Daily Archives: November 8, 2017

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 reasons to keep that cow one more year

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 reasons to keep that cow one more year

FarmTalk

  1. To cull her, you’d have to catch her first.

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Value Added Programs Play Important Role in the Success of Beef Markets

Value Added Programs Play Important Role in the Success of Beef Markets

Oklahoma Farm report

“You don’t see it very often. Every level of production and marketing has had good margins and that tells you how good demand is,” Blach said, adding that prices are higher than anyone would have initially guessed and in the face of larger productions levels. “The real question is: Can we grow our exports another level to be able to keep these large proteins supplies from having a significant impact?”

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Take some of the stress out of cold stress

Take some of the stress out of cold stress

Christopher Clark

Progressive Cattleman

Frigid temperatures, howling winds, ice storms, freezing rain and snowdrifts are just a few of the winter highlights waiting just around the corner. Although beef cattle can tolerate extreme winter conditions surprisingly well, cold stress can negatively affect animal health, welfare, performance and production.

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Stretching your cattle’s hay supply with straw

Stretching your cattle’s hay supply with straw

Canadian Cattleman

Travis Peardon, the regional livestock specialist in Outlook, Sask., says few producers were reporting an abundance of hay this year, so he presumes many will be stretching what they do have with straw to get their cows through the winter. That being the case, Peardon recently prepared a short primer on straw-bolstered rations for producers in his area.

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Iowa cattle industry summit is Dec. 7-8

Iowa cattle industry summit is Dec. 7-8

Wallaces Farmer

Cattle producers are invited to attend the 2017 Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit and Annual Meeting at Ames. Cattle producers and friends of the industry are invited to attend the Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit and Annual Meeting Dec. 7-8. The event will be held at the CPMI Center in Ames, Iowa. Interested attendees may register online at iacattlemen.org or call 515-296-2266.

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Forage Analysis: What Numbers Do I Need

Forage Analysis: What Numbers Do I Need

Justin W. Waggoner

Drovers

The basic components that nutritionists need to evaluate a feedstuff or develop a ration are dry matter or moisture, crude protein, an estimate of the energy content of the feedstuff — Total Digestible Nutrients (TDN), Net Energy for Maintenance (NEm), Net Energy for gain (NEg), and the macro minerals, Calcium and Phosphorous. These are the most basic numbers that are required but including some additional analyses in the report can give us additional insight into the quality of the feedstuff or improve our ability to predict animal performance, which is the primary reason we analyze feedstuffs.

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High quality beef genetics helps rancher find success

High quality beef genetics helps rancher find success

Jennifer Carrico

High Plains Journal

Sloan Livestock, Ltd. has been in the same family for several generations and the ranch brand dates back to 1861. Even with the rich heritage of the operation, Jeff Sloan knows changes must be made in how the cattle are raised to keep up with what the consumer wants.

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