Monthly Archives: April 2017

BeefTalk: Why Did the Calf Die?

BeefTalk: Why Did the Calf Die?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

A good goal for calving success is to have 97 percent of all calves that are born walk into the weaning pens this fall. This can be achieved, although not easily, through appropriate management, working with the environment and a good interaction with industry professionals, including an appropriate health, nutrition and genetic program.

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Does the Heritage Foundation Hate American Farmers?

Does the Heritage Foundation Hate American Farmers?

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

The Heritage Foundation is cranking up its anti-American agriculture propaganda machine in an effort to destroy what remains of the farm safety net just as Congress begins the process of writing the next farm bill.

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The good and bad of new executive order for agriculture

The good and bad of new executive order for agriculture

Logan Hawkes

Southwest Farm Press

Nearly three and half months after his inauguration, President Trump has signed an executive order targeting agricultural issues that seems to indicate major concerns facing the industry may finally be addressed by the White House in the near future.

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Baleage Mistakes Can Lead to Major Health Consequences

Baleage Mistakes Can Lead to Major Health Consequences

Michelle Arnold, DVM

Baleage or “wet wrapped hay” is simply forage of a relatively high moisture content that is baled with a round baler and then sealed in a plastic bag or wrapped in plastic, to keep oxygen out. Anaerobic bacteria (those that live without air) convert sugars in the forage to lactic acid which in turn lowers the pH and preserves the forage as silage, with full fermentation completed within 6-8 weeks.

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Rancher puts $5,000 on calf killer

Rancher puts $5,000 on calf killer

Dylan Darling

The Register Guard

Wanted: a cattle killer and beef thief on the southern Ore­gon Coast. An unknown person or persons shot two yearling beef calves in a pasture along Highway 101 earlier this month, according to the Oregon State Police. The shooter killed one of the calves, which was then cut up — or field dressed — and its meat taken from the ranch, police said Tuesday. The other calf was wounded but not killed, police said.

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Cargill is selling two cattle feedlots, exiting that portion of the beef industry

Cargill is selling two cattle feedlots, exiting that portion of the beef industry

Kristen Leigh Painter

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cargill Inc. is selling its two remaining cattle feedlots in Kansas and Colorado, marking the company’s complete exit from this aspect of the beef industry.

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Beef cattle reminders for spring

Beef cattle reminders for spring

Brandon Sears

Richmond Register

Prevent grass tetany! Provide magnesium in the mineral mix until daytime temperatures are consistently above 60 degrees. Mineral supplement should be available at all times and contain a minimum of about 14 percent magnesium.

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MSU Extension offers Advanced Genetic Technology in Beef Cattle lectureship May 8-9

MSU Extension offers Advanced Genetic Technology in Beef Cattle lectureship May 8-9

Montana State University

The lectureship will not only strengthen the foundational understanding of genetic principles among attendees, but will build on them to enable attendees to apply advanced genetic technologies in the real world of seedstock and commercial cattle production, according to Rachel Endecott, MSU Extension beef cattle specialist.

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I’m a Reformed Antibiotics Abuser

I’m a Reformed Antibiotics Abuser

Buzzard’s Beat

I told you those stories so you understand how seriously I regard antibiotic use in livestock. I never want an animal to suffer, just as how I don’t want my daughter to suffer. So when I say that I am treating our cattle judiciously and paying attention to withdrawal times and dosage instruction, you can take that to the bank.

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Beat the Buzz

Beat the Buzz

Kayla Jentz

Angus Beef Bulletin

Knock out horn flies with a fly-control plan that will last all season long. Did you know that just a few adult flies can quickly populate to 4,000 flies or more per animal? Pesky horn flies can become prolific in spring. However, early-season planning can help keep fly populations under control all season long.

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Supplements help cattle producers meet herd nutritional needs

Supplements help cattle producers meet herd nutritional needs

Ryan Crossingham

Farm and Ranch Guide

Cattle producers are in a constant search for ways to take the best care of their animals and making shrewd investments in their herd health protocols. Supplemental programs, such as Gain Smart Balancer, play an important role in meeting herd nutritional needs.

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Distiller’s Dried Grains success story

Distiller’s Dried Grains success story

Agri View

Selling 50 metric tons of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles may seem minor, but Javier Chávez, U.S. Grains Council Mexico marketing specialist, views those small sales to cattle and dairy producers in southeastern Mexico as the start of another big opportunity for U.S. feed grains.

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Answering Tough Questions: Cattle growth hormones in drinking water?

Answering Tough Questions: Cattle growth hormones in drinking water?

Beef Research

Ashley Broocks. Emily Andreini, Megan Rolf and Sara Place

Hormones are naturally produced by the endocrine system of humans and other animals, and regulate growth, development, and reproductive processes. Plants also produce hormones, or plant regulators, which are chemical substances that influence growth and specify cell function.

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Beef cattle implants: Facts, safety, economics & sustainability

Beef cattle implants: Facts, safety, economics & sustainability

Kevin Gould

Michigan State University

Cattle produces have utilized all forms of technology to increase production and reduce costs. Most producers are very good at what they do, yet several still aren’t using the highest return on investment technology available in the industry, beef cattle implants.

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Tapping genetic tools – Cattle Business Weekly

Tapping genetic tools – Cattle Business Weekly

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

With the availability of more dependable genetic information for a broader range of traits, cow-calf producers have the tools to make more informed selection decisions that influence cattle productivity and profit.

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How do we build trust with our urban customers?

How do we build trust with our urban customers?

Anne Burkholder

Feedyard  Foodie

I often receive this question when visiting with farmers or groups of students that plan to make agriculture their choice of career. I think that deep down everyone realizes the true answer, and yet there is always that same look of hope in their eyes as they wait for my response.

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Cow Nutrition: Calving to Breeding

Cow Nutrition: Calving to Breeding

Ken Olson

American Cattleman

Calving season has already started for some producers, and will be starting for most others in the near future. Nutritional management of the cow herd is more important during the periods of late pregnancy and early lactation than any other. It has a huge impact on the performance of both the cow and the newborn calf. Nutrition for the cow is important during this period because of its effect on subsequent reproductive performance.

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EXECUTIVE ORDER:  Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America

EXECUTIVE ORDER:  Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America

Ag News Feed

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to ensure the informed exercise of regulatory authority that affects agriculture and rural communities, it is hereby ordered as follows:

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Effective Management of the Breeding Season

Effective Management of the Breeding Season

John F. Grimes

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

For spring-calving beef herds, the breeding season is currently or soon will be underway.  Many decisions have already been made in terms of the genetic makeup of the 2018 calf crop.  Natural herd sires or sires to be used through artificial insemination have been selected.  Mature cows have been retained and replacement heifers have been introduced to the breeding herd.

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Milk EPDs: Do higher milking cows equal a higher profit?

Milk EPDs: Do higher milking cows equal a higher profit?

Marci Whitehurst

Progressive Cattleman

Is bigger always better? Maybe you’ve heard, "The larger the calf, the larger the profit." One factor producers consider is milk EPDs to secure a higher weaning weight. It may seem the more milk a cow produces, the bigger her calf, thus a larger profit. However, whether this is true depends on several factors.

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