Daily Archives: May 10, 2016

Baxter Black, DVM: The Axis of Ideal Understanding

Baxter Black, DVM: The Axis of Ideal Understanding

I have developed a way to evaluate when a person reaches the pinnacle of their profession, their prime, so to speak.

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Managing feedyard dust economically advantageous

Managing feedyard dust economically advantageous

Robyn Scherer-Carlson

Progressive Cattleman

Several years ago, regulations were considered on the issue of feedyard dust. However, the question remains: Is feedyard dust really that big of an issue? And if so, how can operators help to minimize this issue?

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Consider year-round pasture management to maximize on-farm forages

Consider year-round pasture management to maximize on-farm forages

Beef Producer

Providing protein and energy requirements to beef cattle with standing forage is an economical way to operate the ranch. Hay and supplements are expensive and can erode profitability. This erosion can be avoided in most geographical regions of the United States by managing cool season and warm season forages for year round grazing.

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Equipment: Mobile access may allow for faster solutions

Equipment: Mobile access may allow for faster solutions

Ann Marie Edwards

Iowa Farmer Today

Technology is advancing agricultural practices in many ways, and the cattle industry is no exception. Numerous agriculture-related applications (apps) are available and can be downloaded onto a smartphone or tablet to be used in your operation. Start by running a search in your app store for your particular area of interest, such as beef cattle.

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To Implant or Not to Implant?

To Implant or Not to Implant?

Kelly Bruns

University of Nebraska

As we enter this branding season, producers may be asking themselves the following questions: 1. Will implanting at branding time affect the price of the calves when sold in the fall? 2. Is implanting calves at branding time worth the investment?

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Ohio State offers digital guides to weed identification and management.

Ohio State offers digital guides to weed identification and management.

Tracy Turner

Angus Journal

Weed scientists in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University (OSU) have developed several digital weed identification and management guides for growers

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Projected lifetime returns: Bred heifers

Projected lifetime returns: Bred heifers

Harlan Hughes

Beef Magazine

This month I will focus on the challenges that you and I face in projecting lifetime economic returns of adding preg-checked heifers to the herd. I believe that expanding — or not expanding — your beef cow herd and its timing is one of the more critical financial management decisions relating to your operation.

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Quick Pasture Improvements From Managed Grazing

Quick Pasture Improvements From Managed Grazing

Jim Gerrish

On Pasture

The really bright side of the story is this is the result with only one season using a MiG-approach. A year ago both sides looked about the same. Both sides had a long history of set stocking a small herd in each pasture. Pooling the herds and moving them through multiple pastures has made the difference.

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Veterinarians and producers must maintain a two-way track in communication.

Veterinarians and producers must maintain a two-way track in communication.

Kate Hagens

Hereford World

Livestock producers, veterinarians, retailers and agriculturists alike are working to adjust to the new Veterinarian Feed Directive (VFD) regulation, a change in policy limiting the administration of certain antimicrobials in feed.

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Key performance indicators help identify more profitable areas for ranchers

Key performance indicators help identify more profitable areas for ranchers

Blair Fannin

High Plains Journal

Viewed as a report card for a cattle operation, key performance indicators, also known as KPIs, can assist beef producers in measuring factors crucial to an operation.

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