Daily Archives: February 23, 2018

BeefTalk: Do Not Be Afraid to Moderate Cow Size, But Select Good Bulls

BeefTalk: Do Not Be Afraid to Moderate Cow Size, But Select Good Bulls

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Specialist

“How does a beef producer get a handle on cow size?” is an often-asked question I get during bull-buying workshops. The question is complex because the foundation of the “cow size” issue rests with the development and implementation of cattle breeding systems.

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First Milk Sets a Calf Up For Success

First Milk Sets a Calf Up For Success

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

The first six hours of life are when the best colostrum absorption takes place; after that, it drops substantially. Research shows the amount of antibodies in the calf going from about 66% at six hours after birth to less than 10% at 24 hours.

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Cull Market Weaker than Anticipated, Yet Small Uptick Gives Producers Short Window to Sell Higher

Cull Market Weaker than Anticipated, Yet Small Uptick Gives Producers Short Window to Sell Higher

Oklahoma Farm Report

According to market watcher Jim Robb of the Livestock Market Information Center, several factors are currently at play which have driven cull cow prices lower. “We’ve seen a cull cow market that’s been weaker than anticipated,” he said, pointing out that January prices were even more depressed than those seen the month before in December across the Southern Plains. “What we think has happened here is we have an increased number of beef cows coming to slaughter and that’s been up year to date 12 percent year-over-year.”

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Indiana Ag Leaders: NAFTA Overhaul Would Devastate Farmers

Indiana Ag Leaders: NAFTA Overhaul Would Devastate Farmers

US News

Leaders of Indiana’s agriculture industry say President Donald Trump’s plan to either overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement or withdraw the U.S. from the deal could be a dangerous blow to the state’s farmers. The 1994 trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico has benefited American farmers who export corn and other products, The Journal Gazette reported. But Trump has blamed the pact for a loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs.

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Reed canarygrass: environmental foe, cattle food?

Reed canarygrass: environmental foe, cattle food?

Morning AG Clips

a non-native grass species has been wreaking havoc in wetlands all over the U.S. Reed canarygrass displaces native, high-seed producing species. The grass forms dense stands and clogs patches of open water in the wetland. It can survive through cold winters and tolerates both drought and moist conditions. “It’s aggressive; nothing stops its growth,” said John Guretzky. Guretzky is a grassland systems ecologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He’s been studying an innovative way to contain the reed canarygrass’s destruction of seed-producing plants in wetlands.

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Make the Endophyte Switch: Toxicity Issues

Make the Endophyte Switch: Toxicity Issues

Wyatt Bechtel


Tall fescue has been a popular grazing option for a large portion of the country for many years since its introduction from England in the late 1800s. The hardy, cool season annual is the most widely introduced grass in the U.S. Fescue accounts for an estimated 40 million acres of pasture and hay ground nationally.

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Genomic Testing: Measuring Genetic Merit

Genomic Testing: Measuring Genetic Merit

Caroline Graham

Red Angus News

Through genomic testing, the DNA of an animal is assessed to produce molecular breeding values that enhance maternal, performance, and carcass EPDs. Without the use of genomic testing, the EPDs of an animal are based largely on the hard data provided for their calves – i.e. growth data, carcass data, etc.

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Bovine viral diarrhea: Why one strain hitting so many herds?

Bovine viral diarrhea: Why one strain hitting so many herds?

Ann Hess


Bovine viral diarrhea virus is a coat of many colors. As Dr. Stephen Foulke, professional service veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim points out, we may call it bovine viral diarrhea virus, or BVDV for short, but diarrhea is probably one of the least common symptoms when it comes to the disease.

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How federal tax reform will, and won’t, help farmers

How federal tax reform will, and won’t, help farmers

American Agriculturalist

We’ve read stories about the Tax Reform Act will help everybody. But what do you see as the greatest opportunity for farmers to benefit? Taxpayer-friendly relief The law is one thing; yet-to-be-written regulations (details) are another. But doubling the standard deduction is likely to reduce itemizers from 30% of taxpayers to 10%. That means a less complicated national return, and who doesn’t like less complication?

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As beef production grows, MU economist hopes demand stays strong

As beef production grows, MU economist hopes demand stays strong

Samantha Athey


From cattle prices to dry weather, ranchers in the Four States have a lot on their minds these days. These issues and others were hot topics at the 49th annual Beef Cattlemen’s Conference held recently in Monett, Missouri. “We start 2018 here with some higher calf prices,” said Scott Brown, University of Missouri agricultural economist. “It’s been a very nice start to the year. I, in many ways, think we could find 2018 to be very similar to the kind of year we had in 2017.”

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