Daily Archives: February 7, 2017



This lady cornered me at a party a while back and asked me what it meant when her cat started tearing big chunks outa the carpet, sharpened his claws on the Lazy Boy and all the hair fell off his tail. I said, “Ma’am, it means it’s time to git a new cat!”

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Forage Feeding Losses Can Add Up

Forage Feeding Losses Can Add Up

Rick Rasby

Hereford World

Forage feeding losses can be as high as 25 to 45% of the forage delivered to the cow herd. Livestock trample, over-consume, foul on and use for bedding 25 to 45% of the hay when it is fed with no restrictions or is not processed.

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Stocking Rates: The First Step to Stewardship

Stocking Rates: The First Step to Stewardship

The Cattleman

Gilda V. Bryant

Sometimes it is difficult for a rancher to get a handle on stocking rates, and that may lead to overgrazing. Fortunately, cattlemen can use proven management and stewardship strategies to protect their rangelands and pastures. The Texas Grazing Lands Coalition (GLC) (grazinglands.org) is a non-profit organization that promotes good stewardship of grazing lands. Jenny Pluhar, executive director, says, “We have 10 grazing specialists across Texas to assist ranchers and grazers, funded with dedicated money from Grazing Lands Coalition through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). We also provide programming and information to a wide variety of other organizations, such as Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) and Texas Farm Bureau.”

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Calving Ease May Not Always Mean What You Think

Calving Ease May Not Always Mean What You Think

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

The term "calving ease" is often thrown around without a full understanding of what it really means. This is complicated by the fact that different breeds have slightly different names for similar traits.

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Freezing Cows Die from Fescue Foot; No Known Cure, but Prevention Work

Freezing Cows Die from Fescue Foot; No Known Cure, but Prevention Work

Duane Dailey


Reports of "fescue foot" causing loss of cows are coming in, says Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. In severe cold weather, cows eating toxic fescue, a widely used pasture grass, suffer frozen feet with lost hooves. In one case a Missouri a producer lost five cows out of a herd of 30. Other cases, less severe, are being reported.

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Producer support of Beef Checkoff softens

Producer support of Beef Checkoff softens

Morning AG Clips

An independent survey of producers found 69 percent continue to approve of the Beef Checkoff Program. Importantly, the more producers know about the program, the more supportive they are. The survey also found that producers are generally more optimistic about the cattle industry than they were a year ago.

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SCOTUS and WOTUS and #CattleCon17

SCOTUS and WOTUS and #CattleCon17

Ag Wired

Scott Yager is the environmental counsel for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Jamie Johansen had the opportunity to talk with him at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. There are many opportunities with the new administration, Yager told Jamie. This is a time for the NCBA to find out what it’s members are looking for because now we have the chance to not only withdraw burdensome regulations, but also set programs in place that will benefit our nation long into the future.

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Minnesota cow/calf farm recognized for animal welfare efforts

Minnesota cow/calf farm recognized for animal welfare efforts

Mark Dorenkamp

Brownfield AG Network

A west-central Minnesota family has received national recognition for its animal welfare practices. Wulf Cattle Company of Morris was one of three farms honored with the National Beef Quality Assurance Award (BQA) during the Cattle Convention in Nashville last week.

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Cattle industry ‘very concerned’ about Trump’s pledge to renegotiate NAFTA

Cattle industry ‘very concerned’ about Trump’s pledge to renegotiate NAFTA

Lydia Mulvany

Southwest Farm Press

The largest U.S. cattle trade group said it’s “very concerned” about President Donald Trump’s pledge to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which calls into question whether the industry will continue to enjoy its current level of market access in Mexico and Canada.

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Herr Angus Farm beef now being marketed to top butchers and restaurants

Herr Angus Farm beef now being marketed to top butchers and restaurants

Steven Hoffman

Chester County Press

On the Herr Angus Farms in Nottingham, the cattle are raised on carefully balanced diets that are monitored and adjusted by specialized nutritionists. The cattle receive the best veterinary treatment possible, and they are lovingly cared for day to day by Dennis Byrne, the farm manager who has made breeding, showing, and caring for Angus cattle his life’s work. The cattle are treated with respect, always.

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