Daily Archives: May 30, 2018

What makes ‘grassfed beef’ different from conventionally raised beef?

What makes ‘grassfed beef’ different from conventionally raised beef?

Pete Bauman and Dr. Allen Williams

iGrow

This is perhaps the most common, and sometimes most complex question that arises amongst those hoping to understand the similarities and differences between conventional and grass fed beef. There are two similar and important terms that are primarily used when discussing grass-based livestock production as compared to conventional livestock systems: grass fed and grass finished.

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Justice OKs Bayer purchase of Monsanto with divestitures

Justice OKs Bayer purchase of Monsanto with divestitures

The Fence Post

The Justice Department today approved Bayer AG’s acquisition of Monsanto as long as Bayer sells approximately $9 billion in businesses and assets to BASF. In announcing the approval of Bayer’s plan to pay $66 billion to take over Monsanto, the Justice Department emphasized the required divestitures.

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Good silage: a matter of fermentation and stability

Good silage: a matter of fermentation and stability

Luiz Ferraretto

Hay and Forage

Attention to detail is required in order to achieve a successful ensiling process. The objective of this article is to provide an overview of the fermentation process, aerobic stability, and to briefly discuss strategies to optimize each of them.

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Simple Soil Tests You Can Do At Home

Simple Soil Tests You Can Do At Home

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

If you are outside and want to know something about the soil you are working with, and don’t have any fancy equipment, then this is for you. With a little bit of experience you can get an idea of how much organic matter you have in your soil, how much clay you have, and how acidic or basic your soil is. The equipment you need is: 1) your eyes; 2) your hands; 3) a little water; and 4) a piece of pH litmus paper (never leave home without it).

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‘If you like the cow, you like the bull’

‘If you like the cow, you like the bull’

Jamie Hawley

Progressive Cattleman

After receiving an engineering degree and being in the restaurant business, Bill Roe never thought he would become a cattleman. But here he is, 23 years later, operating an Angus seedstock operation in southwest Ohio. Now he and his wife, Bev, take genetics and educational programs to the next level as they market their cattle – directly from their farm.

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Protecting animal agriculture’s roots: Cultivating relationships important

Protecting animal agriculture’s roots: Cultivating relationships important

Hannah Thompson

The Cattle Business Weekly

One way the animal agriculture industry can share their roots is by engaging with media about what they do on their farm or in their company. Jenny Splitter, a freelance food, science and health writer, Tamara Hinton, senior vice president of Story Partners and Phil Brasher, senior editor of AgriPulse gave recommendations to help farmers and ranchers cultivate relationships with journalists and reporters.

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Start creep-feeding calves with the first blades of grass

Start creep-feeding calves with the first blades of grass

Peter Vitti

Grainews

By the time the first blades of grass shoot up in pasture, I will have asked about of a dozen beef producers whether they plan to creep feed their spring calves in grazing season of 2018. I believe in providing a fresh batch of calves with extra nutrients that complement the essential nutrients taken from nursing their mothers as well as grazed from green grass.

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When Should We Mow Pastures

When Should We Mow Pastures?

Chris Penrose

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

The spring of 2018 was the latest I can remember feeding hay to cattle and many producers were searching at the last minute to find some extra hay. Pastures were very slow growing this spring until it finally warmed up in early May. On my farm, common orchardgrass typically starts heading out in late April and it was two weeks later this year.

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Allison Schmuck Has a Passion for Beef Cattle

Allison Schmuck Has a Passion for Beef Cattle

Sandra Lepley

Lancaster Farming

In addition to earning the esteemed Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association Young CattleWoman of the Year award, the Somerset County ninth-grader spent last year overcoming Hodgkin lymphoma. After 16 weeks of intensive in-patient chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh last fall, she returned to her country life and her cows. She’s since been diagnosed cancer-free. “She missed out on a lot of shows last year, and the Somerset County Fair at the end of August was the first time she showed,” said her mother Kim. “But, the first place she wanted to be after her chemo treatments was the barn, no matter how good or bad she was feeling. It was the best therapy in the world for her.”

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Tell clients about mineral timing and balance

Tell clients about mineral timing and balance

Alan Newport

Beef Vet

In discussions about mineral supplementation, it’s good to remind your clients that the timing for correcting mineral deficiencies is critical. Since many of these problems manifest in calves and begin in utero, the fast-growth third trimester is a critical time to be certain cows are full-up on supplements, says Dr. Jeffery Hall, toxicology lab manager for the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

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