Daily Archives: June 6, 2018

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 important farm management concepts

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 important farm management concepts

FarmTalk

  1. To err is human; to forgive failing to shut the gate sets a bad precedent.
  2. Sometimes procrastination actually works.

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Here’s What Reducing Pasture Recovery Periods Can Cost You

Here’s What Reducing Pasture Recovery Periods Can Cost You

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

We all know that giving our pastures enough time to recover before grazing them again is critical to our success. But what may be news is how big the impact of just a few days less of recovery can turn into a problem that costs us forage and money. Dave Pratt, CEO of Ranch Management Consultants, specializes in helping ranchers look at their operations so they can make more profitable choices. In this video he talks about the cost of not giving forage enough time to recover, and how you might slide into a vicious cycle by paying attention when your cows say, “MOOOOVE US!”

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Analysts expect some liquidation of U.S. beef cow herd

Analysts expect some liquidation of U.S. beef cow herd

Carol Ryan Dumas

Capital Press

Without rain soon, the continuing drought in cattle country is going to put a dent in beef cow numbers. The dry conditions also forced calves into feedlots earlier than usual, resulting in large supplies of fed cattle this summer.

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Sheep & cattle? The combination really works

Sheep & cattle? The combination really works

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

Picture a ranch scene from the 1940s or 50s, and maybe even the 60s. What images appear? A diversified scene, with some chickens pecking around the yard, a milk cow around the barn, perhaps a few hogs nearby and, of course, cattle and sheep in the pastures. Now picture that same ranch today. What’s missing? Everything except the cattle.

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Beef Quality Assurance Workshops Scheduled in Northwest Iowa

Beef Quality Assurance Workshops Scheduled in Northwest Iowa

Iowa Beef Center

Some beef packers are requiring beef producers to be Beef Quality Assurance certified. To aid producers in the certification process, the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and the Cherokee, Emmet and Calhoun County Cattlemen’s Associations are co-sponsoring a series of three BQA workshops in northwest Iowa this summer.

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Ag suicide on rise; bill could save lives

Ag suicide on rise; bill could save lives

Chuck Jolley

Feedstuffs

Last year, Jeremy Wolf decided to get out of farming. He set the end of this year as his target date. I learned about him when he posted his heartfelt thoughts on YouTube. “Sometimes the numbers just don’t work,” he said. Oddly, he was immediately attacked by a few other farmers who accused him of mismanagement and publicity seeking.

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The environmental impact of beef production in the United States: 1977 compared with 2007

The environmental impact of beef production in the United States: 1977 compared with 2007

  1. L. Capper

Journal of Animal Science

Consumers often perceive that the modern beef production system has an environmental impact far greater than that of historical systems, with improved efficiency being achieved at the expense of greenhouse gas emissions. The objective of this study was to compare the environmental impact of modern (2007) US beef production with production practices characteristic of the US beef system in 1977.

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