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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Full House At MANCI’s Final Farm Auction

Full House At MANCI’s Final Farm Auction


"The prisons main goal was to get to a point to be able to sell seed stock and be a source of income for the prison. With that goal in mind we focused on building genetics," Bauer said.

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Improving ranch efficiency through record analysis

Improving ranch efficiency through record analysis

Doug Mayo


Cattle prices peaked at unprecedented levels in 2014, fell off a cliff in 2015, and took another steep nosedive in 2016.  When you look at Figure 1 below you can see that average prices for weaned steers have fallen sharply back to 2010 levels this fall.

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Warren Rusche is new SDSU Extension beef feedlot management associate

Warren Rusche is new SDSU Extension beef feedlot management associate

Farm Forum

Fourth generation Kingsbury County cattle producer, Warren Rusche sees growth opportunities for South Dakota cattle producers to feed beef cattle in state. As the new SDSU Extension beef feedlot management associate he hopes to help make this possible.

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BeefTalk: Effective Cropping Systems Reduce Winter Feed Costs

BeefTalk: Effective Cropping Systems Reduce Winter Feed Costs

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Grazing of crop rotational systems that include cover crops and crop residue is a managerial change that can decrease beef production costs. This change is further enhanced when calving time is shifted to when cool-season pasture grass is available, opening the doors to more extended grazing and less need for harvested forage. Implementation of these changes may take several seasons and, depending on location, several managerial options.

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The GIPSA Rules – USDA’s Answer to the Question Nobody Asked

The GIPSA Rules – USDA’s Answer to the Question Nobody Asked

Oklahoma Farm Report

Rumor has it US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has sent the infamous GIPSA rules to the Office of Management & Budget for assessment, a piece of policy that’s not been discussed since 2010. This is cause for considerable concern for ag trade groups like the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association who say this development was discovered through the grapevine; that no courtesy call was made to any opponents of these rules.

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The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD): What producers need to know about antimicrobial use in feed

The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD): What producers need to know about antimicrobial use in feed

A.J. Tarpoff

Southern Livestock

The use of antibiotics in feed for food producing animals has come under scrutiny over the past few years. The growing issues with bacteria developing resistance to medically important antibiotics in human medicine have been a major driver of these changes. The FDA has put the use of medically important antibiotics under the guidance of veterinarians.

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Corn silage needs protein for top gains

Corn silage needs protein for top gains

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

Corn silage is an energy-rich feedstuff, but lighter cattle can actually need added rumen undegradable protein.

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Tracking Feed Supplements

Tracking Feed Supplements

Sunup TV

Chris Richards talks about options for tracking feed supplements as livestock forages begin to go dormant.

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Beef’s red-headed stepchild

Beef’s red-headed stepchild

Erica Louder

Progressive Cattleman

Dairy feeder steers are the red-headed stepchild of the beef industry – at least that is what we like to call them. I learned that idiom from my dad. It is his favorite. You can use it to describe pretty much anything – a sore on your big toe, an ugly runt in a litter of puppies or, in our case, a few black and whites in a pasture of Angus genetics.

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Weaning Management, a Year in Advance

Weaning Management, a Year in Advance

Justin Sexten

CAB Partners

If the spring-born calves aren’t weaned yet, then the time isn’t far away now that fall is here. This month we’ll look at recent research from Philipe Moriel and others at North Carolina State University (NCSU) on the role of maternal nutrition in calf performance and health.

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Adding value to crops & cattle by backgrounding

Adding value to crops & cattle by backgrounding

Warren Rusche


Describing the current market prices for both cattle and feedstuffs as poor would be a colossal understatement; dismal would be closer to the truth. Although there is little that an individual producer can do to change market prices, feeding cheaper feeds to add value to calves may be an opportunity to improve the overall bottom line this year.

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The Road to Becoming a Professional Livestock Photographer

The Road to Becoming a Professional Livestock Photographer

Megan Hunker

Ohio State University

Snap, click. I am finally finished. Fatigue consumes my body. It’s been a day as long as the bumpy dirt road I drove along this morning to get here. All 50 head of sale cattle have come and gone, all striking their pose in my picture pen. All presented to a T. Not a hair out of place.

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Cattle Prices are Impacting Operation Decisions

Cattle Prices are Impacting Operation Decisions

Betsy Jibben


Cattle markets continue their turbulent prices over the past months as prices declined 12 to 13 percent for all classes of cattle. This week, however, the trend is different.

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