Monthly Archives: October 2018

2018 COWBOY ROBOT Video

2018 COWBOY ROBOT Video

Cargill has developed an industry-first robotic cattle driver aimed at improving animal welfare and employee safety. The robots are designed to move cattle from pens to the harvest area, reducing stress to the animals by minimizing their proximity to human activity. Employees operate the robots from a catwalk located above the pens, reducing safety risks by keeping those who work in the cattle yard portion of processing plants at a greater distance from the 1300-pound animals.

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 characteristics of a farmer’s wedding

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 characteristics of a farmer’s wedding

FarmTalk

  1. The preacher has to explain to the farmer that, no, it’s not exactly like forward contracting.
  2. The bride is laboring under the misunderstanding that the hip boots on the gift table are some sort of joke.

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Feeding a taste of maximized herd potential

Feeding a taste of maximized herd potential

Laura Handke

Progressive Cattleman

Technology and equipment from companies such as GrowSafe Systems and SmartFeed are changing animal selection and herd management for seedstock and commercial producers alike. Both systems allow for the real-time measurement of feed consumption through installed equipment in the pen or on the range. Data collected are uploaded through cloud-based solutions and provided back to the producer, either in a report or as raw data to calculate consumption, actual gains and residual feed intake.

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Solutions, Not Obstacles

Solutions, Not Obstacles

Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN

Stop looking for reasons it can’t work, and find a way to get onto a controlled breeding season.

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Now Isn’t the Time for Business as Usual

Now Isn’t the Time for Business as Usual

John F. Grimes

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

The fall harvest season has been evident across Ohio over the past several weeks. This certainly applies to both grain farmers and beef cow-calf producers. Grain crops are being harvested and sold or placed in storage for future sales. Cattle producers have even more options as most of the spring 2018 calf crop has been weaned and decisions are being made as to whether calves should be sold as feeders, placed in backgrounding enterprises, sent to a feedlot, or heifers retained as future herd replacement females.

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New hauling protocol in Nebraska

New hauling protocol in Nebraska

The Cattle Business Weekly

Nebraska Cattlemen is pleased to announce an important new collaboration between Nebraska’s livestock industry and the Nebraska State Patrol.  Over the course of the past few months, Nebraska’s agricultural industry and State Patrol have worked together to develop a series of checklists to help livestock haulers comply with the law while also mitigating animal welfare concerns that arise when trucks are put out-of-service.

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Is forage insurance right for you?

Is forage insurance right for you?

Beef Magazine

Beef producers in Missouri, facing devastating drought this year, will tell you it’s a good idea to check out forage insurance. Pasture, rangeland and forage (PRF) insurance started in 2009. But offerings didn’t attract many buyers until recent dry spells, says University of Missouri economist Ryan Milhollin.

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Vet Med researcher leads three-year study using predictive modelling to better control parasitic worms

Vet Med researcher leads three-year study using predictive modelling to better control parasitic worms

Collene Ferguson

University of Calgary

When cattle graze on pastures, parasitic roundworm infections are an inevitable result. Every year, these parasites result in around $2 billion in production loss to the North American cattle industry due to their negative impacts on calf growth. Although ranchers routinely treat their animals with drugs to control parasitic worms, treatments are generally not tailored to the specific needs of the herd. Using a blanket approach not only leads to unnecessary economic loss, but also drives the parasites to become resistant to the drugs.

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Grazing Corn Stalks with Beef Cattle

Grazing Corn Stalks with Beef Cattle

Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., Tara L. Felix

Pennsylvania State University

Feeding stored feeds in winter months is a major cost of beef cow-calf and backgrounding operations. Extending the grazing season by grazing corn crop residue may be an economically viable option for beef producers in Pennsylvania.

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Beef cattle grazing on American rangelands—not feedlots—could be net carbon sink

Beef cattle grazing on American rangelands—not feedlots—could be net carbon sink

Susan MacMillan

ILRI Clippings

‘Beef cattle have been identified as the largest livestock-sector contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Using life cycle analysis (LCA), several studies have concluded that grass-finished beef systems have greater GHG intensities than feedlot-finished (FL) beef systems. These studies evaluated only one grazing management system—continuous grazing—and assumed steady-state soil carbon (C) to model the grass-finishing environmental impact. However, by managing for more optimal forage growth and recovery, adaptive multi-paddock (AMP) grazing can improve animal and forage productivity, potentially sequestering more soil organic carbon (SOC) than continuous grazing.

