Daily Archives: August 14, 2017

Use the Feed Cost CowQLator to Compare Feed Options with Drought Conditions

Use the Feed Cost CowQLator to Compare Feed Options with Drought Conditions

Kristen Ulmer and Aaron Berger

University of Nebraska

Lack of moisture this summer leaves cattle producers with questions as to what they should do with pastures drying up. Considering alternative feeding options and management practices, may be necessary.

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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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Why The Japan Beef Tariff Isn’t As Bad As Producers Think

Why The Japan Beef Tariff Isn’t As Bad As Producers Think

Ashley Davenport

Farm Journal

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) said Japan is continuing to buy U.S. beef. Exports to the island country continued to gain momentum in June, with volume up 7 percent and value up 13 percent compared to 2016. Don Close, senior analyst of animal protein at Rabobank, said this increase is “terribly frustrating,” but it isn’t the worst thing that could happen.

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Fall Calving Offers Advantages to Your Cow Herd

Fall Calving Offers Advantages to Your Cow Herd

VitaFerm

Fall calving offers several advantages that the cow-calf producers can utilize in their management programs. A key advantage is that cows will spend their last days of gestation grazing more lush summer pastures and will typically calve at a higher body condition – something to keep in mind when developing a feeding program for those lactating mama cows.

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Cow, calf shot while grazing in central Minnesota wildlife refuge

Cow, calf shot while grazing in central Minnesota wildlife refuge

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Someone shot and killed a cow and a calf grazing in the the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in central Minnesota near St. Cloud. The Sherburne County sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in finding who killed two cows, which were legally grazing on the federal land.

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Don’t allow activists to disrupt fairs and expos

Don’t allow activists to disrupt fairs and expos

Animal Agriculture Alliance

Summer is well underway and that means county fairs and livestock shows are in full swing. For many producers and youth involved in agriculture, fair season means putting in extra hours of practice and preparation in order to show off a year of hard work in the show ring along with

making friendships and memories to last a lifetime. 

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HSUS Pushing for Farm Bill Animal ‘Welfare’ Title

HSUS Pushing for Farm Bill Animal ‘Welfare’ Title

Steve Kopperud

Brownfield AG News

Ignore the following at your own peril:  The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) is working its tail off to get an animal “welfare” title into the 2018 Farm Bill.  You’ve been warned. At the August 5 House Agriculture Committee’s listening session in Modesto, California, “several speakers,” by one media account, called on the committee to include in the new Farm Bill legislation dealing with so-called “animal welfare issues.”

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