Daily Archives: June 27, 2018

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 excuses for weedy fields

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 excuses for weedy fields


  1. Herbicide resistance (resistance to paying for herbicides).
  2. Waiting to see if the volunteer corn outperforms the soybeans.

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Livestock Handling Safety

Livestock Handling Safety

Kent McGuire

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

There are many activities during the summer that involve working with livestock. No matter if you are moving animals to different pastures, providing veterinary care, or youth working with 4H animals for the fair, safety should be a priority when handling livestock.

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How Long Should a Pasture Recovery Period Be? – Part 2

How Long Should a Pasture Recovery Period Be? – Part 2

Dave Pratt

On Pasture

The biggest mistake people make in grazing management is providing too short a recovery period for plants after grazing. How long recovery takes depends on a number of things including the type of plants we have, on our goals – like stockpiling to extend the grazing season or other management objectives – and how severely the plants were grazed in the past.

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Keep Momma Happy to Get the DNA You Paid For

Keep Momma Happy to Get the DNA You Paid For

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

A lot of thought and dollars go into building a herd of cows with good phenotypes. But it’s an investment that may never pay dividends, without an emphasis on low stress management during gestation. Turns out, a stressed cow, regardless of her DNA, is still liable to produce an aggressive or difficult-to-manage calf.

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5 ways to prevent & treat pinkeye

5 ways to prevent & treat pinkeye

Amanda Radke

Beef Magazine

“Prevention of pinkeye is difficult because it is a complicated, multifaceted disease,” says Michell Arnold, DVM, ruminant Extension veterinarian for the University of Kentucky, in a recent article, published on The Ohio State University’s Beef Cattle Letter. “The best plan is to reduce or remove as many risk factors as possible that can result in damage to the corneal surface. Any damage will allow the bacteria to cling to the corneal surface and grow.

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Cattle pest control vital on the ranch

Cattle pest control vital on the ranch

The Cattle Business Weekly

Integrated pest management concepts that are commonplace for controlling crop pests also apply to controlling livestock pests, North Dakota State University Extension livestock and pest management specialists say.

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Why does the farm bill matter to you?

Why does the farm bill matter to you?

Jenny Schlecht


The importance of the farm bill is majorly focused on providing the safest, the least costly, the most secure and most abundant food supply in the world,” Schafer says. And since everyone eats, everyone has a stake in that. “Farm bills are something that really bring lawmakers together,” agrees Ellen Vollinger, SNAP director at the Food Research and Action Center.

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Cattle Heat Stress

Cattle Heat Stress

Jason Garrett

Overton County News

Hot temperatures are here and beef producers need to be aware of the heat stress their cattle are under. When it’s extremely hot, cattle accumulate a heat load during the day and it lowers at night when cooler temperatures set in.

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Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue: “Donald Trump Will Protect American Farmers from China’s Trade Retaliation”

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue: “Donald Trump Will Protect American Farmers from China’s Trade Retaliation”


American producers have benefited from the policies of the Trump administration, including historic tax reforms and reduced regulations. And farmers know that 20 cents of every dollar of their income relies on trade, which is why they are watching the situation with China closely. The simple truth is that when trading partners break the rules, there must be consequences.

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Beef Improvement Federation honors beef scientist

Beef Improvement Federation honors beef scientist

High Plains Journal

The Beef Improvement Federation presented Dr. R. Mark Thallman, Blue Hill, Nebraska, the BIF Pioneer Award during the group’s recent annual meeting and symposium in Loveland, Colorado.

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