Daily Archives: March 22, 2017

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 farm sale bill items sure to draw a crowd

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 farm sale bill items sure to draw a crowd

FarmTalk

10.  Used tillage equipment of unknown origin — bring chain saw.

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The Silver Bullet of Parasite Control in Small Ruminants

The Silver Bullet of Parasite Control in Small Ruminants

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

I manage a 60-ewe sheep flock at Heifer Project International’s Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas. About 10 years ago, we started looking at alternative methods of controlling gastrointestinal parasites in sheep. We tried garlic juice, papaya seeds, pumpkin seeds, an herbal dewormer, grazing chicory, grazing sun hemp, and intensive rotational grazing.

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Shane Bedwell Believes the Modern Day Showring and Genomic Selection Tools Can and Do Intersect in a Positive Way

Shane Bedwell Believes the Modern Day Showring and Genomic Selection Tools Can and Do Intersect in a Positive Way

Oklahoma Farm Report

Shane Bedwell is one of the leading beef cattle show judges in the country- and has sorted through animals at major shows like Denver, Ft. Worth, San Antonio and over the last two years- the market steer show at the Oklahoma Youth Expo.

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Is the brucellosis vaccination still a good idea?

Is the brucellosis vaccination still a good idea?

Russ Daly

Farm Forum

Imagine 10 percent of the nation’s beef and dairy cattle herd infected with a contagious disease causing pregnancy loss and reproductive failure. What’s more, that same contagious disease makes people sick, sometimes with long-term repercussions. This was the situation in the mid-1930’s with brucellosis, a bacterial reproductive disease of cattle.

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Trump Budget Plan Cuts USDA Food, Rural Water Funding

Trump Budget Plan Cuts USDA Food, Rural Water Funding

P.J. Huffstutter and Jo Winterbottom

Drovers

President Donald Trump has proposed halting funding for rural clean water initiatives and reducing county-level staff, for a 21 percent drop in discretionary spending at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to a White House budget document.

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Never too early to think cover crops

Never too early to think cover crops

Nicole Heslip

Brownfield AG News

A cover crop specialist says it’s best for farmers to make cover crop planting decisions early in the growing season. “If you have been contemplating cover crops, it’s never too early to start thinking about it, start reaching, you can use our tools to dive deeper into cover crops.”

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Don’t Let Cows Fall Victim to the Spring Nutrient Gap

Don’t Let Cows Fall Victim to the Spring Nutrient Gap

Purina Animal Nutrition

Fresh green grass is a welcome sight come spring. However, early spring grass with limited growth or volume should be approached with caution when it’s used as the sole source of nutrition for recently calved cows.

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Lush pasture is not all good

Lush pasture is not all good

Hay and Forage Grower

After a winter of snow, mud, feed supplements, and moving bales in subzero weather, opening the gate to spring pastures is a welcome transition for both cattleman and cow.

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A calf’s future is shaped in 60 days

A calf’s future is shaped in 60 days

Cassidy Woolsey

Progressive Cattlemen

“A calf’s highest genomic potential is the day they are born, and then we start to screw it up,” said Vic Cortese, a veterinarian and director of cattle and equine immunology for Zoetis. “It starts with you at the cow-calf.”

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Fair Practices Rule a Miscue for Beef

Fair Practices Rule a Miscue for Beef

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Imagine that all beef calves are exactly the same. There are no incentives for better carcass quality. No reasons to precondition. No specialty programs for people who want grassfed or natural beef products.

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