Daily Archives: February 15, 2017

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 signs spring can’t be far off

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 signs spring can’t be far off

FarmTalk

10. The first of 10,000 potentially yield-crushing diseases are hitchhiking up from Texas.

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Gestation Length: Calves Arrive Sooner Than They Used To

Gestation Length: Calves Arrive Sooner Than They Used To

Dr. Justin Rhinehart

University of Tennessee

What is the gestation length of a cow? This question usually gets the answer of “it averages 283 days.” A better answer is “it can range from about 265 to as much as 295 days.” For breeds that have focused on low birthweight genetics for several generations, the average gestation length has shortened. But, there are several other factors that can shorten or lengthen gestation notwithstanding genetics.

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Producers Should Focus on Improving Protein Nutrition

Producers Should Focus on Improving Protein Nutrition

Stephen B. Blezinger

Cattle Today

One of the most common topics discussed when feeding pasture and breeding cattle is protein. Producers are concerned with crude protein in their hays, pastures, supplements and so on. We regularly concern ourselves with 20 percent protein range cubes, 35 percent protein liquid feeds or 24 percent protein tub supplements.

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Keep Watch of Young Cows During Calving

Keep Watch of Young Cows During Calving

Taylor Grussing

Drovers

With snow filling road ditches across areas of the country this past month, preparing for calving season just got more difficult. Hopefully the barns are soon to be ready and you’re finding ways to stay warm between calf checks if you’ve started calving already.

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Raising Beef Isn’t Sustainable? It’s More Sustainable Than You Think

Raising Beef Isn’t Sustainable? It’s More Sustainable Than You Think

Factsaboutbeef.com

To the beef community, sustainability means balancing environmental responsibility, social diligence and economic opportunity while meeting the growing global demand for beef.  Improving the sustainability of beef is of the utmost importance to the cattlemen and women who are working to ensure the longevity of the industry and are committed to continually improve how beef is responsibly raised.

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Setting Posts in Frozen Ground

Setting Posts in Frozen Ground

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin

Occasionally a person needs to build or rebuild a permanent fence in the winter, and the biggest challenge is setting posts in frozen ground. If the frost is too deep to pound posts, one solution is to use a metal “post” to create a pilot hole.

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New DNA Panel Makes Heifer Sorting Easier

New DNA Panel Makes Heifer Sorting Easier

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Tommy Perkins believes a new tenderness panel for commercial Brangus herds will hit a home run with producers. It’s just one option among new DNA panels available now, and expected to play a major role in future replacement female selection.

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