Daily Archives: September 20, 2017

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 signs of autumn

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 signs of autumn


10. The neighbor gets a new yellow truck — nope, it’s just covered with pollen.

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Value-added marketing is a good strategy, but it doesn’t come without cost

Value-added marketing is a good strategy, but it doesn’t come without cost

Brian Williams

Progressive Cattleman

September is upon us and many cow-calf producers are considering how to market their spring-born calves. Unfortunately, September is also the time of year when cattle markets typically take a seasonal downturn.

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Raising Your Own Replacements? Maybe You Shouldn’t

Raising Your Own Replacements? Maybe You Shouldn’t

Dave Pratt

On Pasture

We get a cross-section of livestock producers at the Ranching For Profit School. A session can include outfits with more than 10,000 cows and others with less than 100 attend the course.  When it comes to enterprise selection and structure, most of the small places look like miniature versions of the large ones.  That’s a problem because size matters and what works for the large scale producers isn’t always a good idea for folks working at a smaller scale. One size doesn’t fit all.

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Banister’s axioms of discipline

Banister’s axioms of discipline

R. P. "Doc" Cooke

Beef Producer

Montana rancher Ray Banister is known for his "boom-bust" grazing ideas, as well as his thoughts on management and animal discipline.

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The Michigan Corn Stover Project – Part 2: Cover crop integration

The Michigan Corn Stover Project – Part 2: Cover crop integration

Dennis Pennington, Monica Jean, Kevin Gould and Eric Anderson, Michigan State University

As the season winds down, farmers have to decide whether or not to harvest their stover. To help assist farmers, the Michigan Corn Stover Project has developed three articles and a bulletin to inform their decision-making process. This article covers the effects of integrating cover crops into corn production.

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Feeding Hay More Efficiently

Feeding Hay More Efficiently

Evan Whitley, Ph.D., Curtis Larson

The Noble Research Institute

Ruminants have a distinct advantage compared to other livestock because of their ability to process highly fibrous, otherwise nonutilizable, feedstuffs into a marketable product. Oftentimes, this conversion advantage is only referenced to specific, industry-related outcomes such as body condition, parturition and/or weight gain. However, a bigger picture perspective points to the societal benefits these animals possess.

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Consumers Shift Attention to “Cultural Concerns”

Consumers Shift Attention to "Cultural Concerns"

John Maday


Consumer perceptions of beef quality involve what you produce, and also how you produce it. Conducting a new National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) every five years achieves a few distinct goals. First, it allows the industry to track results in addressing quality concerns identified in prior audits, and the reports have documented significant progress. Each audit also tracks the ongoing evolution of public perceptions regarding beef quality.

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