Daily Archives: May 18, 2018

Calving: What possibly could go wrong?

Calving: What possibly could go wrong?

The Beef RoundTable

While many ranchers have moved calving dates later in the spring, problems can still occur. Here are some tips to get you through one of the busiest times of the year.

House 2018 Farm Bill fails

House 2018 Farm Bill fails

Julie Harker

Brownfield AG Network

The House farm bill has been voted down on a vote of 198 to 213.  House speaker Paul Ryan’s motion to reconsider was suspended, and another vote could be coming. All Democrats, as well as 30 Republicans led by the House Freedom Caucus, voted against the farm bill. The bill lost all support from Democrats when it passed out of the House Ag Committee because of the addition of more SNAP recipient work requirements.

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Early pregnancy diagnosis could pay off

Early pregnancy diagnosis could pay off

Ryan D. Rhoades

Progressive Cattleman

As we head into the summer, dry conditions in most of the West may force producers to evaluate alternative management strategies. Open cows or potential replacement heifers are costly, especially when feed resources are limited

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Sacrificing Clovers for the Greater Good

Sacrificing Clovers for the Greater Good

Christine Gelley

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

As our world becomes increasingly connected, weed pressures and populations continue to expand. The diversity of a typical mid-west pasture creates difficulties when it comes to dealing with weed populations. These pastures usually contain a mixture of grasses, legumes, and forbs, some of which are beneficial and some of which are weeds.

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Plaut chosen to lead College of Agriculture

Plaut chosen to lead College of Agriculture

Purdue University

Karen Plaut is the new Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture at Purdue University. Plaut was selected from a group of three finalists after a national search. She succeeds Jay T. Akridge, who became Purdue provost and chief diversity officer in November 2017 following an interim role in that position that began in July.

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Threat of Foreign Animal Disease Deserves Attention, Funding

Threat of Foreign Animal Disease Deserves Attention, Funding

John Maday


An outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in the United States would create significant economic disruption, but its scope, duration and cost depends on our level of preparation, as much as on the nature and severity of the outbreak.

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Take safety measures when integrating new animals

Take safety measures when integrating new animals

Michigan Farmer

Help reduce the risk and bring home healthy animals by asking a few questions and inspecting animals properly. Michigan State University Extension also recommends providing adequate quarantine when animals are brought home.

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Crossbreeding Considerations:  Simplicity, management key to successful program 

Crossbreeding Considerations:  Simplicity, management key to successful program 

Lisa Henderson

A Steak in Genomics™

Fewer open cows, less death loss, more growth, more milk and more efficiency. Those are the significant economic advantages crossbreeding can offer your cattle operation.

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Beef Improvement Federation Celebrates 50 years

Beef Improvement Federation Celebrates 50 years

Lisa Bard

Tennessee Cattleman’s Association

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) is celebrating 50 years in 2018. Themed “Elevating the Industry,” the Annual Meeting and Research Symposium is poised not only to celebrate the last 50 years but launch into the next 50.

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Is More Cattle Grazing the Solution to Saving Our Soil?

Is More Cattle Grazing the Solution to Saving Our Soil?

Maryn McKenna

National Geographic

“What can we do to increase productivity, make this pasture more diverse, get more species of grasses to return here?” he asks the 50 people clustered around him in paddock boots and seed-company caps. They look at him raptly, and he gives them the answer they drove hours to hear: “We can use livestock. Livestock is the most powerful tool we have.”

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