Monthly Archives: March 2017

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 planting time considerations

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 planting time considerations


10. The stacked trait seed you bought tolerates a dozen different pests — but not escaped cows and the neighbor kid’s four-wheeler.

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Rangeland researchers advise smaller cows for better herd results

Rangeland researchers advise smaller cows for better herd results

Chris Branam

Progressive Cattleman

Ranchers running beef cattle on dry and dusty landscapes should consider smaller cows to get the best out of their herd.

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Spring Management After Mud Season

Spring Management After Mud Season

Greg Judy

On Pasture

Now that we made it through March mud month and into April, green grass is coming on. We all get anxious to turn the livestock out on the new spring grass. Ideally you should have some winter stockpiled grass left that you have not grazed yet.

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Preconditioned calf premiums still look good

Preconditioned calf premiums still look good

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

Annual preconditioned calf premiums in Oklahoma suggest the value of these specially primed cattle is at least tracking alongside calf prices. The average premium last fall for all the calves in the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network’s nine sales was $10.22 per hundredweight, which is about a dollar less than in 2015, and more than the years preceding the market high in 2014.

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Robust Market Demand Keeping Beef Prices on the Rise Despite Growing Production and Suppl

Robust Market Demand Keeping Beef Prices on the Rise Despite Growing Production and Supply

Oklahoma Farm Report

No doubt that improving beef demand is staring us right in the face, so says Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Dr. Glynn Tonsor. He told Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays that prices have continued to rise in the wholesale boxed beef market since February 1st of this year, while increased beef production has stayed the course feeding a growing supply.

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Culling your beef cow herd

Culling your beef cow herd

Phil Durst

Michigan State University

Just as wise selection of bulls or replacement heifers are primary ways to improve your beef cow-calf herd, selecting the cows to cull each year is also important as a way to improve your herd.

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Concrete in cattle yards: Five tips from ISU Extension

Concrete in cattle yards: Five tips from ISU Extension

Kris Kohl

Tri State Neighbor

March and April are often a nightmare in feedlots because of mud. Concrete put in the right place makes feeding cattle a pleasure during these months. Here are some tips for paving a cattle yard

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Cattle Industry to President Trump: Please Help Get U.S. Beef Back into China

Cattle Industry to President Trump: Please Help Get U.S. Beef Back into China

Northern AG

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today sent a coalition letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to raise the restoration of U.S. beef access to China when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April. Leaders from the U.S. Meat Export Federation and the North American Meat Institute also signed the letter.

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The bull sale mystique

The bull sale mystique

Troy Marshall

Beef Magazine

This time of year is bull sale season for the cattle industry. If you had the time or the inclination, you could go to a bull sale every day of the week, it seems. Admittedly, as a seedstock producer, I may be a little biased, but there is a certain amount of excitement that is hard to describe at a bull sale.

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Reputation Driven

Reputation Driven

Becky Mills

Angus Beef Bulletin

For Virginia cattle producers, progressive marketing of quality cattle is hardly a new practice. Their graded feeder-calf system has been in place since 1959, and they were pioneers when their Tel-O-Auction system came to be in 1982. Still, it was a bold move when the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service and Virginia Cattlemen’s Association (VCA) teamed up to offer the Virginia Quality Assured (VQA) program, a program that demands top management and genetic standards.

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Baxter Black, DVM: Grandpa’s Time

Baxter Black, DVM:  Grandpa’s Time

A friend and I were reminiscing about our old folks. Simple farmers. Life today is more complicated today, we observed, more stressful.

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Grass Tetany Prevention and Cures

Grass Tetany Prevention and Cures

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Most cattlemen look forward to warmer temperatures and spring grass.  As temperatures begin to warm, cool-season grasses and legumes begin a rapid growth phase resulting in the production of large amounts of lush, palatable, green pasture.  Unfortunately, early in the growing season, these forages are very high in moisture content and nutrients are diluted.

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Valuable Cattle Genetics Among Losses in Wildfires

Valuable Cattle Genetics Among Losses in Wildfires

Ashley Davenport

Bovine Veterinarian

When the wildfires tore through the southern Plains, they destroyed homes, some peoples’ livelihoods, and even genetics. Greg Gardiner, co-owner of the Gardiner Angus Ranch in Ashland, Kan., lost approximately 500 cattle in the blaze. The Gardiner family has been fine-tuning the genetic make-up of their Angus herd for years.

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Rangeland researchers urge smaller cows for better herd

Rangeland researchers urge smaller cows for better herd


That’s the recommendation of a recent interdisciplinary study involving rangeland researchers in Oregon, Wyoming and Oklahoma. Breeding smaller cattle could be a long-term strategy that will help ranchers and ease pressure on an increasingly drought-prone range, said Leticia Henderson, a livestock and range Extension agent at Oregon State University.

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Manage Molds and Mycotoxins for Optimal Rumen Function

Manage Molds and Mycotoxins for Optimal Rumen Function

Hay and Forage Grower

Mycotoxins can be the source of several important herd health problems ranging from reduced feed intake to suppressed immune response. With consequences like these, it pays for producers to manage — and prevent — mycotoxins before contaminated feed hits the bunk.

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Texas Panhandle Farmers’, Ranchers’ Losses Estimated Over $21 Million

Texas Panhandle Farmers’, Ranchers’ Losses Estimated Over $21 Million

Georgia Farm Bureau

Early reports from the Texas Panhandle paint a grim picture of what remains following three wildfires that scorched nearly half a million acres last week. The three fires-Lefors, Perryton and Dumas-caused at least $21 million in agricultural losses, according to early estimates from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. The estimate does not yet account for the loss of equipment in the fires.

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NDSU Extension Develops Grazing Management Tools

NDSU Extension Develops Grazing Management Tools

North Dakota State University

These tools can help producers determine carrying capacity and stocking rates. Setting a stocking rate is one of the most important decisions that ranchers or land managers make. The stocking rate is the number of specific kinds and classes of animals grazing or using a unit of land for a specific time period.

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Running on Empty? Lack of Energy in the Diet Will Cause Cattle Deaths

Running on Empty? Lack of Energy in the Diet Will Cause Cattle Deaths

Michelle Arnold

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

From a weather standpoint, the winter of 2016-17 has been a non-event. Record temperatures recorded in February and very little measureable snow throughout winter has been a welcome change from previous years. Despite this unexpected warmth, submissions at the UKVDL and telephone conversations with veterinarians and producers confirm many cattle are losing excessive body condition and some are dying of apparent malnutrition.

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Florida Farmer Believes Beef Consumption Is Thriving Despite Reported Decline

Florida Farmer Believes Beef Consumption Is Thriving Despite Reported Decline

Jessica Schein


Where’s the beef? According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, it is not on American consumer’s dinner tables. Americans consumed 19 percent less beef from 2005-2014, according to the NRDC’s new study, which resulted in the “biggest driver behind a 10 percent per capita decrease in diet-related climate pollution during the same time period.”

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Donnelly announces support for Perdue

Donnelly announces support for Perdue

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Ag News

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, a Democrat from Indiana and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, says he will support the nomination of Sonny Perdue to be the next Agriculture Secretary. Donnelly says he received commitments from Perdue at last week’s confirmation hearing that the USDA would continue to be a partner in economic development for rural communities, including providing access to broadband and expanding market opportunities for farmers.

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