Daily Archives: December 13, 2017

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 North Pole reindeer management issues

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 North Pole reindeer management issues


  1. Headgates — ‘nuff said.
  2. A well-intentioned dose of combiotic and it’s lights out for Rudolph’s nose.

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Cost of Wintering Cattle

Cost of Wintering Cattle

Jared Geiser

Feedlot Magazine

As we move into the winter feeding months cow calf producers have additional opportunities to impact their bottom line. Winter feeding costs represent the single largest cost to cattlemen, typically representing 55-80% of total costs for their cowherd. This cost is important to consider when making the decision to cull open or unproductive cows or feed them through winter while trying to improve body condition score. Additional consideration should be given to feed resources available and market value for cull cows.

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Quality Rule

Quality Rule

Victoria G Myers

Progressive Farmer

As 2018 approaches, America’s beef producers continue to emphasize quality through participation and certification in the national Beef Quality Assurance program. In many states that training, and certification are free to producers through the support of industry sponsors.

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How to get More out of your Pastures and Improve Water Quality

How to get More out of your Pastures and Improve Water Quality

Bob Hendershot

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Improving your pasture management skills will grow more forage that will have higher quality that will better feed your livestock and make you more money. A better pasture should just keep getting better year after year including; improving the environment; improving the soil, water, air, plants, and animals as well as reducing your energy requirements.

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American Hereford Association releases BOLT genetic evaluation

American Hereford Association releases BOLT genetic evaluation

High Plains Journal

The American Hereford Association released the first updated expected progeny differences and corresponding accuracies using the Biometric Open Language Tools genetic evaluation software Dec. 4. The new genetic evaluation also includes two new traits, Sustained Cow Fertility and Dry Matter Intake, and updated profit indexes.

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Farm Babe: What’s on your dash? Bonds between farmer, truck

Farm Babe: What’s on your dash? Bonds between farmer, truck

Move over, MacGyver. The farmers have arrived and could teach you a thing or two about duct tape and baler twine. This was my exact thought when I looked at all the random stuff on the dash of our pickup and thought, “Why do we have all this stuff?” A lot of it is random, but then again our careers are, too. From aiding an animal and fixing machinery to getting a cut or needing a light bulb, you never know what helpful treasures you will find in a farm pickup. Duct tape and screwdrivers. Can’t go wrong.

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Taxes on Meat Could Join Carbon and Sugar to Help Limit Emissions

Taxes on Meat Could Join Carbon and Sugar to Help Limit Emissions

Emily Chasan

Bloomberg 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.

Move over, taxes on carbon and sugar: the global levy that may be next is meat. Some investors are betting governments around the world will find a way to start taxing meat production as they aim to improve public health and hit emissions targets set in the Paris Climate Agreement. Socially focused investors are starting to push companies to diversify into plant protein, or even suggest livestock producers use a “shadow price” of meat — similar to an internal carbon price — to estimate future costs.

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Veterinary researcher seeks to take pain out of cattle procedure

Veterinary researcher seeks to take pain out of cattle procedure

The Mercury

A calf’s ear may be the best location for delivering a new vaccine with a dual purpose: relieving pain while also preventing unwanted pregnancies in cattle.

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Kay: What Will Happen to Beef Trade?

Kay: What Will Happen to Beef Trade?

Steve Kay


he contentious talks between the U.S., Canadian and Mexican governments to re-negotiate terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) certainly hang over the industry like a dark cloud. The entire agricultural sector, including the meat industry, has lobbied anyone who will listen as to the vital importance of NAFTA to U.S. agriculture and how NAFTA’s agricultural provisions must be maintained.

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Commitment to sustainability: Nothing new for ranchers

Commitment to sustainability: Nothing new for ranchers

Sara Place

Beef Magazine

You’ve heard it before – we have a growing world population that will reach over 9 billion by 2050, but we don’t have an ever-expanding amount of land. As a result, we need to do more with less. This core issue is at the heart of current concerns about “sustainability,” but sustainability is nothing new in American agriculture.

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