BeefTalk: Healthy Soil Buffers Human Inadequacies
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Perhaps a healthy soil is a good buffer to our own inadequacies. As we know, water storage and availability are necessary for soil health and forage growth. Ten years ago, the Dickinson Research Extension Center implemented a cropping system on a quarter of land. The system changed the rate of average water infiltration into the soil from 1.3 inches per hour to 10.2 inches per hour, an increase of 685 percent. Additionally, the projected average plant-available nitrogen increased from 100 to 175 pounds per acre, a 75 percent increase.
Volks raise low-input, high-efficiency Salers in the Colorado mountains
The Fence Post
A registered herd of Salers cattle graze contently at the base of the Ragged Mountains in the northwest corner of Gunnison County. The way they’re raised is what sets them apart. “They receive no special treatment,” Gary Volk says of the cattle. “We raise registered cattle that are kept like commercial producers would keep them. They don’t get supplements, only minerals and hay during calving. Our goal is to graze them most of the year. What we produce here are good honest cattle.”
4 reasons to call your ag lender
Clear communication is key in successfully operating with an agricultural loan. When change occurs in the business, these are four things your lender will want to know.
Now Is the Time to Start Backgrounding Calves
The demand for feeder cattle has supported higher prices this year. Relatively low feeding costs give farmers the opportunity to send more pounds of beef to market by feeding calves after weaning.
Eye For Improvement
DTN Progressive Farmer
In far southwest Virginia on the Tennessee line is Washington County. Its steep hills and valleys support a thousand cattle operations — most are small, averaging 50 head. Most have owners with a full-time job other than agriculture. Most do not earn top dollar for their investment and effort.
What are Bulls Worth?
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
With winter and spring bull sales are not far away, it is time to start having the discussion about what to look for and how much to pay for a bull by taking a look at both the genetic influence as well as the economic influence to your cowherd.
Beef cattle management tips for early winter
Be sure that weaned heifer calves are on a feeding program which will enable them be at about 65 percent of their expected mature weight before the start of the breeding season. Rations should be balanced to achieve gains sufficient to get heifers from their current weight to that “target” weight.