Daily Archives: August 29, 2018

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 comments overheard on a cattlemen’s tour

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 comments overheard on a cattlemen’s tour

FarmTalk

  1. Either there’s more brindle, one-horned, no-tail, brockle-face, half-Watusi cows in the world than you’d think or we’re driving around in circles.
  2. She’s one of these modern county agents — the doughnuts on the right are gluten-free.

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Predicting Disease Risk in Feeder Cattle

Predicting Disease Risk in Feeder Cattle

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

While predicting disease risk in a group of cattle is relatively reliable for experienced cattle feeders, predicting risk in individual animals presents a much greater challenge. Veterinarians and industry partners continue to develop ways to predict risk or detect early signs of disease in individual cattle for more targeted treatments.

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Toxic Fescue Dos and Don’ts

Toxic Fescue Dos and Don’ts

Victoria Myers

Progressive Farmer

Craig Roberts doesn’t just think toxic fescue negatively affects health and reproduction in beef herds across the South, he knows it does. There is no such thing as a herd of cattle that has completely acclimated to ergot alkaloids, despite what it may look like.

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WOTUS Fight Likely Headed for the Supreme Court

WOTUS Fight Likely Headed for the Supreme Court

Oklahoma Farm Report

Once you have something like the Waters of the US rule on the books, it is hard to get rid of it. That is what the Trump Administration has discovered as they have worked to scrap the Obama era rule.

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Get After the Weeds Yet This Fall

Get After the Weeds Yet This Fall

Mark Landefeld

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

You may not want to put the sprayer away for winter just yet. Weeds can be a problem that reduce quality, quantity and stand life of our forages. We generally think of battling weeds in the spring or early summer, as crops begin to grow, because we naturally want to reduce competition for our forage crops.

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Climatic conditions make assessing forage conditions difficult

Climatic conditions make assessing forage conditions difficult

Derrell Peel

Feedstuffs

Forage conditions and availability are an important concern for livestock producers, whether they raise their own supplies or purchase their needs. This year’s variable weather patterns have heightened some of those concerns.

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Forage Analysis on Hay to be Fed this Winter a Sound Management Tool

Forage Analysis on Hay to be Fed this Winter a Sound Management Tool

Glenn Selk

Farms.com

Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources recommends livestock producers conduct a forage analysis on hay they will feed to their animals this winter. “Hay fields in some areas of Oklahoma have produced an average-to-above-average number of big round bales this summer, but the quality will be quite variable,” said Glenn Selk, OSU Cooperative Extension emeritus animal scientist and managing editor of the university’s popular Cow-Calf Corner newsletter.

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R-CALF convention focuses on trade, meat labeling

R-CALF convention focuses on trade, meat labeling

Tom Steever

Brownfield Network

The head of R-CALF USA says Trump administration trade policy is on the right track.  Instead of trade discussion only being about exports, it’s now about balanced trade, according to Bill Bullard. “We’re calculating the net effects of our trade policies based on exports minus imports,” Bullard told Brownfield Ag News Thursday, “and this administration recognizes that we have been accruing a huge deficit that is harming our U.S. economy.”

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Adding legumes to grass pastures adds quality to the forage.

Adding legumes to grass pastures adds quality to the forage.

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Adding legumes to grass pastures or hay fields supplies nitrogen to the soil and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, as well as adding quality to the forage. Anowar Islam, associate professor and agroecologist in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Wyoming, has been conducting a number of research trials on legumes and grasses in various locations around Wyoming.

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Missouri becomes first state in U.S. to regulate use of the word ‘meat’

Missouri becomes first state in U.S. to regulate use of the word ‘meat’

Zlati Meyer

USA TODAY

On Tuesday, Missouri becomes the first state in the country to have a law on the books that prohibits food makers to use the word “meat” to refer to anything other than animal flesh. This takes aim at manufacturers of what has been dubbed fake or non-traditional meat.

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