Daily Archives: April 2, 2018

Baxter Black, DVM: OL’ BUDDY

Baxter Black, DVM:  OL’ BUDDY

Ernie’s an artist. He’s a rawhide man. He plaits California vaquero style headstalls, romals, reins, reatas and other fancy stuff. When you ride with Ernie you always feel like yer in a parade.

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HOLD THE OIL

HOLD THE OIL

ROBERT JONES M.S. AND JASON WARNER. PH.D.

Feedlot Magazine

One could make a very strong argument that the development of the bio-fuel industry and proliferation of dry-mill ethanol plants across the major grain production regions of the U.S. has had the single greatest impact on how we feed cattle over the last 25+ years. There certainly have been many other advances made in the field of cattle nutrition, but the increased production of an  economical feedstuff such as distillers grains is arguably one of the greatest.

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Management Considerations to Improve Success of Artificial Insemination Program April 10

Management Considerations to Improve Success of Artificial Insemination Program April 10

University of Nebraska

Producers with an interest in the use of artificial insemination are encouraged to attend an upcoming program “Management Considerations to Improve Success of Artificial Insemination” by Dr. Rick Funston on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 PM MDT / 7:30 PM CDT. This will be an online meeting which can be accessed via the internet or by calling in by phone.

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Room for Ruminants in a Sustainable Future? Taking a Step Back to Find More Steps Forward

Room for Ruminants in a Sustainable Future? Taking a Step Back to Find More Steps Forward

Marcia DeLonge

Union of Concerned Scientists

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Ruminants, especially cattle (particularly beef cattle), have gotten a bad rap for their effects on climate, water, land and health. However, research and practice also point to cases in which ruminants can help improve the sustainability of farms, increasing farm resilience to extreme weather and supporting the livelihoods of some of the land’s best stewards.

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3 Silage Safety Tips

3 Silage Safety Tips

Anna-Lisa Laca

Drovers

The recent death of Wisconsin farmers in a silage silo is a heartbreaking reminder of the importance of silage safety. “In the farming community, every year we hear stories of on-farm accidents while working around silage that affect both workers and bystanders, regardless of their age and experience,” says Bob Charley, Ph.D., Forage Products Management, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “It is unfortunate that many people are not aware there is a danger but, in reality, there is.”

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Here’s why premiums, regardless of the current cattle cycle, matter

Here’s why premiums, regardless of the current cattle cycle, matter

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

If recent history and long-term forecasts are any indication, then the cattle cycle will remain flatter, suggesting that controlling cost and exploiting premium price opportunities will be keys to maintaining or increasing revenue.

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The sad truth of using public lands for cattle grazing

The sad truth of using public lands for cattle grazing

Erik Molvar

The Hill

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Thanks to a legal settlement between conservation groups and the National Park Service, Point Reyes National Seashore has now stopped blindly rubber-stamping long-term dairy and beef grazing leases on public land, and the agency will write a general management plan that hopefully will guide this cattle-bitten area toward a more environmentally sustainable future.

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