Daily Archives: May 11, 2017

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 good things about bad cows

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 good things about bad cows

FarmTalk

10. Some call it inefficient reproduction, you call it year-round cash flow.

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Managing Market Risk for Fall Calf Sales

Managing Market Risk for Fall Calf Sales

Jay Parsons

Hereford World

Hopefully, your spring calving season has gone well, the grass is greening up nicely, and you are looking forward to a good production season this year. Now is a good time to think about your marketing plans for the calves you expect to be selling this fall.  Maintaining and updating a marketing plan to the marketing process brings discipline that is often rewarded in challenging market environments like the one we are currently experiencing.  

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Have Plan in Place When Unexpected Cow Loss Occurs

Have Plan in Place When Unexpected Cow Loss Occurs

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

It happens. If you own cattle, at some point you will drive out in the pasture and you’ll find one with all four feet in the air, or maybe very close to it. For stocker or backgrounding cattle producers who are accustomed to working with highly stressed, newly purchased animals either from the sale barn or from an order buyer 750 miles away this is not uncommon.

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Behavior the Key to Spotting Sick Cattle Early

Behavior the Key to Spotting Sick Cattle Early

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

With more than six years of research and collaboration behind them, Bill Pinchak and Gordon Carstens, have defined a system that relies on cattle behavior to spot cases of Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) before pen riders or animal health providers typically can.

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Safe handling can ease stress in cattle

Safe handling can ease stress in cattle

Assiniboia Times

As calving season draws to a close and pastures turn green, producers will enter the season of moving herds to pastures. One of the trendy terms in cattle handling these days is “low stress” handling. Colby Elford, regional livestock specialist for Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Ministry, explains that this term is being used as a catch-all for various terms used to describe low stress cattle handling and safe stockmanship.

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Kansas Cattle Buyer Cleared of Fraud Charges

Kansas Cattle Buyer Cleared of Fraud Charges

Wyatt Bechtel

Drovers

On May 5, a Kansas cattle buyer was cleared of all criminal charges by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten found that the prosecution did not present enough evidence for the case to go to a jury trial. The court granted a defense motion to acquit Randall D. Patterson and the Anthony Livestock Co.

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What NAFTA Renegotiations Will Mean

What NAFTA Renegotiations Will Mean

Ashley Davenport

Farm Journal

President Donald Trump has decided to renegotiate rather than withdraw from NAFTA, much to the relief of farm groups. For many sectors of ag don’t believe they can renegotiate a better trade agreement because Mexico and Canada are top export customers for many U.S. agricultural products.

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Warm-season grass success demands planning

Warm-season grass success demands planning

Melissa Beck

Hay & Forage Grower

Historically, producers are warned that it takes two to three years to establish native warm-season grasses. Research at the USDA Plant Materials Center in Booneville, Ark., and the University of Tennessee seem to indicate this isn’t necessarily true, and in reality these grasses may require a much shorter establishment time.

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4 Keys for Effective Probiotic Use

4 Keys for Effective Probiotic Use

Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA

The benefits of probiotics keep adding up for livestock producers. Research shows that including probiotics in rations can improve producers’ return on investment through better feed efficiency, increased production or even more robust immune responses.

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Farm Babe: What do farmers actually think of Monsanto?

Farm Babe: What do farmers actually think of Monsanto?

Ag Babe

I have a confession to make: I’ve never met a real commercial farmer who doesn’t like Monsanto. Seriously. Come on out to corn and soybean country here in the Midwest (I’m in Iowa) and ask us what we really think. If you try telling farmers Monsanto is evil, they will probably all look at you like you have three heads, while proudly wearing an Asgrow/DeKalb hat.

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