Daily Archives: March 10, 2017

An integrated crop and livestock system can make a difference in the bottom line.

An integrated crop and livestock system can make a difference in the bottom line.

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist,  NDSU Extension Service

Two bottom-line numbers illustrate the positive outcome of a choice The Dickinson Research Extension Center’s steer calves born in May 2015 weighed 25.6 tons late in the fall of 2015. The center overwintered the steers, put them on summer grass and transferred 51.2 tons of beef to the feedlot late in the fall of 2016.

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Mid-Sized Feedlots Exit the Industry

Mid-Sized Feedlots Exit the Industry

Katelyn McCullock

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Smaller sized feedlots did increase capacity adding 2,000 lots (locations) compared to 2015 and increasing the number of head marketed during 2016 by just over 200,000 head year-over-year. This relatively large increase in small feedlots is driven by cheap feed, but is unlikely going to be a long term trend.

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Trace minerals, supporting the immune system

Trace minerals, supporting the immune system

Peter Scharpe

Minnesota Farm Guide

For years, livestock producers have relied on readily available antibiotics to feed their animals for the treatment and prevention of disease. They were a necessary tool to maintain animal health. With the introduction of the Veterinary Feed Directive, antibiotics are not nearly as available to farmers as they were one year ago and producers are looking at other feed additives as a replacement to promote health.

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Certified Angus Beef Study Shows Marbling Still Matters

Certified Angus Beef Study Shows Marbling Still Matters

Cattle Today

Just missed it. Just missing a flight, a deadline for a major rebate, or watching your child’s winning shot at a ball game. The feeling is much the same.

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Need Spring Pasture? Try Oats

Need Spring Pasture? Try Oats

Daren Redfearn, Mary Drewnoski, and Jay Parsons

University of Nebraska

If you did not plant winter, annual small grains for spring forage in the fall last year, there are not many opportunities remaining to produce forage for grazing or hay. The last remaining option to consider is spring-planted oats. Oats can be planted in early spring for pasture or hay.

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Lice in cattle a problem in winter 2017

Lice in cattle a problem in winter 2017

Farm and Ranch Guide

Many North Dakota ranchers are faced with a continual lice infestation in their herd this winter, even though they have treated their cattle. “Some have even treated more than once and are still seeing the effects of lice in their livestock,” says Ashley Ueckert, a North Dakota State University Extension Service agent in Golden Valley County.

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Groups Call on Congress to Boost Funding for Ag Trade Programs in Farm Bill

Groups Call on Congress to Boost Funding for Ag Trade Programs in Farm Bill

Chris Clayton

DTN

As they lament the loss of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, leaders of major commodity organizations are demanding Congress increase funding for two relatively obscure trade programs in the farm bill.

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Soil That Looks Like Cottage Cheese – It’s a Good Thing

Soil That Looks Like Cottage Cheese – It’s a Good Thing

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Gabe Brown is known for the work he’s done improving his soils, and with it, his farm’s profitability. He quit tilling back in 1993, turning instead to no-till, cover crops, and crop rotation. Here he’ll show you what his soil looks like after 20 years of caring for his land this way. The result is soil that looks like “cottage cheese.”

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Evaluate Fire-Related Injuries, Disease

Evaluate Fire-Related Injuries, Disease

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

For cattle exposed to fire and smoke, health issues can range from acute burns and smoke inhalation requiring immediate treatment to more subtle, chronic or indirect threats that can present long-term challenges.

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Industry Has High Expectations for Integrity Beef Project to Improve and Strengthen Relationships

Industry Has High Expectations for Integrity Beef Project to Improve and Strengthen Relationships

Oklahoma Farm Report

Several years ago the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation created the Integrity Beef Alliance among the different players of the beef supply chain. Today, that group has grown into its own nonprofit organization and has launched recently a two-year pilot project that will follow beef cattle from the cow/calf operation, through the feeder and packing phases and eventually the end consumer with Tyson and McDonald’s.

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