Daily Archives: May 23, 2018

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 statements made before all heck breaks loose

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 statements made before all heck breaks loose

FarmTalk

  1. (Looking in the rear view mirror) Um, where’s the trailer, man?
  2. Are those cows on this side of the fence or the other side?

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Sassy Calving: More Fun ~ Less Work

Sassy Calving: More Fun ~ Less Work

John Marble

On Pasture

Over the past ten years or so I have read many, many articles encouraging ranchers to calve in sync with nature, to calve when the other ungulate-ruminants calve. In other words, suggesting we calve in the spring rather than winter. The basis for most of this writing has been economics: a discussion of costs, inputs, margins, and all that other stuff that either: 1) Puts people to sleep, or 2) Makes them mad as hell.

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Expression of Estrus Before Fixed-time AI Affects Conception Rates

Expression of Estrus Before Fixed-time AI Affects Conception Rates

Richardson, S. Hill, J. Stevenson, G. Djira, and G. Perry (summarized by Steve Boyles)

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Expression of estrus after Prostaglandin administration and before fixed-time AI has been reported to change the uterine environment, increase accessory sperm numbers, fertilization rates, and overall embryo survival. Thus, expression of estrus can strongly impact overall pregnancy success. Because of variation in percentage of beef females detected in estrus and number of animals per study, it can be difficult to detect a significant effect of estrus on pregnancy success.

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Missouri first state to pass fake meat bill

Missouri first state to pass fake meat bill

Ag Daily

Missouri has become the first state to address the fake meat issue with legislation, sending a signal to other states to follow suit. The bill prohibits misrepresenting a product as meat that was not derived from harvested livestock. The legislation comes at a time when laboratory grown meat is being debated throughout the country and in Washington. D.C.

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Four Webinars on Genetic Selection Tools for Cattle Producers now Available

Four Webinars on Genetic Selection Tools for Cattle Producers now Available

University of Nebraska

As part of the National Cattlemens’ Beef Association webinar series, the eBEEF team conducted four webinars in the spring of 2018 focused on genetic selection tools available to beef cattle producers and how to put them into practice.

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Better ways found to predict energy value in feed ingredients

Better ways found to predict energy value in feed ingredients

Feedstuffs

To formulate cost-effective livestock diets based on energy, it’s vital to know the energy content of feed ingredients as accurately as possible. Researchers at the University of Illinois are working on more accurate ways to predict the energy value of ingredients.

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Defining “Sustainability” in Agriculture

Defining “Sustainability” in Agriculture

Tim Hammerich

Future of Ag

Marketers seem to love the word “sustainable”. They’ve nearly loved all of the meaning right out of the word. Can you blame them? Who wants to argue against being more sustainable? It is a word that makes it difficult to play devil’s advocate. The problem becomes, when should we be allowed to use the word? What does sustainability actually mean when it comes to agriculture?

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Bulls May Fail Breeding Soundness Exams

Bulls May Fail Breeding Soundness Exams

Farms.com

Some cattle producers may be frustrated with breeding soundness exams in bulls this spring. “Normally, warmer spring temperatures increase the pass rate of bull semen evaluation (BSE) exams,” says Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension veterinarian and livestock stewardship specialist. “However, the record cold in April can produce less than satisfactory results some six to eight weeks later.”

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Farm bill to get second vote in U.S. House in June

Farm bill to get second vote in U.S. House in June

Reuters

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote for a second time on a massive farm bill after the measure was defeated last week, the No. 3 Republican in the chamber said, according to Roll Call newspaper.  The vote on the $867 billion bill will be held on June 22, Republican Representative Steve Scalise said, Roll Call reported.

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World’s Richest Man Learned Work Ethic as a Kid on a Cattle Ranch

World’s Richest Man Learned Work Ethic as a Kid on a Cattle Ranch

Wyatt Bechtel

Farm Journal

Jeff Bezos, creator and owner of Amazon.com, is the world’s richest man with an estimated wealth of $130 billion and he points to summers spent on the family ranch as a turning point in his adolescence development.

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