Daily Archives: May 4, 2016

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 home repairs seldom experienced inside the city limits

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 home repairs seldom experienced inside the city limits

FarmTalk

10. Second floor window replacement due to the inattentive backing of a grain auger.

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To Estrus Detect or Not Was the Question

To Estrus Detect or Not Was the Question

B. T. Tibbitts, T. L. Meyer, D. J. Kelly‚, and R. N. Funston

University of Nebraska

Artificial insemination allows producers to utilize superior genetics for less than purchasing a herd sire of similar quality. Estrus synchronization can shorten the calving season, increase calf uniformity, and facilitate the use of AI. Estrus synchronization and AI require planning and additional time and labor, which are the most cited reasons why producers don’t use these reproductive technologies.

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Pole Barn Construction Techniques

Pole Barn Construction Techniques

Dave Boyt

Hobby Farms

When you think of building a barn, images of a solid post and beam structure with a stone foundation that will stand for centuries may come to mind. But farming is practical. The people who built those barns made the best use of the materials available to them. If sheet metal, power tools, and pre-fabricated trusses had been available, they surely would have used them.

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

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

Shauna Rose Hermel

Angus Journal

Cattle that don’t have the proper pastern set often tend to have shallow heels, he noted. As they sit back on their heels, they don’t get as much wear on their toes, so the toes tend to grow out. This can cause lameness in especially the rear limbs, though the front limbs can be affected, too.

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How supplements with intake control properties can help your herd

How supplements with intake control properties can help your herd

Progressive Cattleman

You’ve likely heard the mantra that six small meals a day are better than three large meals a day. Think about a time when you’ve had multiple snack-sized meals throughout the day – perhaps a Super Bowl party or potluck.

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Where Fly Control Starts Early and Goes Long

Where Fly Control Starts Early and Goes Long

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

On February 19, the temperature was down in the low 20s in Marianna, Florida. Hardly typical. But Lamont Ennis wasn’t complaining. "Isn’t it a beautiful day? This will knock the flies back." It’s no wonder Ennis welcomes cold weather. This general manager of the Southern Cattle Company, said he and his crew fight flies at least six months out of the year. They appreciate any help Mother Nature throws their way.

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Texas AgriLife livestock specialists look for efficiencies

Texas AgriLife livestock specialists look for efficiencies

Ron Smith

Southwestern Farm Press

“Prices for 2016 are obviously higher than 2012. That’s great if you are selling, but not so great if you are buying replacement heifers or cows,” he said. “We’ve seen those record-high prices come down a bit since late last year and you need to do everything you can to put as many pounds on your calves as possible.”

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Heed this advice on anaplasmosis

Heed this advice on anaplasmosis

Morning Ag Clips

Anaplasmosis is most commonly caused by Anaplasma marginale, a microorganism that invades red blood cells and causes severe anemia. Transmitted through the blood, the main culprits in spreading the disease include biting flies or ticks or infected blood transferred on contaminated needles or other equipment.

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Fly control part of winning combination for Texas rancher

Fly control part of winning combination for Texas rancher

Beef Magazine

All it takes is a quick look around the Hidden Oaks ranch at Canton, Texas, to see that the right combination of genetics and environment produces some outstanding cattle, both on the ranch and in the show ring.

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Consumers’ Taste for Beef Varies by Brand Name, Kansas State University Study Find

Consumers’ Taste for Beef Varies by Brand Name, Kansas State University Study Finds

Kansas State University

Taste tests conducted on the Manhattan campus found that consumers rated steak and ground beef products higher for flavor, texture, juiciness, tenderness and overall liking when the packaging included the terms certified Angus beef, Angus or USDA prime.

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