Daily Archives: December 7, 2016

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 things farmers snicker about regarding the newbie urban farmer in the neighborhood

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 things farmers snicker about regarding the newbie urban farmer in the neighborhood

FarmTalk

10. His ‘distressed’ jeans came that way from the store.

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Cattle Industry Has Great Expectations for the Next Generation of Genomically Enhanced EPDs

Cattle Industry Has Great Expectations for the Next Generation of Genomically Enhanced EPDs

Oklahoma Farm Report

Expected Progeny Differences or, EPDs, have been around for years. More recently, producers have been turning to genomically enhanced EPDs for their increased accuracy, when looking at what bulls to add to their herds.

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Preparation for calving and rebreeding should occur simultaneously.

Preparation for calving and rebreeding should occur simultaneously.

Chad Zehnder

Beef Producer

Which comes first, calving or rebreeding? You might put all of your eggs in the calving “basket,” since a live, healthy calf is often first priority. But a calf is ultimately the result of a successful breeding period, and preparation for calving and rebreeding should occur simultaneously.

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Daily observation is key in animal health and wellbeing

Daily observation is key in animal health and wellbeing

Katie Ockert

Michigan State University

One of the most overlooked practices among animal owners is daily observation. Daily observation will help owners properly monitor their animal’s health and wellbeing. We often get caught up in the routine of making sure our animals have feed and water and forget to examine some other equally important things that are happening in our barns.

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5 prerequisites for farm business succession

5 prerequisites for farm business succession

Sydney Sleep

The Cattle Business Weekly

John Baker, keynote speaker at the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Symposium held at South Dakota State University recently, gave insight into how to prepare a family operation for a successful transition from one generation to the next.  The attorney for Iowa Concern Hotline, Baker has extensive experience with farm transition. He created AgLink, a project linking farmers and landowners with beginning farmers, and is a founder and current chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Farm Transition Network.

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Proper bull selection can increase return on investment

Proper bull selection can increase return on investment

Robert Wells

Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

The past few years have seen a dramatic downturn in calf prices from historic highs to the lowest prices in four or five years. Unfortunately, some input prices are slow to come down while other inputs still remain high; thus causing a strain on budgets. This has greatly reduced the net profit of most cattle raisers. There is a desire and justifiable need by producers to reduce costs proportionally with the reduced calf prices to remain economically viable in the next few years until prices improve again.

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Winter Tetany In Beef Cattle

Winter Tetany In Beef Cattle

Aaron Berger

University of Nebraska

Grass tetany is considered a problem that usually occurs when cattle or sheep are eating lush, spring grass or annual cereal forages such as rye, wheat or triticale; but, it can also occur when cattle are being fed harvested forages.

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