Daily Archives: July 19, 2017

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 indications the guy ahead of you is a farmer

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 indications the guy ahead of you is a farmer

FarmTalk

10. The way he’s driving you’d swear he’s been drinking but he’s just checking the crops.

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Atypical’ form of mad cow disease confirmed in Alabama cow

Atypical’ form of mad cow disease confirmed in Alabama cow

Dennis Pillion

AL.com

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed an "atypical" case of bovine spongiform encephalopothy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, in an 11-year old beef cow in Alabama but emphasized that the animal never entered the slaughterhouse and "at no time presented a risk to food supply or to human health."

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First Calf Heifers Require Different Management

First Calf Heifers Require Different Management

Jason Smith

Cattle Today

First-calf heifers. Let’s face it – we all struggle with them at least to some degree. And it’s an issue that we face not just here in Tennessee, but across the entire country. If one comes up open, we’re faced with one of two choices.

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Opportunity Abounds in China But Don’t Hold Your Breath – Developing Markets There will Take Time

Opportunity Abounds in China But Don’t Hold Your Breath – Developing Markets There will Take Time

Oklahoma Farm Report

Ron Hays had the chance to speak with Phil Seng, president and CEO of the US Meat Export Federation, recently, and according to him, beef exports in 2017 have been incredibly strong. He believes there is a bright future ahead for US beef trade, now that China has opened its markets to our beef products. Seng says China has the potential to become one of America’s most important markets – just not right away.

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Filling a void: A new approach for U.S. feeders buying Mexican cattle

Filling a void: A new approach for U.S. feeders buying Mexican cattle

Stephanie Lastovica

Progressive Cattleman

When the owners of the Santa Teresa Livestock Auction came together with a unique idea, they seemed to be following a theme of many successful entrepreneurs: Find a need and fill it – and that is exactly what they did.

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You CAN Farm/Ranch for Profit

You CAN Farm/Ranch for Profit

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

This past weekend I reviewed a DVD that I think every On Pasture reader should have. “The Three Secrets For Increasing Profit” is an introduction to principles from the Ranching for Profit School and features Dave Pratt of Ranch Management Consultants. I’m recommending it so highly because I think it helps On Pasture accomplish one of our primary goals: to help farmers and ranchers be more profitable.

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Hot Weather Challenges Beef Cattle

Hot Weather Challenges Beef Cattle

Alvaro Garcia

Drovers

Hot weather conditions create challenges for grazing beef cattle. Animals need to meet their energy requirements while maintaining the balance between internal heat production and the environmental heat load. There are several physiological means for the body to dissipate heat, however those that involve body mechanisms result in increased energy maintenance requirements.

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Livestock Poisoning Possible from Wilting Black Wild Cherry Leaves

Livestock Poisoning Possible from Wilting Black Wild Cherry Leaves

Bruce MacKellar

Bovine Veterinarian

The leaves of wild black cherry trees, which are a very common fencerow and woodlot species in southwest Michigan, can cause a lethal poisoning risk if grazing animals consume wilted leaves. The toxic component in the leaves is prussic acid, a hydrogen cyanide toxin that is only formed when glycosides in the leaves are combined with hydrolytic enzymes.

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Algae Outbreak Kills 32 Cattle in Oregon

Algae Outbreak Kills 32 Cattle in Oregon

Ag Web

"We had a reservoir that cattle have been drinking out of for 60 years, and never had a problem. Then this breeze comes from the north and carried this layer of scum 3 to 4 feet from the edge and that’s what they were drinking," he said. "We thought it was poison at first. We didn’t know what it was."

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Managing silage bunkers in warmer weather

Managing silage bunkers in warmer weather

Matt Laubach

Progressive Forage

As summer temperatures increase, hot spots and mold may form in the bunker. Carefully managing the bunker during feedout will help ensure you’re providing cows with the nutrients they need to be productive.

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