Daily Archives: December 12, 2016

Strategic Herd Reduction to Extend Limited Feed Resources

Strategic Herd Reduction to Extend Limited Feed Resources

Dr. Justin Rhinehart

University of Tennessee

During severe and prolonged drought, beef cattle producers have three basic choices for adjusting: purchase additional hay and/or feed, reduce cattle numbers or a combination of both. Locating additional feed can include buying hay, buying commercial feed, buying commodity feed, grazing crop residue, leasing more pasture or paying for custom grazing in locations with more forage.

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Producers seek new nutrient sources in time of low prices

Producers seek new nutrient sources in time of low prices

Nat Williams

Iowa Farmer Today

A steady rain fell as Tom Saxe checked on some cows in one of his fields recently. That has been the norm this year. Heavy rains across Illinois — especially in the southern part of the state — have helped produce copious amounts of hay. That’s good news for livestock producers who are looking for more affordable feed during a bear market for beef prices.

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Don’t Guess at Acronyms Used in Beef Cattle Business

Don’t Guess at Acronyms Used in Beef Cattle Business

Jane Parish, Ph.D

Cattle Today

Many acronyms are used in the beef cattle industry. Knowing exactly what they represent instead of guessing can be important. Here is a cheat sheet for beef cattle producers of some of the commonly used acronyms in the industry.

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Winter ration considerations for beef cows

Winter ration considerations for beef cows

Travis Meteer

University of Illinois

Feed costs represent over half the total cost in a cow-calf production system. The majority of feed costs are from feeding cows during the winter season when most grasses are dormant. As a result of this, producers can greatly impact the profitability by managing winter feed costs. This article will discuss and illustrate options for developing a least-cost ration on your farm.

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BeefTalk: Bull Selection and Understanding the Bullpen

BeefTalk: Bull Selection and Understanding the Bullpen

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Beef producers experience a sense of joy and calm while enjoying the moments of hanging out with their cattle and watching the stock grow and mature. In many respects, we are bonded to the livestock we raise. Fighting nature’s elements to properly care for the stock gives way to a feeling of euphoria when mingling with the herd.

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Cloning project at West Texas A&M University yields big results

Cloning project at West Texas A&M University yields big results

Cassidy Woolsey

Progressive Cattleman

It all began six years ago, with two “one in a million” carcasses, one late-night call and a whole lot of questions. In 2010, West Texas A&M University’s Ty Lawrence was finishing up a routine evaluation at a local meat packing plant when he came across two very rare, Prime, Yield Grade 1 carcasses.

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Minnesota Junior Cattlemen’s Association

Minnesota Junior Cattlemen’s Association

Mark Dorenkamp

Brownfield Ag News

The Minnesota Junior Cattlemen’s Association is working alongside the State Association to bridge the gap between producers and consumers. Karlie Breitkruetz of Redwood Falls, president of the Junior Association, says it’s important for the next generation to speak up on behalf of the industry.

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Cattle connection for Ohio, Israel

Cattle connection for Ohio, Israel

Times Gazette

If all goes according to plan, generations of cattle in Israel will retain a lifelong connection to the Buckeye State. In November, Darke County native Larry Baker, director of the Ohio Livestock and Genetics Export Council, took a trip to Israel, accompanied by Dr. Emily “Em” Mowrer, veterinarian and owner of Stonehouse Veterinary Service, to oversee the implantation of beef cattle embryos, purchased from Ohio cattle producers and others, into indigenous livestock.

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Too much rain can impact forage quality.

Too much rain can impact forage quality.

Nebraska Farmer

Severe flooding last summer impacted much of western Wisconsin, home to a large amount of the state’s beef cattle. Rain events were so intense that Gov. Scott Walker declared 12 counties in the state agriculture disaster areas. Standing water impeded harvest and limited pasture usage for grazing operations

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Cattle Ranchers in the Cold

Cattle Ranchers in the Cold

Malique Rankin


Most of us avoid going outdoors when the temperatures drop below zero.

For some jobs, it just doesn’t matter how cold it is. We headed out to a farm in Saint Anthony to talk to a rancher braving the cold for yet another North Dakota Winter.

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