Vyhnalek: Quicken helps farmers track finances
Quicken’s checkbook register makes for a familiar environment to begin computerized record-keeping. Quicken comes with home and general business income and expense categories, but educators will show how to easily import farm categories to match the tax Schedule F.
When is the best time to castrate?
As producers anticipate a new calf crop, they continue to consider the needs of their livestock. This includes castration of bull calves. So when is the best time to castrate? Grant Dewell from Iowa State University states, "The earlier, the better." W. Mark Hilton of Elanco Animal Health says, "Ideally, castration happens shortly after birth."
Avoid Unpleasant Surprises, Monitor Bull and Estrous Activity During the Breeding Season
Over the winter, I’ve had several discussions with extension agents and producers trying to sort out what went wrong last summer during breeding season. Although the ‘wreck’ happened last spring or summer, the high percentage of open cows wasn’t discovered until preg check or, worse yet, calving. Accurate diagnosis of the problem is difficult at this stage but the circumstances give us pause to consider our production system and the critical control points.
Online Cattle Genomes Reveal Disease Mutations
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Clay Center, Nebraska, have sequenced the whole genomes of a panel of 96 bulls—representing 19 U.S. cattle breeds—and made the data accessible online. The result is a searchable and publicly viewable genomics resource of a broad cross section of U.S. beef cattle that will make it easier for scientists to identify genes associated with traits that are important to breeders and ranchers. The 19 breeds include Angus, Hereford, Brangus, Brahman, and Texas Longhorn.
Directing nature? Gene editing offers big potential
You can poll naturally horned cattle, beef up light muscling and all the rest. But it takes next to forever when you have to wait for the right genetic mutation to come along, in a genetic package worth propagating.
Growing and Grazing Annual Forages
University of Nebraska
Over the last few years, an increasing number of producers have become interested in planting and grazing annual forages on dryland or irrigated crop acres.
Midwest fires claim 7, exceed 1 million acres
Abundant dry grass coupled with windy conditions mingled to create deadly and disastrous results as wildfires spread through the Midwestern states of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado. The amount of acreage burned easily exceeded 1 million acres.
Too Late for Frost Seeding?
University of Illinois
The first week of March is traditionally when many in central and northern Illinois are frost seeding clover. However, this year has brought a dry, mild winter and the grass as even started to green up. It feels like spring, and the plants feel it too.
Young Ohio cattleman jumped into the beef industry
Farm and Dairy
It’s a big leap from Lake County 4-H’er to full-time cattleman, but J.L. Draganic dove right in. When he joined his aunt and uncle’s farm in southwest Ohio in 2008, he admits, “I didn’t know a lot about cattle.” “The most education I got on cattle was when we started running cows in 2009.”
Take advantage of AI technology
Dr. Bob Hough
Western Livestock Journal
Artificial insemination (AI) is one of the most underutilized technologies in the industry by commercial cow/calf producers. It is the fastest way to improve a herd genetically, using superior sires that a commercial producer could not otherwise afford to purchase for natural service.