Daily Archives: April 26, 2017

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 difficulties exclusive to farm women

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 difficulties exclusive to farm women


10. Preg-checking cows and, voila, no wedding ring.

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Reaching out to retailers

Reaching out to retailers

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

What would you like the people who run grocery stores to know about you and your efforts to produce safe, wholesome beef? Here’s your chance to start the conversation.

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Cautions using cover crops for cattle production

Cautions using cover crops for cattle production

Jaymelynn Farney

Progressive Cattleman

Cover crops are a tool that can provide dual benefits – soil management and cattle feed – however, not all cover crops are suitable as a forage crop for cattle. Some of the commonly used cover crops are poisonous to cattle, some have manageable metabolic issues and some are considered very safe for cattle.

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Regain Genetic Parasite Resistance – On Pasture

Regain Genetic Parasite Resistance – On Pasture

Chip Hines

On Pasture

What is the first line of defense when parasites attack livestock? A drug (chemical) is immediately purchased and applied to the animal. Does it work? Yes, it usually does. For how long? Days, weeks, months, rarely more than one year and then the predators return. Or does the chemical become ineffective after several years of use? What now?

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Rehydration is the first step in helping calves with scours.

Rehydration is the first step in helping calves with scours.

North Dakota State University

Cattle producers should monitor their newborn calves for scours, or calf diarrhea, North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock experts advise. “Calves running, nursing and sleeping are signs of healthy calves,” says Karl Hoppe, Extension’s area livestock systems specialist at the Carrington Research Extension Center. “A calf that isn’t joining the herd is a sure sign that something isn’t right.”

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Plan now for corn silage success – Part 2

Plan now for corn silage success – Part 2

Jim Isleib

Michigan State University

As with all commercial crops, a good soil testing program is the backbone for development of a good crop nutrition program. Take time to collect a good, representative sample from sampling sites based on topography, soil type and past management, and submit to a reputable soil testing lab.

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Do you use grazing contracts for cattle?

Do you use grazing contracts for cattle?

Wallace’s Farmer

It can be difficult for landowners and beef producers to establish a fair-market value for pasture and standing forages. Establishing that value, however, can make the difference between profit and loss for a cattle operation in a given year.

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