Daily Archives: June 1, 2017

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 signs you have a sale barn addiction

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 signs you have a sale barn addiction

FarmTalk

10. You are sooooo tempted to bid on that lot of Pygmy-fainting goat crosses.

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Top 10 grazing management misconceptions

Top 10 grazing management misconceptions

Jeff Goodwin

Progressive Cattleman

Often, in the course of our work as consultants in the Southern Great Plains, we work with clients through land management issues that have a relatively straightforward answer. For the most part, we address a producer’s concerns based on a particular land management goal.

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BIF 2017:  Economic Impact of Estrus Synchronization and Artificial Insemination

BIF 2017:  Economic Impact of Estrus Synchronization and Artificial Insemination

Justin Rhinehart

A Steak in Genomics

The cost per pregnancy for a bull costs between $60 and $75 depending on pregnancy rate. The cost per pregnancy is approximately similar between AI and natural service, if calculated on an equivalent production basis. Estrus synchronization and AI improve profitability. Study looked at 1,197 cows from 8 herds.

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Drought Management Principles Haven’t Changed

Drought Management Principles Haven’t Changed

Greg Lardy

Tri State Livestock News

Heading into the first week of June, it appears many parts of the Dakotas, northeastern Wyoming, and the very easternmost counties in Montana are abnormally dry. While there is still ample time for rainfall in June while our forages are actively growing, it is troubling to see these dry conditions. Given the situation, it is important to keep in mind good drought management principles as you consider how to address and deal with the lack of moisture.

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We need more grazing education and adoption

We need more grazing education and adoption

R. P. "Doc" Cooke

Beef Producer

Immature forage mixed with mature forage delivers health and production. The more diverse the plants, the better the results. The higher the percentage of C4 (warm-season) plants, up to about 75%, the better the response.

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Shortening the Calving Season!

Shortening the Calving Season!

Ben Crites

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

The UK IRM team has developed the IRM Farm Program, which is designed to increase the use of production practices that favor high reproductive rates in the cowherd. This program is delivered through on-farm learning to demonstrate the benefits of implementing these production practices.

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2017 rules means mineral supplementation for cattle may need VFD as well

2017 rules means mineral supplementation for cattle may need VFD as well

Glen Selk

Oklahoma State University

“Cow-calf operators will want to monitor mineral consumption closely to be certain that the label-recommended amounts are being consumed by the cattle, remembering that a VFD is now necessary for antibiotic feeding in mineral supplements,” he said. “The rancher should contact and work with a local large animal veterinarian about the appropriate VFD for his or her specific operation.”

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National Environmental Stewardship Award ranch in N.D. focuses on raising cattle naturally

National Environmental Stewardship Award ranch in N.D. focuses on raising cattle naturally

Mattie Hjelseth

KFYR

Beef is popular during the summer grilling season. But how do you know if the meat your eating is produced in a healthy way? A National Environmental Stewardship Award ranch in North Dakota raises their cattle differently than the other ranches in the area.

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Big Picture Beef Hopes to Capitalize on Grass-Fed

Big Picture Beef Hopes to Capitalize on Grass-Fed

Guy L. Steucek

Lancaster Farming

“Everyone in the food chain has to eat: soil microbes, pasture plants, livestock, farmers, processors, purveyors and customers,” Ridge Shinn, CEO of Big Picture Beef, said at the recent New England Meat Conference.

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Nebraska Beef Producers sue state’s brand committee

Nebraska Beef Producers sue state’s brand committee

Lori Pilger

Lincoln Journal Star

A group of feedlot operators in the state has asked a federal judge to declare the Nebraska Livestock Brand Act unconstitutional and to prevent the state from enforcing it.

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