Daily Archives: June 15, 2018

BeefTalk: Future of Beef Revisited – Consumer Issues and Demand

BeefTalk: Future of Beef Revisited – Consumer Issues and Demand

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension

After four decades of engaging consumers and integrating producers, I still ponder.

The sensitivity between consumers and beef producers is increasing, but the sensitivity may not always be on the same tracks. Consumers register their opinion at the checkout counter through product selection and validate their expressed opinions by how they shop and how much they pay.

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Tall Fescue Challenges Can Be Managed

Tall Fescue Challenges Can Be Managed


Across the Southeast, beef cattle are knee-deep in tall fescue now, generating concerns of fescue toxicosis. It’s an age-old ailment that’s known to produce rough hair coats, heat stress, suppressed appetite, poor growth and reduced calving rates.

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Farm Hack Fly Traps

Farm Hack Fly Traps

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

I recently joined the Regenerative Grazing Group Facebook page. Participants share information and ask questions about what’s going on in their pastures and help each other think about how we can all be better grazing managers. If you’re a facebooker, you can check it out. In the meantime, I asked if I could share this great fly management hack I found there.

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Hay Moisture Levels

Hay Moisture Levels

Chris Penrose and Dan Lima

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

With the limited opportunities and short windows many have had to make hay so far this year, some hay may have been made at higher moisture levels than we would like.

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NCBA Gives Senate Farm Bill a Thumbs Up Hopeful for Speedy Process of Approval Moving Forward

NCBA Gives Senate Farm Bill a Thumbs Up Hopeful for Speedy Process of Approval Moving Forward

Oklahoma Farm Report

The US Senate’s version of a 2018 Farm Bill was deliberately crafted to be a bipartisan bill – “a boring bill,” as described by some in the Washington, DC Beltway. Allison Rivera of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s DC office says, though, there are some things in that measure, passed out of committee Wednesday, that are very positive for the cattle industry.

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Is It More Efficient to Move the Cows Or Move the Feed?

Is It More Efficient to Move the Cows Or Move the Feed?

Sara Brown

Farm Journal

If that is not economical, producers can consider limit feeding a high concentrate diet to cows in a drylot environment. In this case, an energy-dense ration based on grain or byproduct feeds such as distillers’ grains would be fed in limited quantity so that the cows receive adequate nutrition to maintain BCS, but not enough to get fat. Because the diet is essentially a finishing diet for feedlot cattle, careful management is needed to avoid nutritional disorders such as acidosis.

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Many aspects in measuring cow-calf production efficiency

Many aspects in measuring cow-calf production efficiency

Donald Stotts

Oklahoma State University

While economic efficiency measures focus on optimal use of inputs relative to the value of outputs in cow-calf operations, changes in output values or input costs can lead to improved returns due solely to changing market conditions while masking stagnant or even declining physical productivity.

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How Good Accounting Practices Aid Decision Making

How Good Accounting Practices Aid Decision Making

Austin Duerfeldt

Farm Journal

It was 2011. I was hired as an accountant to review a farm operation and its various operations: corn, soybeans, dairy, beef, hogs, and chickens. Corn and soybean prices were setting record highs every day it seemed. The livestock markets also were doing well. For the given economic climate the farm operation review should have been relatively straightforward. Unfortunately, I found that not to be the case.

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Silage Safety Is Even More Critical When School’s Out

Silage Safety Is Even More Critical When School’s Out

Anna-Lisa Laca


Throughout the country schools are getting ready to close for summer. You know what that means: watermelon, popsicles, pools and for farm kids, longer days spent on the dairy. Do your kids know basic rules to stay safe around your silage bunkers and piles? Do your employees kids know them?

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Fixing gullies the right way

Fixing gullies the right way

Jay Jordan

Late harvest on beans and field corn last year forced many producers to plant their cover crops late and some fields were left bare over winter into early spring. A wet fall followed by intense early spring rainfall has led to many fields across the area with considerable gully erosion.

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