Daily Archives: August 11, 2017

BeefTalk: Managing Drought Through Proper Soil Health

BeefTalk: Managing Drought Through Proper Soil Health

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Tough times are times that allow producers to ponder that next turn in the road and think through better ways to prepare for Mother Nature’s wrath. Drought is one of those times. Effective mitigation of drought is improved soil health; thus, it’s more effective utilization of available moisture.

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Looking at 2-Step Weaning

Looking at 2-Step Weaning

Kendi Sayre

University of Illinois

It is that time of year again when producers are preparing to wean their early born calves. Other than calving, weaning can be one of the most stressful times of the year both on the calf and the cow. Minimizing outside factors that could add more stress is key, but there are also many strategies to keep both the calf and cow healthy and content.

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How to produce high-health calves

How to produce high-health calves

W. Mark Hilton

Progressive Cattleman

Cattle that stay healthy in the feedlot produce greater revenue than those that become sick. Calves treated once earned $119.92 less, and calves treated two or more times earned $365.01 less, according to a 2014 study. These numbers show the tremendous influence on calf value when relating health to overall profitability.

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Which novel endophyte should I plant?

Which novel endophyte should I plant?

Craig Roberts

Progressive Forage

One of the most common questions coming into a state extension office is “Which variety should I plant?” Over the years, that question has often been about alfalfa. This is true even in Missouri, where 90 percent of the hay is tall fescue clipped from pastures.

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Southern States Sells Its Animal Feed Business to Cargill

Southern States Sells Its Animal Feed Business to Cargill

Margy Eckelkamp

AG Pro

Cargill will acquire the animal feed business of Richmond, Va.,-based Southern States Cooperative, Inc. The transaction is expected to close within 90 days, subject to customary approvals. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  This acquisition will help Cargill better serve its customers in the eastern U.S., and it’s an important part of Cargill Feed and Nutrition’s growth strategy.

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Stack hay bales properly to help maintain quality

Stack hay bales properly to help maintain quality

Canadian Cattleman

“Storage losses from improperly stacked bales can be anywhere from 15 to 20 per cent of the dry matter yield while protein and energy losses can be anywhere from five to 10 per cent,” said beef and forage specialist Barry Yaremcio. “You spend a lot of time putting up a good-quality hay, so why risk losing 10 to 15 per cent of your productivity by just not stacking the bales properly?”

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How to figure contract cow grazing

How to figure contract cow grazing

R. P. "Doc" Cooke

Beef Producer

More questions that arise than I may ever have the answer, so the most positive and usually the best reply to many of the questions I field in this business is, “I don’t know.” Contract grazing might be a really good example.

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Minimize Forage Ash Content

Minimize Forage Ash Content

Rory Lewandowski

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Forage ash content comes from both internal and external sources. Internal sources include minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and potassium found in the leaves and stems of forage plants. External sources include things like soil, bedding, and sand that are deposited on the surface of the forage.

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How will summer drought and this fall’s corn crop affect feeder cattle?

How will summer drought and this fall’s corn crop affect feeder cattle?

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

Several factors are at play that may have a significant effect on the fall feeder cattle and calf run, says Brian R. Williams, assistant Extension professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Mississippi State University. One is how the corn and soybean harvest will play out, given extremes in summer weather in the Midwest.

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History of Veterinary Genomics

History of Veterinary Genomics

James Womack

A Steak in Genomics

In 1990, there was a conference at Cold Spring Harbor about mapping genomes in cattle (mapping is figuring out the recombination that occurs between spots on a chromosome. These DNA variants are inherited in patterns, not independently).

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