Daily Archives: April 12, 2018

Commodity vs. high quality cattle like leisure vs. pro golfing

Commodity vs. high quality cattle like leisure vs. pro golfing

Nicole Lane Erceg

The Fence Post

To some, it looks like insanity — chasing a tiny white ball around attempting to hit it into a hole only slightly bigger. For me, it’s a passion. I love playing golf. Unfortunately, I’m not great at it. It’s not that I don’t have good equipment or the right genetics (my father golfed competitively at the collegiate level). I’m a leisurely player. I have not invested in lessons or spent hours on the driving range. Most of my time spent on the course is for pure entertainment.

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Intentional Management: Matching Needs With Resources

Intentional Management: Matching Needs With Resources

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

A number of years ago, I had the privileged of visiting one of the many cattle ranches operated by Lykes Brothers in Florida.  If you’re not familiar with the name, Lykes is one of the top five largest cow-calf operations in the nation with over 600,000 acres of pasture, orchards and timber and 16,000+ head of cattle. This being my first visit, I didn’t exactly know what to expect. But from the moment we pulled into the center of the pastures, I knew I was in for a treat.

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It’s Better to Feed More Hay, than Graze Too Soon!

It’s Better to Feed More Hay, than Graze Too Soon!

Victor Shelton

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

The livestock are also getting tired of the wet conditions and continuous showers. I’ve had several calls from people looking for hay. This is a really bad time to be running out. The latest call was someone who had just fed their last bales and did not want to turn out on pasture yet until they had enough forage growth.

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Beef Cow Nutrition Before and After Calving

Beef Cow Nutrition Before and After Calving

Pennsylvania State University

Beef cattle are the scavengers of the livestock business. They can turn high fiber forages and food by-product residuals into protein food at a very effective rate. For the cow herd there is seldom a period during the year when the cow cannot meet her nutritional needs with reasonable quality grass, hay, or stored forages. The exception for these nutritional needs is for the 60 days prior to calving and immediately after calving.

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Anger Over Anaplasmosis

Anger Over Anaplasmosis

Greg Henderson


Jason Lewis discovered the first dead cow in September of last year. It was the beginning of an odyssey that left him, the ranch owner and several other area producers questioning their management, relationships with suppliers, and even government oversight on how medicated feeds are produced and the new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD).

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Four factors that contribute to feed hygiene

Four factors that contribute to feed hygiene

Charles Schwab

Ag Daily

As the latest farm management practices are adopted and new ensiling technology continues to emerge to improve feed fermentation, the opportunities for improved feed hygiene also grows. The term “feed hygiene” refers to the anti-nutritional factors that affect the purity and sanitation of feeds – from the field, to fermentation, and through feed out. Even while knowledge in the sector of anti-nutritional factors continues to grow, and management factors that contribute to poor feed hygiene are identified, an easy solution to combat all of these aspects remains unfound.

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Congress lukewarm on China trade assistance for farmers

Congress lukewarm on China trade assistance for farmers

Jacqui Fatka


In recent days, the Trump Administration has ratcheted up its call for support for farmers in dealing with ongoing market ramifications from the China trade dispute. However, Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts (R., Kan.), when speaking with media Tuesday morning, was quick to point out that farmers want support from markets, not the government.

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