Daily Archives: August 1, 2018

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 county fair headlines

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 county fair headlines

FarmTalk

10. Multi-block chase ends with mob of winded 4-H dads cornering runaway steer in downtown car wash.

9. Dieting foods judge snaps: devours grand champion cobbler.

Full Story

Feed-Through Fly Control

Feed-Through Fly Control

Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN

Let’s assume a 25-head herd and a mineral with a recommended consumption of 4 ounces per head per day. This means 100 ounces of mineral should be consumed each day by a herd that size, or 6.25 pounds per day. A 50-pound bag should last eight days. If a bag is lasting longer than it should, you have to figure out why.

Full Story

US red meat headed toward big disadvantage in Japan

US red meat headed toward big disadvantage in Japan

Meghan Grebner

Brownfield Ag Network

A livestock economist says the US beef and pork sectors could lose their competitive advantage in Japan.  Japan’s agreements with the EU and the 11-member Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership are headed toward implementation giving those countries preferential duty access.

Full Story

Tips to Consider when Stacking and Storing Hay This Season

Tips to Consider when Stacking and Storing Hay This Season

Farms.com

No matter what materials hay producers choose to bind forage with, the method of storage throughout the summer, into the fall and winter is important to maintaining forage quality, as well as minimizing waste and simultaneously cost of production.
To maximize quality and minimize waste, read on to learn  some research-based tips on forage storage put together by Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist and Karla Hernandez, SDSU Extension Forages Field Specialist.

Full Story

Can we learn something from this summer’s cattle shows?

Can we learn something from this summer’s cattle shows?

Justin Sexten

Beef Magazine

Often, commercial cow-calf producers see little practical value in cattle shows, beyond the lessons a young person can learn showing livestock in 4-H or FFA. And while those are important lessons indeed, the type of animal that gets rewarded with a slap in the showring doesn’t always translate to the type of animal that works on the ranch.

Full Story

Idaho Wildfire Burns 100,000 Acres, Displaces Thousands of Cattle

Idaho Wildfire Burns 100,000 Acres, Displaces Thousands of Cattle

Wyatt Bechtel

Drovers

A wildfire in Idaho has burned nearly 100,000 acres in less than four days, killing some cattle and forcing thousands more off summer pasture. The Grassy Ridge Fire started on July 26 around 4 pm MST following a lightning strike between Dubois and St. Anthony. Starting out the fire was at 4,400 acres on Friday morning before tripling in acreage Friday night.

Full Story

Injectable trace minerals improve oxidative stress after aflatoxin challenge

Injectable trace minerals improve oxidative stress after aflatoxin challenge

University of Illinois

“If we’re providing enough trace minerals to manufacture more detoxifying enzymes, the liver has a better chance of fighting the aflatoxin,” explains Russell Pate, doctoral student in the Department of Animal Sciences at U of I and lead author on the study.

Full Story

Hay Analysis: Understanding Relative Feed Value and Relative Feed Quality

Hay Analysis: Understanding Relative Feed Value and Relative Feed Quality

Alvaro Garcia

iGrow

Purchasing adequately priced hay is critical for the success of any livestock operation. The animal category to be fed dictates the forage quality that best matches their requirements. In times of forage shortages such as during a drought, hay sometimes needs to be hauled from significant distances which taxes its cost per ton, and per pound of nutrients supplied.

Full Story

Transporting Beef Cattle — doing it the right way maintains your investment

Transporting Beef Cattle — doing it the right way maintains your investment

Dori Modney

Lethbridge News Now

Derek Haley, an associate professor at the University of Guelph, and his research group have been studying cattle transported across Canada. Their research included cattle hauled  from western Canada into Ontario and Quebec, with rest stops in Thunder Bay. They found that 61% of the loads were feeder calves, 21% of the trailers were filled with weaned calves, and 15% were cattle at market weight.

Full Story

Go beyond body condition score basics with these 10 tips

Go beyond body condition score basics with these 10 tips

Beef Magazine

“Body condition scoring can tell you quite a bit about your herd, and you can use the results to make important management decisions,” says N.T. Cosby, Ph.D., cattle nutritionist with Purina Animal Nutrition. “Because the data is so vital, it’s good practice to regularly recalibrate your scoring skills.”

Full Story