Mark Parker: The Top 10 signs old age is edging closer
- Not only do you remember Uncle Joe from the Shady Rest Hotel at Petticoat Junction, you’re beginning to look like him.
- A young farmer mentions something “going viral” so you suggest he call the vet.
Mineral Basics: Feed to This Year’s Conditions
Victoria G. Myers
It’s often what you can’t see that makes the biggest difference. Minerals, for example, affect a lot of what’s going on inside a cow. While the cost of a good program can be pennies a day, it’s only money well spent if it meets the needs of the herd.
Pennsylvania Township Bans ‘Industrial Farming,’ Is That Legal?
In a 2-1 vote, the supervisors of Todd Township in Huntingdon County, Penn., adopted a Community Bill of Rights ordinance that bans industrial farming. Proponents say it protects family farms, opponents say it’s anti-farming. Whether or not the ordinance will even hold up to state law is yet to be determined.
Meet 86-Year-Old Rancher Minnie Lou Bradley
Garden and Gun
Some little girls want dolls or pretty clothes. Minnie Lou Bradley wanted a book on livestock judging—so she cleaned chicken roosts till she’d earned enough money to buy it. By nine years old, she was showing lambs; at thirteen, she got her first Angus cow. Ranching is a male-dominated field, but Bradley had such a knack for livestock that people couldn’t help but take notice.
Help Calves Hit the Ground Running
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
“Diseases in calfhood have a major economic impact on cattle operations,” Nielsen notes. “There are direct losses from treatment costs or death losses. More than that — there is the opportunity cost. During illnesses, calves divert energy from growth to their immune system. The metabolic energy that could have been used for gains is now spent fighting sickness.”
Could we genetically select cattle for drought?
Kansas State University researchers say they are making steady progress on a study that will help define how water intake relates to a cow’s ability to adapt to drought or heat stress. Megan Rolf, an assistant professor of animal breeding and genetics, says the cattle industry has sparse information on how much water individual cattle drink each day. Most research to date has estimated an animal’s water intake based on an average for an entire pen of cattle, she said.
Fall fescue growth can provide excellent feed source
Bristol Herald Courier
Following an unusually warm February, we had a very cold and wet early spring. Hay yields were good in many areas, but the wet weather proved to be very challenging to get hay cut and baled in good condition. Due to hay being cut and baled later this spring, the quality of the hay is likely lower in quality and should be forage-tested to identify its nutritive value.