Daily Archives: September 7, 2016

The Cadillac Of Pre-Owned Cows

The Cadillac Of Pre-Owned Cows

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Jonathan Perry is always looking for the next best thing. In cattle circles, that means fresher genetics over tried-and-true dams. And at Tennessee’s Deer Valley Farm, it means 5-year-old Angus seedstock are moved out of the herd every year, selling in one of the farm’s two annual auctions.

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The Challenge of Nitrates in Cover Crop Forages

The Challenge of Nitrates in Cover Crop Forages

Bruce Anderson

University of Nebraska

Cover crops are reportedly good for many purposes. They can reduce erosion, fix nitrogen, add organic matter, breakup hardpans, capture soil nitrates, feed soil microbes, control weeds, and improve water infiltration. They might remove excess moisture, keep soils cool, or reduce evaporation. Hopefully, they maintain or improve our stewardship of the soil resource and result in improved cropping system profits.

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Indicator cows can pinpoint success of herd

Indicator cows can pinpoint success of herd

Steve Suther

Farm and Ranch Guide

When you have just enough cows to name them all, it’s easy to characterize them by appearance, temperament and some might even say personality. Kids like to find names to fit. Twister was one of ours 20 years ago, an outlier for poor docility that left no daughters in the herd.

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Red Angus Association of America releases fall EPDs

Red Angus Association of America releases fall EPDs

Progressive Cattleman

Making critical decisions about the future of your breeding program demands the very best tools and up-to-date information available. The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) has released the 2016 fall EPDs that evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit.

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You only get one chance to make good silage

You only get one chance to make good silage

Kelli Boylen

Progressive Forage

here are many definitions of what quality silage is, and it can be a balancing act to figure out what is best for your operation and herd. For example, a shorter chop will result in a better kernel processing (KP) score, but most producers want longer fibers since that can reduce the need for dry hay (which is more expensive than corn silage), or they are trying to reduce the need to add straw.

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Small Grains as Forage AND Cover Crops

Small Grains as Forage AND Cover Crops

Genevieve Slocum

On Pasture

You may look at most small grains – oats, rye, wheat, triticale, barley, spelt – and think of either grain or forage. As it happens, small grains also make excellent cover crops. They are easy and economical to establish and grow, great at building soil, and helpful for uptaking excess nutrients.

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Breeding season bull management

Breeding season bull management

Drovers

As breeding season gets underway there are some points to remember about the bull battery.  The most economically stable ranches are those that get cows and heifers bred early in the breeding season.  The two key factors in making this happen are that the female is cycling and the bull is in proper condition.

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Producers May Have Best Chance in Years to Get Head Start Establishing Wheat Pastures for Fall

Producers May Have Best Chance in Years to Get Head Start Establishing Wheat Pastures for Fall

Oklahoma Farm Report

With no other good alternatives out there right now, there stands to be a lot of potential interest for grazing wheat pastures this year, according to Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel.

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New vaccine technologies are challenging the need to booster vaccinate beef calves.

New vaccine technologies are challenging the need to booster vaccinate beef calves.

Frank Wardynski

Michigan State University

Soon beef cow-calf producers will be separating calves from cows, and many will precondition those calves through a weaning and vaccination program to help ensure calves remain healthy through the sale and shipping process. Precondition programs are well established with protocols having been set by both marketing organizations and pharmaceutical companies.

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Marietta beef cattle farm gets first-in-Pennsylvania grassfed label

Marietta beef cattle farm gets first-in-Pennsylvania grassfed label

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Lancaster Online

A Marietta beef cattle family farm is the first in Pennsylvania to receive a certified grassfed label by A Greener World, an Oregon-based group that promotes sustainable livestock production that has a  positive impact on the environment, society and animals. Receiving the grassfed label is Drager Farms LLC, owned by Nathan W. Drager. Drager raises a small herd of mainly black Angus cattle on 50 acres he purchased from his family.

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