Daily Archives: November 1, 2016

Don’t Judge Hay by the Bale

Don’t Judge Hay by the Bale

Samantha Athey

FarmTalk

The bales may look good from the outside, specialist says, but the contents may be full of weed disasters.

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Many Helpful Phone APPS are Available to Cattle Producers

Many Helpful Phone APPS are Available to Cattle Producers

Dr. Brandi Bourg Karisch

Cattle Today

There are an amazing variety of applications better known as apps available for beef producers. A wide range of apps are available on these devices. There are apps for monitoring weather conditions, market conditions, herd management, record keeping, functional app such as flashlights, and even apps that allows for keeping track of employee work hours.

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Implants Can be Free Money or a Lost Opportunity

Implants Can be Free Money or a Lost Opportunity

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

Brothers Johnny and Thomas McCarthy are convinced they get a whopping return on their investment by implanting nursing calves with a growth stimulant. Eric Elsner, on the other hand, is completely convinced his cattle bring top dollar when he markets them as natural beef. What’s great is that all three men are right.

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Missouri Livestock Symposium to be held in Kirksville December 2 and 3rd

Missouri Livestock Symposium to be held in Kirksville December 2 and 3rd

KTTN

According to Garry L. Mathes, chair of the 2016 Missouri Livestock Symposium, this year’s beef cattle section is intended to help producers economically plan for the future and learn the latest technological advancements in cattle production.

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5 tips to keep your cows in good condition this winter

5 tips to keep your cows in good condition this winter

Beef Magazine

Match animal nutrition requirements to the quality of your forage. Heifers and thin cows require a more energy-dense diet, compared to older or fleshy cows. Sorting animals into groups based on body condition allows you to feed the available forage more effectively. Start by targeting your higher quality, more immature forages toward heifers and thin cows.

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Beef Segmentation

Beef Segmentation

Hannah Johlman

Angus Beef Bulletin

When cattle prices erratically head lower, it’s easy to take issue with reports of higher packer margins or retail beef prices that still seem relatively high.

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Veteran retires to raise cattle

Veteran retires to raise cattle

Sheila Mccoy

Morrison County Record

Growing up on a dairy and beef farm, Pete Berscheit of Grey Eagle knew from a young age that he wanted to have his own beef herd one day.

“I just really liked beef cows,” he said.

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Deep South drought kills crops, threatens herds, dries lakes

Deep South drought kills crops, threatens herds, dries lakes

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Six months into a deepening drought, the weather is killing crops, threatening cattle and sinking lakes to their lowest levels in years across much of the South. The very worst conditions — what forecasters call "exceptional drought" — are in the mountains of northeast Alabama and northwest Georgia, a region known for its thick green forests, waterfalls and red clay soil.

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Rations Tip for Starting Early Weaned Calves

Rations Tip for Starting Early Weaned Calves

Julie Walker

iGrow

Dry conditions have encouraged some producers to wean earlier than normal (6 to 7 months). Research has shown that these calves can perform as well or better than calves still nursing. Pasture quality has a key influence on performance of nursing calves. However, under “normal” conditions daily gain of nursing calves during the period is usually 2.1 to 2.3 pounds.

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TB confirmed in Michigan’s Thumb

TB confirmed in Michigan’s Thumb

Nicole Heslip

Brownfield Network

The Michigan Department of Agriculture has confirmed a two year old steer from Huron County positive for bovine tuberculosis (TB) after inspection during processing.

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