Daily Archives: February 21, 2018

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 unexpected chores for the day

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 unexpected chores for the day


  1. Well, there’s a live (for now) possum to be removed from the feed barrel ‘cause somebody left the lid off.

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5 Ways Winter Farm & Ranch Chores Are Like the Winter Olympics

5 Ways Winter Farm & Ranch Chores Are Like the Winter Olympics

Buzzard’s Beat

I’d like to say I am a big fan of winter. But that would be a lie. I look like a purple and black version of the Michelin Man… BUT I’M WARM! I hate hot weather but I don’t exactly love frigid temps. I love snow and chilly weather during the month of December and then right about January 10, I am ready for spring. As I schlep buckets of dried distillers grains from the grain bin to the truck and from the truck to the feed bunk, I can’t help but think about how I’m performing my own kind of Winter Olympics. Ranchy, snowy olympics, that is.

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When temperatures dip, it’s time to torque up the ration

When temperatures dip, it’s time to torque up the ration

Peter Vitti


Beef cow diets developed at the beginning of winter when temperatures were mild are not adequate to meet their energy requirements when new year’s winds blow. That’s because pregnant beef cows need extra calories in order to keep warm, rather than burning up fat reserves needed for the upcoming calving season.

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Basic Beef Production Guidelines

Basic Beef Production Guidelines

Penn State University

Raising beef cattle can be a profitable enterprise. However, there are several management skills that each beef producer should have to be successful. Each beef cattle enterprise has different resources: land, labor, capital, feed and management. To raise beef cattle profitably, you must manage these resources to maximize returns. Below are some guidelines to make this enterprise successful.

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VFD survey from land-grant universities

VFD survey from land-grant universities

South Dakota Cattleman’s Association

Michigan State University Extension, in partnership with SDSU and other Land-Grant Universities, is conducting a nationwide survey of food-animal producers to learn more about how the VFD rules that have been in effect just over a year have impacted animal agriculture.

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No one-size-fits-all solution to farm transfer

No one-size-fits-all solution to farm transfer

Blake Knickelbein

Wisconsin Agriculturalist

Farm succession planning revolves around the goal of ensuring that the farm stays in the family for another generation. Our office takes pride in working with families to create a structure that maximizes the possibility that a farm remains in the family for multiple generations. One tool used to help farms succeed to the next generation is a buy-sell agreement.

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Animal Agriculture Alliance Summit, “Protect Your Roots,” set for May 3-4

Animal Agriculture Alliance Summit, “Protect Your Roots,” set for May 3-4

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam will give attendees at the 2018 Stakeholders Summit a glimpse of how animal agriculture has evolved over the years while offering advice for those facing pressure to return to the old ways. The Summit, set for May 3-4, 2018, will be held at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va.

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