Daily Archives: April 11, 2018

Mark Parker: The Top 10 Pasture Diseases

Mark Parker: The Top 10 Pasture Diseases


  1. Armadillo blight: Possums on the half-shell rooting up your pasture.
  2. Neighboritis: The guy to the south is staging a survival contest — musk thistle vs. johnsongrass.

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Animal ID traceability: Expensive, but worth the risk?

Animal ID traceability: Expensive, but worth the risk?

Carrie Veselka

Progressive Cattleman

The subject of animal traceability has been bouncing from boardroom to courtroom to corral for years. The global and domestic demand for traceability has highlighted the need for a nationwide animal ID traceability system.

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Alternative Cow-Calf Production System

Alternative Cow-Calf Production System

Russ Quinn


Declining cattle numbers in some regions of the country are a door of opportunity for Nebraska’s producers. That’s what Jim MacDonald believes, and it was the focus of a recent field day at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead.

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Should pork use beef quality grade terms?

Should pork use beef quality grade terms?

Western Livestock Journal

The proposal would have used familiar beef terms like “Prime,” “Choice,” and “Select” as quality grades for pork. “The quality grades of Prime, Choice, and Select have a long history in our industry of indicating quality of beef products, and they have become an inherent part of the beef marketing system in the United States.

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Injectable Trace Mineral did not Influence Reproductive Performance in Beef Heifers

Injectable Trace Mineral did not Influence Reproductive Performance in Beef Heifers

Shelby A. Springman, John G. Maddux, Mary E. Drewnoski and Rick N. Funston

University of Nebraska

Many producers provide a free-choice trace mineral to grazing cattle throughout the year. Trace minerals have been shown to have an essential role in reproduction. When a free-choice trace mineral supplement is provided, some individual animals will consume more than the recommended amount, while others may consume none at all.

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Putting science into grass management

Putting science into grass management

Ray Ford

Canadian Cattleman

When it came out of Colorado in the 1990s, the Grazing Response Index (GRI) was strictly at home on the range. Now Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Jodie Horvath says that, with a few tweaks, the grass management tool can help graziers on Western Canada’s tame pastures, too.

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Can Responsible Grazing Make Beef Climate-Neutral?

Can Responsible Grazing Make Beef Climate-Neutral?

Valerie Brown


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.

Though most livestock production impacts the climate, the regenerative agriculture movement recognizes many benefits to properly managed livestock grazing, including carbon sequestration, restoring topsoil, improving ecosystem biodiversity, reducing pesticide and fertilizer inputs, and producing more nutritious food.

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