Monthly Archives: October 2016

Corn silage too dry?

Corn silage too dry?

Travis Meteer

University of Illinois

I have had numerous reports of drier than normal corn silage this year. It is hard to post a blog that answers all the questions about corn silage. Nutrient analysis of corn silage, dry matter, nitrate levels, analysis of other feedstuffs, cow size, cow condition, environmental factors, and many more variables can impact the amount of corn silage you need to feed. I recommend you consult your nutritionist or extension specialist on your specific situation.

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Ranch Management Expert’s Two Keys to Overcoming Obstacles and Increasing Your Bottom Line

Ranch Management Expert’s Two Keys to Overcoming Obstacles and Increasing Your Bottom Line

Oklahoma Farm Report

Rick Machen of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management is a big believer in what he calls a “systems approach” to making decisions on any ranching operation. He spoke to Farm Director Ron Hays recently about his theories on this style of management and says one of the keys to running a successful enterprise, is to know and understand what your major expenses are and where those costs can be trimmed.

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Five ways to maintain your cow herd’s body condition score year-round

Five ways to maintain your cow herd’s body condition score year-round

Steven Paisley

Progressive Cattleman

Body condition scoring (BCS) is an essential tool used to estimate the cow’s energy reserves at key points during the yearly production cycle. By evaluating cattle on a 1 to 9 scale, beef producers can not only evaluate the current nutritional management of the cattle, but also adjust future grazing and feeding decisions to fit the current situation.

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Chadron State College touts new range complex, large range management program

Chadron State College touts new range complex, large range management program

Nebraska Farmer

According to Ron Bolze, CSC agriculture and range management associate professor, the college offers bachelor of science degrees in range management, with options in rangeland ecology, livestock management, wildlife management, fire management and equine. With strong agriculture roots that date back to the days when CSC started out in 1911 as the State Normal School, the new agriculture facilities continue what has been a strong range tradition, fitted to the High Plains.

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Temple Grandin is paying it forward in spades

Temple Grandin is paying it forward in spades

Joel Crews

Meat & Poultry

As I walked across the picturesque campus of Colorado State Univ. in Fort Collins, in late September, it became somewhat surreal that I was literally going to school with Dr. Temple Grandin. This was an environment I had never seen her in, and getting a glimpse of a typical day in her academic life was something I’ll not forget.

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Genetic technology’s next hurdle: commercial producers

Genetic technology’s next hurdle: commercial producers

Barbara Duckworth

Western Producer

Purebred cattle breeders have adopted genomic technology as a fast and effective way to improve their animals. The next step is making the technology practical for commercial beef producers, so they can make more money with more productive cattle.

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Making lemonade from lemons: Feeding poor quality roughage

Making lemonade from lemons: Feeding poor quality roughage

Eric Mousel

Farm and Ranch Guide

Although using poor quality roughage is a common practice and is really not that big of an issue for beef outfits, the point is that protein supplementation will be needed in most cases.

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