Daily Archives: May 25, 2016

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 hay-making challenges

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 hay-making challenges


10. The windshield wipers on your hay baler tractor aren’t working.

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Land Affordability and Availability Moving Cattle Indoors

Land Affordability and Availability Moving Cattle Indoors

Victoria Myers

Progressive Farmer

Some Midwestern corn and soybean producers may want to get into the cattle business, but with land still averaging more than $8,000 an acre, it’s impossible to pencil in a profit using traditional methods. Jeff Morse, Council Bluffs, Iowa, did that math a few years back, and he couldn’t make it work.

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Brisket Disease: It’s Not Just a High-altitude Disease

Brisket Disease: It’s Not Just a High-altitude Disease

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Journal

For many years, cattle producers have noticed that some cattle at high elevations suffer pulmonary artery hypertension, which leads to congestive heart failure.

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Weeds are tattletales

Weeds are tattletales

Walt Davis

Beef Producer

Weeds do not invade; they just grow where our management makes it difficult for the plants we favor to do well. Probably number one on the list of weed causing management faults is starving our forage plants by reducing the amount of sunlight they can convert to biological energy (sugar).

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First cutting alfalfa harvest details make a positive difference.

First cutting alfalfa harvest details make a positive difference.

Phil Kaatz

Michigan State University

Each spring, there’s usually a very long list of things producers need to complete on a timely basis. A couple years ago, I asked several very successful farmers what made the difference between doing very well compared to just getting by, and the answer was pretty uniform across the group.

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Cows will be cows on Yoder’s farm

Cows will be cows on Yoder’s farm

Neal Querio

Ottumwa Courier

For Robert Yoder, raising beef cattle does not have to be complicated. “There are a lot of farmers out there that think they have to have all this equipment,” he said. “God makes the grass grow, he makes the cattle, and that is really all you need.” That is not to say Yoder is not willing to improve where he can.

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Managing pastures and cattle in drought

Managing pastures and cattle in drought

Adam Speir

Madison Journal Today

It’s been several years since the word “drought” has been mentioned in our area, and it would’ve been nearly unimaginable three months ago that I would be writing about drought management, but here we are. All of North Georgia, above a line from Carroll to Lincoln Counties, is now classified as being in a “moderate drought.” This comes at a critical time for forage and beef cattle producers (as well as anyone trying to grow anything right now). Ryegrass is being baled right now, and bermudagrass fields are at a time where rainfall is needed to get a good first flush of growth coming out of spring greenup.

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Sustainability depends on communication

Sustainability depends on communication

Doug Rich

High Plains Journal

What is sustainability for the beef industry? Is it about the environment, animal welfare, consumers or producers? The Beef Sustainability Knowledge Summit, sponsored by K-Coe Isom and the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University, held in Manhattan, Kansas, May 10, attempted to answer these questions. Experts and stakeholders from across the country gathered in the K-State Alumni Center to discuss beef sustainability.

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Use Dormant Native Range and Supplements to Possibly Improve Cow Herd Efficiency

Use Dormant Native Range and Supplements to Possibly Improve Cow Herd Efficiency


Maintaining cow herd nutritional requirements in an economically feasible way is vital to efficient cattle production, according to John Jaeger, Kansas State University associate professor of animal sciences. Jaeger has researched how producers can use dormant native range to graze beef cattle in conjunction with providing protein supplements.

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Cleaning and maintaining cattle feeding sites can increase production

Cleaning and maintaining cattle feeding sites can increase production

James Schmidt

Kansas State University

The arrival of May means now is the time to ensure cattle feeding sites are properly managed and kept clean. Excess manure can cause a multitude of issues, ranging from increased fly populations to dirty water. Joel DeRouchey, professor in Kansas State University’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, said that from a sanitation standpoint, any manure that is lying around could end up downstream, especially during times of heavy spring rains.

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