Daily Archives: August 17, 2017

Livestock Working Facilities: How much does it Cost?

Livestock Working Facilities: How much does it Cost?

Dr. Andrew Griffith

University of Tennessee

Labor and material costs in constructing livestock working facilities can eat a livestock producer’s lunch and put a serious damper on the checking account. However, the cost of working facilities is not so expensive when the costs associated with not having facilities are considered. It would be beneficial to look at three aspects: 1) cost of not having facilities, 2) where costs can be reduced, and 3) a range in total cost of facilities.

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To Succeed in China- US Beef Industry Must be Patient

To Succeed in China- US Beef Industry Must be Patient

Oklahoma Farm Report

Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays had the chance to speak with Phil Seng, president and CEO of the US Meat Export Federation earlier in the summer, 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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Start Stockpiling Pasture for Fall and Winter Grazing

Start Stockpiling Pasture for Fall and Winter Grazing

Victor Shelton

On Pasture

Tall fescue is great for stockpiling. Here’s how much you need to lengthen your grazing season, along with tips on managing grazing now to get the most out of your winter pastures.

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When Should I Take the Last Alfalfa Cutting?

When Should I Take the Last Alfalfa Cutting?

Sarah Mikesell


It’s almost September and time to decide when or if to take the last cutting of alfalfa. Start by considering if there’s enough forage already in storage to get the cows through the winter. Then take a look at your fields and decide if there’s enough alfalfa in the field to make it worth the time to harvest. And, if so, what are the risks to next year’s crop?

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Ag groups issue varying statements on NAFTA objectives

Ag groups issue varying statements on NAFTA objectives

Tri State Livestock News

The leaders of three large farm groups in the United States, Canada and Mexico today sent negotiators on the North American Free Trade Agreement a joint declaration of objectives, but other organizations issued statements with a variety of viewpoints.

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Did My Feed Grinder Cause My Cattle to Bloat?

Did My Feed Grinder Cause My Cattle to Bloat?

Dr. Francis L. Fluharty

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

When cattle are over-fed large amounts of starch Streptococcus bovis bacteria that make lactic acid increase rapidly. In this instance, bacteria that use lactic acid (Megasphaera elsdenii, Selenemonas ruminantium, and  Selenomonas lactilytica) cannot keep up with production of the lactic acid.

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Simmental Assoc. holding Fall Focus meeting

Simmental Assoc. holding Fall Focus meeting

The Cattle Business Weekly

Looking for greater awareness of the profit potential in your calves?  Want a cutting-edge, credible marketing tool?  Maybe you want more understanding of how genomics are going to impact your EPDs and indexes.  Let’s position your ranch for the future with better selection tools and collaborative ideas.  Let’s get focused!

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Animal disease lab ready for groundbreaking

Animal disease lab ready for groundbreaking

Jager Robinson

Tri-State Neighbor

New research equipment, better access, and up-to-date technology are three key components to any brand new research building. The Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory will be making those improvements when it breaks ground on its new building in a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31. The addition and the renovation to the old building will be completed over a three-year period.

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Cattlemen steer toward ending hunger in Tennessee

Cattlemen steer toward ending hunger in Tennessee

Lisa De Gennaro

USA Today

One local industry nonprofit is working to lessen hunger in Middle Tennessee, with a total of 2,000 pounds of beef going to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, with help from industry partners, purchased four winning show steers at the Tennessee Junior Livestock Beef Expo in Murfreesboro last month.

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Amazon Beef is On the Horizon

Amazon Beef is On the Horizon

Ag News Feed

Jeff Bezos is a beef stakeholder. The founder of Amazon with a net worth of $87 billion—give or take a billion—has a vested interest in how your cattle are raised. This summer Amazon announced it intends to acquire Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion, news that sent a shudder through the grocery business.

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