Service helps predict pasture grass health
Just how much grass will those pastures produce this season? For livestock producers, this is a question worth asking, but finding the answer has been tough. For Northern Plains producers, a new online tool could help. Under development for the past few years, the new Grassland Productivity Forecast, or Grass-Cast, is now available.
Staying off the bloat boat
Hay and Forage Grower
“We manage it as best we can.” That’s the typical response I get from livestock producers, beef or dairy, when I ask them about bloat issues from their pure or nearly pure legume pastures, especially those comprised of alfalfa and clovers.
Considering Creep Feeding?
The Cattle Business Weekly
Would you like to see a smoother and healthier transition of calves from weaning to going on feed, as well as boost calf weaning weights by 70 to 100 lbs.? What about keeping your cows in better body condition going into fall and post-weaning – and, leaving more grass in your pastures?
Beef Exports Continue to Impress with Another Record Setting Month, Despite All the Political Noise
Oklahoma Farm Report
Thus far here in 2018, according to the US Meat Export Federation, each month the export numbers for beef have looked really, really good. Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Glynn Tonsor says the latest numbers especially, are just another testament to how well we’re doing with beef exports here in 2018.
Made in the Shade: Cattle perform better when they can get out of the sun
Tri State Livestock News
Food, water, shelter. They’re considered the most basic of necessities for humans; do they also apply to cattle? Studies throughout the last decade have indicated that shade increases the comfort and productivity in cattle, whether that is through weight gain, milk production, or fertility.
Gene Editing–Touching All Avenues of Ag
Twentieth-century advances in plants and animal breeding did much to help the increasing food, fiber, feed, and fuel needs of an expanding world. But continued population growth, resource shortages, climate change, and pest prevalence makes sustainability a daunting yest essential task.
Weather and market conditions important to annual low carcass weights.
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
USDA carcass-weight data for the week beginning April 30 brought us closer to the anticipated 2018 low mark for fed steer and heifer carcass weights. It’s commonly understood that the youngest calf-fed, spring-born animals comprise much of the fed-cattle harvest in May. That pulls carcass weights down to their annual lows, as seasonal data have proven time and again.
Grant D. Crawford
Tahlequah Daily Press
Many in and around Cherokee County make their living, or at least part of it, in the livestock business. That is why it is important for cattleman and ranchers to protect assets by mitigating the risks of livestock operations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is in place to help residents of Adair, Cherokee and Sequoyah Counties.
Learning can be fun … if you have a cow
Last summer, I applied to the Minnesota Youth Beef Experience Program (MYBEP) to win a free, registered beef heifer. The MYBEP program is open to youth ages 12-16 who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to agriculture. Through the program, I won the South Devon heifer – Bobbi Lane. Since I received Bobbi Lane at the Minnesota Beef Expo last October I have enjoyed fulfilling my required responsibilities: taking care of her, writing quarterly progress reports and scrapbooking.
Auctioneering is where fast-talking and fast-selling meet
Do you ever get that feeling that somebody’s watching you? If you’re at auctioneer school, odds are lots of people are watching you — the entire class and instructors, in fact. “It gives me butterflies,” said Chad Simmons, who, along with fiancée Michelle Rose, went through the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in High Point, North Carolina, this year.