Monthly Archives: November 2017

Beef RoundTable:  BQA: Moving the beef business forward

Beef RoundTable:  BQA: Moving the beef business forward

One of the most successful and enduring programs that has helped beef producers in their quest to produce the quality beef that consumers demand is the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program. Here’s a look at past success and what the future holds.

5 Factors to Consider Before Buying Livestock Scales

5 Factors to Consider Before Buying Livestock Scales

Kevin Hill

Feedlot Magazine

If you are a farmer or own a farming facility, you would understand the importance of having the right scales and weighing equipment for measuring animal performance. You must have the right livestock scales to weigh the livestock, the feed and for making informed decisions for improving the overall efficiency and decreasing the cost of production.

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Grass and Hay Program Yields Top Bulls

Grass and Hay Program Yields Top Bulls

Loretta Sorensen

DTN

When he started developing a registered Black Angus herd in 1993, Gary Knutson didn’t plan to take grain out of his feed ration. It was $7 corn in 2011 that drove the South Dakota rancher to alternative feed sources.

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Who is the stocker cattle industry?

Who is the stocker cattle industry?

Derrell S. Peel

FarmTalk

Earlier in 2017, Oklahoma State University, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and the National Agricultural Statistics Service, conducted a comprehensive survey of Oklahoma cattle producers. The primary objective of the survey was to identify stocker producers and how the stocker industry in Oklahoma operates. USDA-NASS conducted the survey on behalf of OSU.

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5 Ways You Know You’re In A Farm Truck

5 Ways You Know You’re In A Farm Truck

Jennifer Friend

Arable Media

They might run like you just drove them off the lot, or rattle and bang to the point where you question if you’re going to have to walk your way home. But besides the sounds they make, there are more sure-fire ways to figure out if you’re in a farm truck.

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Weighing in on bale weights

Weighing in on bale weights

Mike Rankin

Hay and Forage Grower

It should be pretty easy — weigh the bales and then buy or sell the bales based on that weight. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, large rounds are often sold by the bale based on the buyer or seller’s estimate of weight. How good are these estimates? Often, not even close enough for government work.

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Products offer more options for handling livestock

Products offer more options for handling livestock

Indiana Prairie Farmer

Handling animals without stressing them is still one of the biggest challenges livestock producers face. The last decade has brought a move forward in understanding how animals need to be handled to reduce stress on them and the people who are working with them.

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