Daily Archives: April 19, 2017

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 etiquette guidelines for farmers

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 etiquette guidelines for farmers

FarmTalk

10. If you’re not going to fix your half of the property line fence, at least buy a decent bull.

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Mud, wet days can cause livestock stress

Mud, wet days can cause livestock stress

Benjamin Herrold

Iowa Farmer Today

Almost as surely as the sun rising in the East, farmers across the Midwest will have to deal with mud in the spring. Shawn Deering, a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist, says the mud and cold, wet conditions can be key issues for overall herd health.

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Evaluating feet and leg structure: A lost and important trait

Evaluating feet and leg structure: A lost and important trait

Cassidy Woolsey

Progressive Cattleman

Selection used to be entirely phenotypic. Everybody was an expert in structural evaluation and based decisions off what was seen by the naked eye. Then came performance testing and other genetic progresses, and the industry shifted to genomics as a large part of their selection.

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Pasture Rental Rates by County in the United States

Pasture Rental Rates by County in the United States

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

“Pasture lease rates” is one of the searches we see most often at On Pasture. We’ve published a lot of articles on how to determine rental rates and how to write up a lease agreement, etc. (just click to see them) but I’m guessing that many of you would still like to see a number to give you a starting point. Thanks to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, I’ve got that for you.

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Furry Critter Gathers Heifers

Furry Critter Gathers Heifers

Northern AG Net

If you are looking for a new ranch hand you may not have to look very far. In fact, you may just want to head down to the creek and see if your local water dwelling neighborhood beaver is around. Recently Saskatchewan rancher Adrienne Ivey was checking heifers when she and her husband discovered that their 150 heifers were following a beaver across their pasture. Talk about an easy way to move curious heifers!

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Weather-stressed Grass Sets Seed Instead of Leaf for Grazing Cattle

Weather-stressed Grass Sets Seed Instead of Leaf for Grazing Cattle

Duane Dailey

Drovers

In spring, lush green grass grows in pastures-except when odd weather hits. Herd owners should watch grass this spring to see if it meets livestock grazing needs. After a long spell of weather stress, pastures, especially of tall fescue, may set seed heads instead of leaves. Missouri pastures had two extreme-weather seasons, winter and spring.

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Parts of 5 Michigan Counties See Bovine Tuberculosis Risk

Parts of 5 Michigan Counties See Bovine Tuberculosis Risk

AgNewsFeed

State officials have designated parts of five Michigan counties as a “potential high risk area” for bovine tuberculosis. The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says it took the step after four free-ranging whitetail deer tested positive for the disease, which can be fatal for animals.

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