Daily Archives: July 20, 2016

Baxter Black, DVM:  Feast or Famine

Baxter Black, DVM:  Feast or Famine

Just let’er rain,” the rancher said, “We’ve built up quite a thirst.

I know the low road’s plum washed out, the tank dam’s bound to burst.

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Minerals to Cows

Minerals to Cows

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

The amount of minerals in forages varies tremendously over the year. Lower levels and availability of calcium and magnesium in lush spring grasses, combined with a cow’s peak need for calcium and magnesium, may mean an increase in cases of milk fever (low calcium), grass tetany (low magnesium) or a combination of both (what I call lactation tetany).

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Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame banquet honors industry leaders

Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame banquet honors industry leaders

Bovine Veterinarian

Feeding cattle is a challenging job. There are everchanging grain prices, shifting consumer demand, dynamic input costs, a fluctuating cattle market, in addition to all the other typical business responsibilities. Handling all of those variables – while continually producing the most wholesome, safe and affordable beef in the world – takes a special kind of individual – the kind recognized annually since 2009 by the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame.

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Recent monensin trial upholds 35-year-old edge

Recent monensin trial upholds 35-year-old edge

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

A new grazing trial with steers on wheat pasture showed comparable gains from feeding monensin to the first trials published 35 years ago. Recent University of Arkansas research published this year evaluated the performance of growing steers grazing wheat pasture and fed free-choice mineral designed to supply a daily dose of monensin, or another gain enhancer, and compared them with a control treatment.

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Getting started with cow-calf production – Part 2: Business Plan

Getting started with cow-calf production – Part 2: Business Plan

Katelyn Thompson

Michigan State University

Starting a business takes planning and preparation. Starting the business of a cow-calf operation is no different. Creating a business plan is a crucial step to developing a successful business. While business plans are used as a means for acquiring capital and potential partners, the primary value in authoring a business plan is to you, the operator or owner.

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4 ways to create quality silage

4 ways to create quality silage

Prairie Farmer

The first rule of silage: what goes in dictates what comes out. Variety selection, pre-harvest management and harvest timing are major determinants of the potential quality of the resulting silage. Then cutting and chopping, inoculant selection, filling and packing, covering and feedout management are all important to the quantity of silage available to feed and the ultimate quality of the forage fed, notes Bob Charley, Ph.D., Forage Products Manager, Lallemand Animal Nutrition.

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New Iowa Beef Center Publication Helps Producers “Make the Switch to Baleage”

New Iowa Beef Center Publication Helps Producers "Make the Switch to Baleage"

Dan Loy

Iowa Beef Center

Baling wet or rained-on hay or using outdoor hay storage can contribute significantly to reduced forage and feeding quality of that hay to cattle. And with forage expenditures accounting for the greatest proportion of feed costs, Iowa State University extension cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn said cattle producers might benefit from using different forage harvest practices such as baleage.

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Minnesota cattleman using versatile barn

Minnesota cattleman using versatile barn

Mark Dorenkamp

Brownfield Network

A west-central Minnesota cattleman is enjoying the versatility of his new barn. Mark Pesek of rural Canby runs a commercial cow/calf operation and sells club calves nationwide. The farm takes full advantage of a 120 by 60 foot barn that features a 21 foot lean.

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Depreciation is ‘hidden cost’ of beef production

Depreciation is ‘hidden cost’ of beef production

Patrick Gunn

Beef Producer

But remember, profit per cow is "return per cow over cash costs." Because many operations have reinvested in infrastructure and herd expansion in the past couple of years, fixed costs and in particular depreciation should not be overlooked. These costs include depreciation on machinery, equipment, housing and fences for the cattle operation, as well as interest, insurance and depreciation on the cattle themselves.

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Combating the “Summer Slump”

Combating the “Summer Slump”

Joe Sellers

The Stock Exchange

Iowa producers generally graze cool season grass or grass-legume pastures – those are the most productive and quality forages for our location. The downside is they produce a lot of grass in the spring and tend to slow down in the summer.

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