Daily Archives: June 20, 2016

Burgundy Pasture Beef, a pioneer in the grass-fed business.

Burgundy Pasture Beef, a pioneer in the grass-fed business.

Kindra Gordon

Angus Journal

In the 1990s, grass-fed beef was not yet a buzzword. However, Jon Taggart; his wife, Wendy; and their young family saw a future in wholesome, flavorful food. In 1999,Taggart established a meat business at Grandview, Texas, offering 100% grass-fed beef — along with grass-fed lamb, pasture pork, free-range chicken, eggs and raw-milk cheese. Located just 35 minutes south of downtown Fort Worth and 50 minutes southwest of downtown Dallas, Burgundy Pasture Beef had the opportunity to serve a metropolitan area.

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Please Don’t Feed These Daisies

Please Don’t Feed These Daisies

Pam Smith

Progressive Farmer

Don’t let your livestock eat these daisies. That yellow flower popping up in hay and wheat fields is actually a weed called cressleaf groundsel that can poison livestock. Ohio State University weed specialist Mark Loux said the weed is being found in fairly high numbers in his state this year thanks to a mild winter.

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Pasture: Buy or Rent?

Pasture: Buy or Rent?

Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

Finding quality pasture to rent or purchase can be a struggle for cow/calf producers, especially with more acres going into grain production over the past few years. But when a producer has the option to buy or rent, which should he choose? The answer varies depending on the producer and pasture, says Tim Eggers, Iowa State University Extension farm management specialist.

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Mature size for the average beef cow

Mature size for the average beef cow

Justin Sexten


Few topics today are cussed and discussed as widely as “ideal” mature size for the average beef cow. This is not the first time I have joined in and it likely won’t be the last, but two recent articles in the Journal of Animal Science provide an interesting platform on the roles of mature size, weaning efficiency and environment.

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More Pounds, More Profit–Implanting calves increases operational performance

More Pounds, More Profit–Implanting calves increases operational performance

Southern Livestock

With the cattle market in constant flux, producers are putting an even greater emphasis on implants as a means to increase pounds and dollars at every stage of a calf’s life.  “Implants change the rate at which animals deposit muscle, and it makes them more efficient in dietary protein utilization, transferring protein to muscle,” said Daniel Scruggs, DVM, managing veterinarian for Zoetis. “More pounds on cattle can equate to more profit for the producer.”

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Forages are nation’s third most valuable crop

Forages are nation’s third most valuable crop

Prairie Farmer

The National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) is joining forces with the American Forage & Grassland Council (AFGC) to promote National Forage Week. National Forage Week is June 19-25.  The National Forage Week campaign is designed to raise awareness and educate the public about the role forages play in dairy and meat consumption, as well as the economic impact and environmental benefits they hold.

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Deadline approaches for applications to beefSD class

Deadline approaches for applications to beefSD class

Tri State Neighbor

SDSU Extension is now accepting applications for beefSD Class 3. BeefSD is an intensive two-year educational program designed to take participants to the next level in beef production. The first class of beefSD was initiated in 2010, and Class 2 was held from 2013 to 2015. Class 3 is scheduled to begin this fall.

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Senate bill contains rider blocking WOTUS

Senate bill contains rider blocking WOTUS

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Network

The fiscal 2017 Interior-Environment spending bill approved Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee contains a rider blocking the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule, also referred to as the Clean Water Act rule.

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Coalition calls for more investment in ag research

Coalition calls for more investment in ag research

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

In terms of global competition, the United States has long enjoyed a dominant position in agriculture and food production. Our system of research, extension and teaching, through our Land Grant universities, has helped drive innovation and kept us at the forefront of agricultural technology. That advantage is slipping though, as investment in agricultural research declines.

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Plum Thicket Farms named BIF Commercial Producer of Year

Plum Thicket Farms named BIF Commercial Producer of Year


The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Plum Thicket Farms, Gordon, Nebraska, the BIF Commercial Producer of the Year Award June 15 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Manhattan, Kansas. This national award is presented annually to a producer to recognize his or her dedication to improving the beef industry at the commercial level.

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Augusta County’s cow history will wow you

Augusta County’s cow history will wow you

Nancy Sorrells

Daily News Leader

Many of you know that Augusta County leads the state in beef cattle production. Even if you didn’t know that, you probably immediately conjured up a picture in your mind of black cattle grazing in fenced-in pastures along country roads, didn’t you?

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