Daily Archives: December 19, 2017

Baxter Black, DVM:  What’s Christmas to a Cow?

Baxter Black, DVM:  What’s Christmas to a Cow?

I know you’ve prob’ly asked yourself, what’s Christmas to a cow?

You’ve not!  Well maybe, just perchance  I’ve got you thinkin’ now

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Red Angus breed seeing substantial recent growth

Red Angus breed seeing substantial recent growth

RYAN CROSSINGHAM

Farm and Ranch Guide

Known by commercial producers as a consistent provider of fertility, longevity and overall herd profitability, the Red Angus breed has experienced two consecutive years of rapid growth – increasing its market share across the U.S. beef industry. When it comes to Angus, things are pretty black and white, or more literally, black and red.

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Genetic selections impact every facet of the beef industry

Genetic selections impact every facet of the beef industry

Raney Rapp

FarmTalk

Low birth weights and explosive weaning weights are bull selection factors commercial and seedstock cattle producers have emphasized in the last 20 years. The result is easier calving and calves with extreme growth potential post-weaning. But, are cow-calf producers reaping the benefits of those genetic decisions?

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Cut the cost of wintering cattle

Cut the cost of wintering cattle

Jared Geiser and Brenda Boetel

Progressive Cattleman

As we continue 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 to 80 percent of total costs for their cow herd.

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3 tried-and-true options for spring forage

3 tried-and-true options for spring forage

Travis Meteer

Progressive Forage

Using tillable acres to provide feed for cattle while still harvesting a cash crop is becoming a popular goal for producers. A growing question from farmers is, “What options do I have for producing forage in the off-season?” In the Midwest, the most popular choices are cereal rye, triticale and wheat.

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The Right Recipe For Fertilizing Forage Grasses

The Right Recipe For Fertilizing Forage Grasses

On Pasture

Kathy Voth

Producers growing forage grass for cattle in the southeastern United States face a crucial question: How much fertilizer to use? Many forage grasses grow best with help from nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium fertilizers. But the right recipe is elusive because increasing one nutrient can reduce the impact of the others.

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USDA plans to withdraw contentious organic rule

USDA plans to withdraw contentious organic rule

Carol Ryan Dumas

Capital Press

The agency said it intends to withdraw the rule because it exceeds its statutory authority beyond the intent of the Organics Food Production Act. The USDA announced Dec. 15 that it is withdrawing a proposed rule dealing with animal handling practices for organic livestock and poultry. The rule, largely supported by organic interests, was opposed by conventional livestock producer organizations.

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