Daily Archives: May 2, 2016

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 farm kid names and their origins

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 farm kid names and their origins


10. Milo: A misunderstanding, actually. When the nurse asked the name of the newborn, Dad had a hacking fit and muttered, “milo,” as an explanation for coughing — and the nurse wrote it down.

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Implants in beef still misunderstood by consumers

Implants in beef still misunderstood by consumers

Fort Hays Daily News

One of the best tools for increasing beef production is steroid implants. They’re also one of the most misunderstood technologies by consumers and, unfortunately, even beef producers. Estrogen and progesterone are common hormone implants given to suckling calves. Both are female reproductive hormones cattle and humans produce daily. Hormone implants have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and have been used in beef production since the 1950s.

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How Much Does Your Hay Storage Cost?

How Much Does Your Hay Storage Cost?

Brian Beer

Southeast Cattle Advisor

Be careful how you answer that question. Cost and expense are two different things. Everyone worries about the expense of building barns for hay storage. Yes, barns are a big capital expense. Sometimes the method with the least expense ends up costing you the most.

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Stinky science

Stinky science

Greg Henderson and Friends


The growing chorus from environmental activists pins much of the blame for climate change on livestock production. In fact, Denmark’s Council on Ethics is calling for a “climate tax” on red meat, action they believe is an “effective response to climate-damaging foods.”

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Kaczmareks build reputation on hearty carcass traits

Kaczmareks build reputation on hearty carcass traits

David Cooper

Progressive Cattleman

The scenic environment around Kaczmarek Herefords may be a bit remote from traditional cattle country. But when buyers go there, they typically find just what they’re looking for.

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Manage overgrazing for full-season feed needs

Manage overgrazing for full-season feed needs

Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

Grass is plentiful now, but proper pasture management can help ensure plenty of the green stuff through the grazing season. A system like rotational grazing is the best way to make sure pasture acres are stretched, says Denise Schwab, Extension beef specialist with Iowa State University in Vinton. “If you graze it too short this early, that pasture will never catch up,” she says.

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One rancher takes a hard look at what counts

One rancher takes a hard look at what counts

Bob Lindsey

Beef Magazine

After surgery on both of my ankles resulting in a huge blood clot that almost cost me my life, and a bad horse wreck that landed me in ICU for several days, it was time to consider my options. My family help is very limited. I do not have any brothers or children to help do the things that need to be done every day, especially in an active cattle operation.

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Hot Topic, Cool Solutions

Hot Topic, Cool Solutions

Miranda Reiman

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Many challenges in the beef community are tackled with a two-pronged approach: genetics and management. Heat stress should be no different, says Megan Rolf, Oklahoma State University Extension beef geneticist.

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The $1 billion bite at profits: How to fight horn flies

The $1 billion bite at profits: How to fight horn flies

Minnesota Farm Guide

Can you imagine being bit 120,000 times per day? It might be hard to imagine what this feels like, however during peak timeframes, as many as 4,000 horn flies can call a cow’s hide home. At 30 blood meals per day, that adds up to 120,000 bites per cow.

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Edible Bale Wrap Developed to Reduce Farm Waste and Save Cows

Edible Bale Wrap Developed to Reduce Farm Waste and Save Cows

Northern Ag

Not having to deal with frozen bale twine or plastic wrap would be a dream come true for those who’ve even been involved in feeding livestock, particularly during the winter. 

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