Daily Archives: September 4, 2018

Baxter Black, DVM:  Labor Day on the Farm

Baxter Black, DVM:  Labor Day on the Farm

Labor Day was created by Unions to recognize the American Worker. It did not include ranching and farming; if they did it would destroy the ability of a farmer to get a loan. If a farmer included the cost of his daily labor on a financial statement, no banker could find a way to show a profit.

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Who owns your data?

Who owns your data?

The Cattle Business Weekly

As the amount of genetic data steadily grows, ranchers seem to have a lot of questions regarding how data is stored and owned. At a panel discussion at the Beef Improvement Federation Symposium and Convention in Loveland, Colo. in June, five cattlemen gathered to discuss “Who Owns Your Data and Where Is It?” Not unlike many cattlemen, Wade Shafer, American Simmental Association (ASA) executive vice president, admits he was once one who didn’t pay attention to the data ownership and intellectual property rights topic.

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Pasture and Forage Weed Control; Mow or Spray?

Pasture and Forage Weed Control; Mow or Spray?

Clif Little

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

It is important to remember that each herbicide varies in terms of target weed response. In other words, herbicides vary in ability to kill specific weeds and always refer to product labels prior to use. Always wear the personal protective equipment recommended on the product label. Be aware of product restrictions and recommendations relating to the environment, sensitive crops, and bees.

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Marketing feeder cattle for one more bid

Marketing feeder cattle for one more bid

David Burton

High Plains Journal

The typical cow-calf producer in southwest Missouri knows a lot about growing forages, feeding and caring for cows, nursing calves and stockers. They may pride themselves on making breeding stock decisions and getting a high percentage of their cows to wean a calf.

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Fall calving season is fast approaching.

Fall calving season is fast approaching.

Glenn Selk

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Many fall-calving cow herds are managed to begin the calving season near the first of September. Data from Oklahoma State University research indicates fall calving may begin sooner than producers expect.

EPDs and Reasonable Expectations in Commercial Crossbred Operations

EPDs and Reasonable Expectations in Commercial Crossbred Operations

Jared Decker, PhD

A Steak in Genomics™

One point must be clear from the very beginning: EPDs work. When we select parents based on EPDs the genetic merit for that trait increases in our herd. When we select the parents using EPDs the performance of the next generation improves.

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Sustainability Can Be a Win-Win

Sustainability Can Be a Win-Win

John Maday

Drovers

What if we could not only reduce carbon emissions from cattle production, but also redirect that carbon toward animal growth, and more beef production per unit of input?

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Low-stress handling of replacement heifers

Low-stress handling of replacement heifers

Heather Thomas

Progressive Cattleman

To have easy-to-handle cows, set the stage with proper training when they are young. Working with heifers is similar to training a young horse; you want their first experiences with people to be good and not give them any reason to fear or mistrust people.

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Study tests whether seaweed in cattle feed reduces emissions

Study tests whether seaweed in cattle feed reduces emissions

TERENCE CHEA

Yahoo News

University of California researchers are feeding seaweed to dairy cows in an attempt to make cattle more climate-friendly. UC Davis is studying whether adding small amounts of seaweed to cattle feed can help reduce their emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that’s released when cattle burp, pass gas or make manure.

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US beef prices holding but could face future challenges

US beef prices holding but could face future challenges

Michelle Perrett

Global Meat News

US prices in the first half of 2018 held up despite increased production levels but increased supplies of total proteins and potential trade fallouts are emerging concerns. Increased beef supplies and trade uncertainty look set to impact US prices in 2H 2018.

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