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8 digital technologies for a new era of beef production

8 digital technologies for a new era of beef production

Aidan Connolly

Progressive Cattleman

The last 10 years have not been so kind to the beef industry. It is facing a triple threat: the trend toward leaner white meats such as chicken and fish, consumer movements like “Meatless Mondays” and even lab-grown meats.

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Constantly Evaluate Changing Nutritional Needs

Constantly Evaluate Changing Nutritional Needs

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Producers shouldn’t choose a ration just once. Nutritionist Robert Barrett, with Producers Cooperative Association, out of Bryan, Texas, says rations ought to be evaluated every time there’s a change in the herd or its environment.

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President Trump’s Remarks at FFA Convention

President Trump’s Remarks at FFA Convention

Northern AG.net

Each year the National FFA Organization invites the sitting President of the United States to attend the  National FFA Convention and Expo. The tradition started with former President Harry Truman. President George H.W. Bush was the last sitting president to attend the event. First Lady Michelle Obama brought pre-recorded greetings back in 2015 as did vice president Mike Pence last year.

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Changes in Carcass Grade Over Time

Changes in Carcass Grade Over Time

Dr. Andrew Griffith

University of Tennessee

The beef industry, similar to other industries, is constantly attempting to be more efficient and create more value in the product produced. Most cow-calf producers concern themselves with reproductive efficiencies and pounds of weaned calf per acre of land. These two things are important because a cow-calf producer cannot afford to have very many cows fail to wean a calf, and these producers are in the business of selling pounds with a limited quantity of land.

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American Gelbvieh Association to Host Commercial Cattlemen Educational Symposium

American Gelbvieh Association to Host Commercial Cattlemen Educational Symposium

All cattlemen and women are invited to attend the American Gelbvieh Association’s (AGA) fourth annual commercial cattlemen’s educational symposium titled Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup sponsored by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and National Corn Growers Association. Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup will be held Thursday, November 29, 2018, beginning at 1:30 p.m. CST at the Nashville Airport Marriott in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Grass Tetany Concerns

Grass Tetany Concerns

Russ Daly

Farms.com

While the quick green-up on spring pastures is the first risk factor that comes to mind for grass tetany, regrowth during warm fall weather can be a culprit, too. Grass tetany is a metabolic disorder that is associated with lush pastures due to low levels of blood magnesium concentration, which results in nerve impulse failure and death, if not treated very quickly.
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Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC Announces New $35 Million Distribution Center

Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC Announces New $35 Million Distribution Center

Business Wire

Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC, an internationally recognized brand supplying premium USDA-certified beef and pork products, is pleased to announce the groundbreaking for a new $35 million refrigerated distribution center at its plant in Arkansas City, Kan. The warehouse will be a total of 41,334 square feet, consisting of a 35,311-square-foot main floor footprint and 6,023-square-foot mezzanine area, and will include an automated storage and retrieval system capable of handling 27,000 boxes in a nine-hour day with more than 37,000 box storage locations.

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What Is Meat, Anyway? Lab-Grown Food Sets Off a Debate

What Is Meat, Anyway? Lab-Grown Food Sets Off a Debate

Matt Simon

Wired

You don’t typically find philosophical bickering at an FDA public meeting. But then again, this was no ordinary public meeting. On Thursday, the agency convened a scrum on so-called cultured meat—animal tissue grown in a lab, derived from just a handful of cells taken from a cow or chicken or fish. Experts, lab-meat companies, and spokespeople from industry groups discussed the technology, regulation, and safety of the stuff, which all seemed to boil down to one weirdly complicated question: What is meat anyway?

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Investigation to predict parasitic roundworm control in cattle

Investigation to predict parasitic roundworm control in cattle

Feedstuffs

When cattle graze on pastures, parasitic roundworm infections are an inevitable result, according to researchers at the University of Calgary in Alberta. Every year, these parasites result in around $2 billion in production loss to the North American cattle industry due to their negative impacts on calf growth.

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Poisonous fern blamed for calf deaths in northwest Wisconsin

Poisonous fern blamed for calf deaths in northwest Wisconsin

Heidi Clausen

The Country Today

Wayne Jansen didn’t know what to make of it when calves began mysteriously dying earlier this month on his farm north of Turtle Lake. Jansen, who, with his wife, Bev, and 19-year-old grandson, Colton Jansen, rotationally grazes a cow/calf herd of about 180 head of Red and Black Angus, lost his first calf in early-October.

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