Daily Archives: October 4, 2017

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 red flags in a farm employee job interview

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 red flags in a farm employee job interview

FarmTalk

10.  You can just see that earring getting hooked on a cow’s horn, bale spear or about 500 other things.

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Wintering Growing Calves Using Corn Residue: The Value of Bypass Protein

Wintering Growing Calves Using Corn Residue: The Value of Bypass Protein

Mary Drewnoski

University of Nebraska-

Corn residue is an outstanding forage resource for wintering cows, but is also an option for backgrounding calves or growing heifers. Given the typical rental rates for corn residue and the cost of distillers’ grains, these two feed resources together make one of the lowest cost growing rations.

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What to Do With That Wandering Bull

What to Do With That Wandering Bull

Ellen H. Brisendine

The Cattleman

You’ve heard the old joke, paraphrased here: A young bull and an old bull look down the hill at a herd of cows in the next pasture. The young bull turns to the old bull and says, “I’m going to run down the hill and date one of those cows!” The old bull looks at the young bull with a squint and says, “I’m going to walk down the hill and date ALL of them.”

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Corn Silage Refresher Part 2: Analyzing and Adjusting During Harvest

Corn Silage Refresher Part 2: Analyzing and Adjusting During Harvest

Drovers

Cutting date selection is only part of the procedure to obtain high quality corn silage. This article discusses important indicators to monitor when harvesting and which are determinant steps to ensure that silage quality is maintained from cutting through to covering the pile.

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NDSU research improves beef cattle production

NDSU research improves beef cattle production

Agweek

Erin Brown

Making sure pregnant beef cows meet their nutrient needs this winter could be difficult because of the toll this year’s drought took on hay production.

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Grass-fed beef is bad for the planet and causes climate change

Grass-fed beef is bad for the planet and causes climate change

Fred Pearce

New Scientist

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Prince Charles is wrong to support grass-fed beef. The idea that beef from cows raised on bucolic pastures is good for the environment, and that we can therefore eat as much meat as we want, doesn’t add up. New calculations suggest cattle pastures contribute to climate change.

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Cattle Ranching Gains from IoT-based Intelligence

Cattle Ranching Gains from IoT-based Intelligence

IOT Journal

According to the company, the system is designed to provide a low-cost solution for tracking animals in ranch environments in which RFID or other wireless sensor devices would not be able to interrogate tags. Victoria Alonsoperez, a Uruguayan electronics and telecommunication engineer and entrepreneur who co-invented Chipsafer and founded the company, refers to the technology as the "Internet of Cows."

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Eating Grass-Fed Beef Isn’t as Climate-Friendly as You May Think

Eating Grass-Fed Beef Isn’t as Climate-Friendly as You May Think

Georgina Gustin

Inside Climate News

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Of the many terms attached to our burgers and steaks, "sustainable" and "grass-fed" often sit next to each other. But a new study finds that raising livestock on grassy pastures is far from sustainable and doesn’t have the climate benefits proponents have claimed.

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Learning from this year’s grazing season and preparing for next

Learning from this year’s grazing season and preparing for next

Kellie Lasack

Progressive Cattleman

This year’s grazing season was unique no matter where you went. There were areas where they received too much rain at one time, areas where they got perfect amounts of rain throughout the entire season and areas where they needed every drop of rain they could get.

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New North Dakota Livestock Alliance hires executive director

New North Dakota Livestock Alliance hires executive director

Dakota Farmer

The new North Dakota Livestock Alliance has named Amber Boeshans as its executive director. “NDLA is very excited to have Amber on board as our executive director,” says Chairman Craig Jarolimek. “The agriculture industry continues to be a driving force in North Dakota, and we are fortunate to have an experienced livestock professional to help grow farms and ranches in a responsible and successful manner.”

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