Daily Archives: August 29, 2016

Ranching and Wetlands Can Go Together

Ranching and Wetlands Can Go Together

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Jeff Laszlo says that ranches are deceptive. “You look at them, you see a lot of land and a lot of cattle, but what you don’t see is everything else that depends on this landscape.” He believes that, even though it’s very difficult to do, it’s his job as a rancher to do as good a job as he can so that all those things that depend on the landscape can thrive.

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Twin Calves Are No Blessing

Twin Calves Are No Blessing

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

A female born twin to a bull calf should always be checked for fertility. The likelihood that she is a freemartin is high.

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Have a drought plan for this fall

Have a drought plan for this fall

Randy Rasby

Angus Journal

Adjusting livestock inventory to reduce and balance total forage required with available forage supply usually is the most economical alternative. Individual production records come in handy to identify low-producing females. Consider culling older cows and less-productive cows. If it is necessary to cull cows, consider culling females that are in the bottom 15%-20% of production for two to three years in succession.

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Why Buy It When You Can Graze It? Plant Wheat Early to Utilize Pasture for Foraging This Fall

Why Buy It When You Can Graze It? Plant Wheat Early to Utilize Pasture for Foraging This Fall

Oklahoma Farm Report

Wheat planting season is just around the corner, and cattle producers are already thinking ahead as they consider how potential wheat pasture will fit into their fall forage plan.

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Harvested Forages – Get the Report Back!

Harvested Forages – Get the Report Back!

Dennis Holthaus

Minnesota Farm Guide

Swathers, rakes and balers, as well as, choppers, trucks and pack tractors will be churning through another forage season leaving behind shapely monuments, which we will look back at the edge of the field and ask the question of "what now?" The obvious answer is "move it", "stack it" and/or "feed it"!

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Producers moving heifers to feedlots

Producers moving heifers to feedlots

Tom Steever

Brownfield AG Network

“In the short term this is bad news for us, meaning we’ve got to deal with this extra supply spread out over the next easily six to 12 months, in fact,” Nelson told Brownfield Ag News Monday.  “On the positive side, for the long term, we’re stopping expansion, which means by around 2018, certainly by 2019, that’s when we start to see smaller beef supplies hit this market.”

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This Wyoming feeder shares suggested strategies for a successful experience

This Wyoming feeder shares suggested strategies for a successful experience

Kindra Gordon

Hereford World

Sending weaned calves to the feedlot, whether for backgrounding or developing breeding stock, can be a stressful experience — for both calves and producers. That annual calf crop is a producer’s paycheck and investment in the future.

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“Make manure safety a priority after harvest”

"Make manure safety a priority after harvest"

Rich Gates

University of Illinois

With harvest around the corner, manure application follows, so it’s a good time to remember manure safety, says Rich Gates, professor and Extension specialist at the University of Illinois. "Any liquid/slurry stores, when agitated, will release toxic hydrogen sulfide and methane gasses that can be lethal. This week, during agitation of a large manure storage tank in Wisconsin, a young farmer was killed from manure gas, along with 16 cows.

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Focus on Health Assurance for the Cow Herd

Focus on Health Assurance for the Cow Herd

Feedlot Magazine

Northern Plains cow-calf producers soon will begin weaning calves, and those producers are looking for the best way to keep their calf crop healthy. Cow-calf producers can’t buy insurance to protect their cattle, but good livestock stewardship will go a long way toward making sure the animals stay in good health, according to Gerald Stokka, the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s veterinarian and livestock stewardship specialist.

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