Daily Archives: May 26, 2016

Summer mineral supplementation strategies

Summer mineral supplementation strategies

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

A mineral supplementation strategy must be designed to fit the needs of the cow herd and at the same time be economical.

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Forage Sorghum Good Silage Choice for Limited Irrigation

Forage Sorghum Good Silage Choice for Limited Irrigation

Russ Quinn

DTN

orage sorghum is becoming popular in dry climates such as the Texas Panhandle and southwest Kansas, as it is more drought tolerant and less expensive to grow compared to corn silage, according to Isaya Kisekka, assistant professor/agricultural engineer for the Kansas State University Southwest Research and Extension Center in Garden City, Kansas.

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Cattle on feed and forage conditions

Cattle on feed and forage conditions

Derrell S. Peel

FarmTalk

Feedlot inventories on May 1 were 10.78 million head in feedlots over 1,000 head capacity. This is up 1.3 percent from May 2015. Placements in April were 107.5 percent of year ago levels; the third straight monthly increase in feedlot placements.  April marketings were 101.2 percent of last year. The contrast between last year and this year in the feedlot industry is telling.

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Deseret Land and Livestock Manages for Wildlife AND Cattle

Deseret Land and Livestock Manages for Wildlife AND Cattle

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

As you might guess from its name, Deseret Land and Livestock isn’t just about raising cattle. Though they do run a lot of cattle on their 200,000 acres in the northeast corner of Utah. But they manage the grazing of the 4,500 mother cows and 4,000 yearlings so that they also constantly improve the land that provides habitat for herds of elk and deer, and a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. In fact, each year they support 10,000 large game animals and a multitude of other wildlife with the forage produced on the ranch.

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How one Wyoming rancher fought the EPA and won

How one Wyoming rancher fought the EPA and won

Anna-Lisa Laca

Drovers

Andy Johnson lives with his wife and kids on nine acres in Wyoming. A few years ago he wanted to build a stock pond for his horses and cows, and to give his kids a place to fish. He went through all the necessary state paperwork and obtained the permits he needed. Johnson even worked with a consultant to ensure the best design possible, certain he had followed all the necessary steps to build his pond.

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BVD: The rules of selling PI-cattle

BVD: The rules of selling PI-cattle

Wyatt Bechtel

Bovine Veterinarian

When a bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) persistently infected (PI)-calf has been identified, the owner has to decide what to do with it. One option is sending it through traditional marketing channels like an auction barn. However, livestock markets need to be aware of PI-animals before entering a sale ring, says Lindsay Graber, director of marketing and communications at the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA), Kansas City, MO.

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JBS’s Cameron Bruett Says Defining Sustainability is Critical to Beef Industry

JBS’s Cameron Bruett Says Defining Sustainability is Critical to Beef Industry

Oklahoma Farm Report

Sustainability in the beef industry continues to be a hot topic among today’s consumers. Cameron Bruett, head of corporate affairs for JBS, says the problem lies in not having a clear and consistent definition of sustainability as it relates to beef production.

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Winning at weeds

Winning at weeds

Adam Russell

Southern Livestock

It’s an annual battle to address range and pasture weeds, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Cool-season weeds have fully matured, and warm-season weeds are emerging amid wet spring conditions and creating problems for some forage producers, said Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton.

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Livestock leaders criticize ‘GIPSA rule’; USDA responds

Livestock leaders criticize ‘GIPSA rule’; USDA responds

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Network

Efforts by the USDA to implement the so-called “GIPSA rule” drew criticism from livestock industry leaders this week at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing. Kansas rancher and cattle feeder Tracy Brunner, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says they’re concerned the rule will make USDA “the ultimate arbiter of how cattle are marketed”.

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The greatest grazing sin

The greatest grazing sin

Mike Rankin

Hay and Forage Grower

I doubt that anyone who rotates pastures hasn’t made the mistake of overgrazing a paddock or more at some point. Though easier to avoid in the spring when pastures are growing faster than the livestock can consume them, as mid- and late-summer roll around and forage growth slows, grazing pastures too short is hard to avoid without some serious preplanning and the willingness to adjust management on the fly.

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