Monthly Archives: November 2017

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 reasons farmers shy away from Black Friday at the mall

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 reasons farmers shy away from Black Friday at the mall


  1. He can stare down a mean cow or belligerent horse but folds in the face of a little old lady elbowing him out of the way for the last Doc McStuffins playset.

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ReInvention Lessons From Dead Animal Processors

ReInvention Lessons From Dead Animal Processors

Damian Mason

Last month I spoke to the National Renderers Association about succeeding in a rapidly changing marketplace.  Evolution is key to prospering in any industry because, lets face it, eventually things change and you’re left behind.  . . . No matter what business you’re in, disruptive forces are coming.  For rendering, the issues are technology (electric vehicles), regulation (bans on fossil fuel powered vehicles), and consumer preference (chicken feed made from chickens won’t fly forever).  Regardless of what business you’re in, you’re likely facing the same three issues.  See, you have a lot in common with the dead animal processors.

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DOT grants 90-day waiver for livestock haulers

DOT grants 90-day waiver for livestock haulers

Meghan Grebner

Brownfield Ag news

The Department of Transportation has granted livestock haulers a 90-day waiver from requiring them to install or use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in their trucks.  Livestock groups had previously requested an exemption from the regulation because of the potential negative impact on animal well-being.

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A Good Vaccination Program is Only as Good As Techniques Used

A Good Vaccination Program is Only as Good As Techniques Used

Taylor Gussing

Cattle Today

“Shoot, I messed up the vaccines.” If these words have ever been uttered while processing cows and calves, it may be time for implementation of some simple chute side organization tips. A good vaccination program is only as good as the techniques used in each step of administration. Seventy percent of beef operations administer vaccines to cows and calves at least one time every 12 months (NAHMS).

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What Role Does a Veterinarian Play Taking Care Of Cattle?

What Role Does a Veterinarian Play Taking Care Of Cattle?

Anne Burkholder

Feedyard Foodie

ometime in the later part of the 90’s, not too long after I moved to Nebraska and went to work at the feed yard, I asked my consulting veterinarian to come out to the farm and help me diagnose a calf.  I knew that something was wrong with it, but I was struggling to pin point the specific illness. When the vet arrived, he looked at the calf and said, “Anne, this calf is ADR”. I replied, “Doc, what does ADR mean?” He responded, “Well Anne, ADR means ‘ain’t doin right’.”

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Does residue grazing affect later crop yields?

Does residue grazing affect later crop yields?

John Maday


talk grazing appears to have no negative effect on subsequent corn or soybean yields. Grazing on harvested corn fields provides a fall and winter management option for cattle owners and an income opportunity for landowners. Baling corn residue also provides an option for farmers to sell bales for feed or bedding.  Either process does, however, remove nutrients and organic material from a field, while grazing also recycles some nutrients and organic material in manure.

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Focus on consumer-based value, quality differences

Focus on consumer-based value, quality differences

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

“While the trend of increasing quality is difficult to quantify, the combination of genetic improvement, formula pricing that includes premium price structures, and additional days of feeding due to lower grain prices will continue to drive U.S. beef quality higher,” says Don Close, Rabobank senior animal protein analyst. “The premiums in the U.S. are expected to increase relative to Choice, branded and Select classifications.”

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