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

FarmTalk

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

Full Story

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.

Full Story

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.

Full Story

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?

Full Story

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.”

Full Story

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.

Full Story

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.

Full Story

Is your herd getting the right minerals?

Is your herd getting the right minerals?

Tri State Neighbor

Cattle producers can learn about improving mineral nutrition for their herd at a program hosted by SDSU Extension May 23 at the Cottonwood Range and Livestock Field Station. Producers will learn how to monitor mineral consumption through the summer and determine if their cattle are getting the right amount.

Full Story

Mitigating Challenges of Lush Spring Grass

Mitigating Challenges of Lush Spring Grass

AG News Feed

During the winter season most cattle are supplemented with dry forages, grains, and co-products. This ration is balanced and delivered to cattle. Then spring comes along and cattle are put out to grass. While green grass solves a lot of problems associated with winter feeding (manure, pen maintenance, calf health, and labor demands), it can pose nutritional challenges. Lush, spring forage has three major challenges when it comes to meeting cattle nutrition requirements.

Full Story

Preparing Cows for Breeding

Preparing Cows for Breeding

Les Anderson

Drovers

A successful breeding season actually begins with management decisions made at calving. Cattlemen can impact rebreeding efficiency by focusing on body condition score (BCS), early assistance during calving difficulty, scheduling a breeding soundness exam for the herd sires, planning their herd reproductive health program, and developing a plan to regulate estrus in their first-calf heifers and late-calving cows.

Full Story