Daily Archives: June 29, 2016

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 sources of farm truck dents and dings

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 sources of farm truck dents and dings

FarmTalk

10. Mangled grill from helping the neighbor’s bull find his way home.

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Illinois: Rantoul Woman, Veterinarians Responded to Accident

Illinois: Rantoul Woman, Veterinarians Responded to Accident

Marcus Jackson

The News and Observer

"Just like any other emergency, if it had been a bus, you look around, check to see if the driver is OK, and any passengers," Allen said. "When I got out there, I could see the driver (Scott Lundeen), talked to him for just a moment to make sure he was OK and didn’t need to sit down because he had a concussion or something like that."

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Planning for fall calf marketing

Planning for fall calf marketing

Ken Olson

Southern Livestock

Even though fall calf sales seem a long way down the road, now is the time to plan for marketing. Being prepared with a marketing plan will allow you to take fullest advantage of prices and maximize the value received for your calves.

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Salty water causing issues for South Dakota cattle herds

Salty water causing issues for South Dakota cattle herds

Tri State Neighbor

Poor quality water is leading to blindness in some northwestern South Dakota livestock herds, and producers are encouraged to test their water sources for high salt levels. Sulfates have caused polio in some herds this year, and blindness has been reported, too, according to Robin Salverson, SDSU Extension cow-calf specialist.

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Education is crucial for agriculture careers

Education is crucial for agriculture careers

Morning AG Clips

Many young Americans are already hard at work on the farm, even as the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” still echo in their ears. Other recent high school graduates may be planning to support the agriculture industry in other ways, perhaps as a scientist, salesperson or agronomist. Regardless of their destination, young people looking for a successful career in agriculture should continue a path of learning, experts advise.

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Breed cows to match your forage resources

Breed cows to match your forage resources

Sydney Sleep

Hay and Forage Grower

“The beef industry is on an unsustainable path because aggressively selecting for enhanced mature size, muscle, and milk potential isn’t necessarily good for the commercial operation given typical forage resources,” said David Lalman, Oklahoma State University extension beef cattle specialist.

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Prime and Choice beef dominating production

Prime and Choice beef dominating production

Nevil Speer

Beef Magazine

Last week, we highlighted the importance of the recent spike in the Choice / Select spread. The focus included implications of a concurrent price surge for middle meats (rib and loin) versus the end meats (chuck and round). That is, the rib and loin now account for over 52% of the overall cutout value – a jump of nearly 10% since the start of the year. In combination, it appears that consumers are opting for the top end of the market – in terms of both selected cuts and quality grade.

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