Daily Archives: July 21, 2016

The Top 10 coolest things about being a farmer

The Top 10 coolest things about being a farmer

Mark Parker

FarmTalk

10. It’s fun to make stuff up on those USDA planting surveys.

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What commercial producers are doing and what they can do better, experts say

What commercial producers are doing and what they can do better, experts say

Cassidy Woolsey

Progressive Cattleman

For most beef producers, the genetic packages are already in place for the 2017 calf crop and consequently, the next 20 years. The yearling bulls that will be sold in 2018 and used until 2022 or 2023 are gearing up for their first breeding season; their last calves won’t be born until 2023 or 2024; and their 10-year-old daughters won’t sell until about 2033 or 2034.

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From Big to Small to Big to Small: Part 3 of A Pictorial History of Cattle Over the Years

From Big to Small to Big to Small: Part 3 of A Pictorial History of Cattle Over the Years

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Just like cattlemen couldn’t seem to stop making animals smaller and smaller, now they couldn’t seem to stop heading the other direction either. Here’s what happened in the last half of the twentieth century.

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Watch for corkscrew claw

Watch for corkscrew claw

Glen Selk

Agri View

Recently a cattle producer asked about a lameness issue of a cow in his herd. There is no way to completely diagnose the problem via email. However his question encouraged a reminder about a lameness problem that can be troublesome for other cattle producers.

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BioZyme offers free tool for calculating feed values

BioZyme offers free tool for calculating feed values

Bovine Veterinarian

A critical component in maximizing the profitability of any beef feeding program is being able to identify feeds that provide the required nutrients at a good price. BioZyme® Inc., experts in all-natural livestock nutrition, has created a FREE online tool for cattle producers that estimates feed values based on feedstuff nutrient content and current market prices.

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Consideration of Fat and Protein in Alternative Feeds

Consideration of Fat and Protein in Alternative Feeds

Tara Felix

Southern Livestock

Cattle are tremendous creatures that can handle many feeds that non-ruminant animals, pigs and chickens, for example, cannot eat. Thus, beef cattle producers are uniquely positioned to use new and changing feed ingredients.

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5 tips for better beef quality

5 tips for better beef quality

Jill Loehr

Beef Producer

“We talk a lot about slowing down so you can be fast,” says Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Extension beef educator, as he talks about ways to create a safe and efficient cattle working facility. “You want the kind of set up that allows one person to sort, operate the chute and deliver the injection; it’s a lot less stress on the operator and the animal.”

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Manure: Returning Nutrients to their Roots, 2016 North American Manure Expo

Manure: Returning Nutrients to their Roots, 2016 North American Manure Expo

Michigan State University

The 2016 North American Manure Expo will take place on August 3 and 4 in London, Ohio. The Manure Expo provides a hands-on opportunity for livestock producers, manure applicators, nutrient management specialists, Extension educators and agency personal to see the newest technology in manure application equipment as well as attend a variety of educational sessions.

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Study: 5-species mixture produces more in pasture

Study: 5-species mixture produces more in pasture

Prairie Farmer

Getting more for less is an attractive concept. But it isn’t that easy when it comes to producing more food on less land with fewer resources. R. Howard Skinner has been researching this idea of more for less in agriculture. Skinner is a physiological plant ecologist and member of the USDA-ARS-Pasture System and Watershed Management Research Unit. He’s been looking into how to increase the amount of forage pastures can grow.

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NCBA continues push for TPP passage

NCBA continues push for TPP passage

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Newwork

he president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Tracy Brunner, says passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is NCBA’s top priority. “We’ve got expanding supplies and we need expanded market access for these growing supplies of beef and competitive proteins here in the United States,” Brunner says.

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