Daily Archives: December 14, 2016

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 absolutely unverifiable statistics regarding farmers and Christmas

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 absolutely unverifiable statistics regarding farmers and Christmas

10.  57 percent of farmers have given their wives jumper cables for Christmas at least twice in the past five years.

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Which comes first, calving or rebreeding?

Which comes first, calving or rebreeding?

Progressive Cattleman

You’ve heard the dilemma, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” A similar dilemma plays out in the cattle industry each year as we start preparing for calving season.

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EPDs Provide the Most Accurate Selection Method

EPDs Provide the Most Accurate Selection Method

Dr. Lisa Kriese-Anderson

Cattle Today

Selecting beef cattle based on expected progeny difference (EPD) values provides the most accurate selection method currently available to beef producers for economically important traits. EPD values predict on average how future progeny of each animal are expected to perform relative to the progeny of other animals. It cannot be over emphasized that EPD values must be combined with visual appraisal for structural correctness, muscling and overall eye appeal when making herd selection decisions.

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Variety of experiences helps Oklahoma Cattlemen’s president

Variety of experiences helps Oklahoma Cattlemen’s president

Chad Smith

Midwest Producer

Charles Swanson has been in the beef cattle business as long as he can remember. Born and raised on a cattle ranch in Roosevelt, Okla., he said the cattle business gets “in your blood,” and doesn’t ever go away.

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Benefits of rumen specific live yeast

Benefits of rumen specific live yeast

FG Insight

Brian Rutherford has learned a lot about rearing calves and finishing fat cattle over his 50 years in the business, and believes big improvements have been made since the early days, by both his calf suppliers and on his own 198-hectare (490- acre) family farm.

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BVD robs profits from cow-calf operators

BVD robs profits from cow-calf operators

The Eagle

Many cattle producers consider BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhea) as a stocker or feeder calf problem because of sickness and death the disease causes in young cattle. They fail to realize, however, that the virus can take a huge bite out of calving percentages. It commonly causes infertility, abortion or stillbirth in susceptible cows and heifers.

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He no longer wraps hay as a last resort

He no longer wraps hay as a last resort

Mike Rankin

Hany and Forage Grower

“Our failure rate was just too high,” said Dan Funke to those in attendance at the California Alfalfa & Forage Symposium in Reno, Nev. The veteran Larchwood, Iowa, haymaker was referring to his ability to produce high-quality hay bales that were dry enough for long-term storage and high enough quality for his dairy clientele.

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Livestock and Global Warming

Livestock and Global Warming

Facts about Beef

According to previous research conducted by Capper, it takes 226 more days for grass-finished cattle to reach market weight than grain-finished cattle. More days on grass may mean greater environmental impact.

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Proper winter supplemental feeding can optimize future breeding

Proper winter supplemental feeding can optimize future breeding

My Plainview

Getting or keeping cows in proper body condition throughout the winter can optimize pregnancy rates the following season, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Jason Banta, beef cattle specialist, Overton, said cows with proper body condition scores at calving are more likely to breed back and produce healthy calves in the future. Proper nutrition and supplementation are two keys to keeping cows in good shape.

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U.S. magistrate sides with independent beef producers

U.S. magistrate sides with independent beef producers

Andrew Flinn

Brownfield Ag News

A U.S. magistrate judge has sided with R-CALF USA in a lawsuit to prevent spending beef checkoff dollars on activities the group disagrees with.

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