, rangeland and grasses is important in the spring. Some grasses survive the winter months better than others and moisture is a big factor in early springtime growth.

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9 Apps Custom-Built for Livestock Producers

9 Apps Custom-Built for Livestock Producers

Ben Potter

AgWeb

Here are a few livestock-focused mobile apps that have been reviewed on the AgWeb App Finder. For dozens of additional farming app reviews, ratings and links to download, visit www.AgWebAppFinder.com.

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From beer to beef : Farmers make use of spent brewery grain

From beer to beef : Farmers make use of spent brewery grain

Citizen-Times

Craft beer drinkers may not realize it while sipping their ales and lagers, but virtually all grain used in making their brews gets an afterlife – much of it as feed for beef and dairy cows.

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Managing costs is key to riding out cattle cycle

Managing costs is key to riding out cattle cycle

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

Focus on being as competitive as possible, which means lowering and managing costs; then you have the chance to profit no matter where the market is at any point in time.” That’s the common recommendation shared by lenders I visited with earlier this year when quizzing them about how they were advising clients to manage price risk.

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