Daily Archives: February 15, 2018

Three tricks help hire the best millennial workers

Three tricks help hire the best millennial workers

Alan Newport

Beef Magazine

Ultimately, responsibility is a key trait you are seeking from anyone you hire, Tyler says. Unfortunately it is difficult to discern responsibility in an interview. If it were legal, you might ask, “Do you live with your parents? Are you married and for how long? Do you have a mortgage?”

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Producers losing cattle margin due to high hay price

Producers losing cattle margin due to high hay price

Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

Kennedy farms and feeds cattle with his wife, Emily, and brother, Mitch, near here in Cass County, Iowa. When the weather turns cold, cattle are burning the calories to put on weight and maintain body temperature. Thankfully, corn and corn co-products are cheap and easy to find, Kennedy said. The family farms about 1,300 acres, growing corn, beans and hay, and use all the farm-grown corn in the feedlot they own and the two they lease.

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Make sure your cattle fit the environment you have

Make sure your cattle fit the environment you have

SUE ROESLER

Farm & Ranch Guide

“It is an exciting time to be involved in the cattle industry. We are going to have more tools available and I think the industry is swinging back to more moderate-sized cattle,” said David Lalman, Oklahoma State University Extension beef cattle specialist, keynote speaker at the World Cattlemen’s Cow Efficiency Congress in Dickinson, N.D. “But your cattle must fit your environment.”

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Severity of winter and the impact on calf birth weights

Severity of winter and the impact on calf birth weights

Glenn Selk

FarmTalk

Does the severity (coldness or mildness) of the winter have an impact on spring-born calf birth weights? Ranchers have asked that question during many springs and veterinarians have speculated for years. The debate rages on!

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Fraudsters vs. farmers: Know when it’s a scam

Fraudsters vs. farmers: Know when it’s a scam

Cassidy Woolsey

Progressive Forage

The phone dings. It’s a text message from a strange number inquiring about your hay for sale. Hesitant and a bit perplexed, you respond. After a few messages back and forth, your gut tells you something’s not quite right – it’s a scam. Unfortunately, this isn’t uncommon in today’s tech-savvy world.

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A Cow’s Teeth Tell Her Age, and Can Help With Culling Decisions

A Cow’s Teeth Tell Her Age, and Can Help With Culling Decisions

Robert Wells

On Pasture

In order to maintain condition in a pasture setting without copious amounts of supplemental feed, a cow must have a full set of teeth that have not been worn down too much. Using dentition, or the condition and wear, of the cow’s teeth can be a useful tool to determine if the cow should stay in the herd for another year.

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Challenges of Getting A Lepto Diagnosis

Challenges of Getting A Lepto Diagnosis

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

Less than half of abortions occurring in beef herds receive a diagnosis, either because producers don’t submit samples or the sampling and handling methods were inappropriate, says W. Mark Hilton, DVM, technical consultant with Elanco technical services.

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