Daily Archives: October 26, 2018

BeefTalk: Say ‘I Can,’ Not ‘I Can’t’

BeefTalk: Say ‘I Can,’ Not ‘I Can’t’

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension

“I can.” Those two words reflect a forward-thinking attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit needed to help agricultural producers cash in on opportunities. Too often I hear, “I can’t.” Producers have many reasons for negativity. Some are imposed by others, risk tolerance, cash flow, regulations, neighbors or previous generational management. The list goes on and on. The end result can be an industry comfortable with average, which limits those desiring to get in the business.

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Is cottonseed going to make my bulls infertile???

Is cottonseed going to make my bulls infertile???

Lawton Stewart

University of Georgia

What is it about whole cottonseed that causes concern?  The answer is gossypol.  Gossypol is a yellow pigment produced in the roots, leaves, stems, and seeds of the cotton plant, with the greatest concentration occurring in the seeds.  This compound acts as a natural defense, aiding in resistance to pests.

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How they grazed and why it matters

How they grazed and why it matters

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

An army corporal named Eugene Bandel went with a survey party to demarcate the southern boundary of Kansas in summer 1857. He wrote in his notes that his party never camped a single night without water throughout the trip, and never went without grazing for the horses and mules except one two-day period when they crossed a swath where a bison herd had passed.

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Buying Feed? Here’s How You Can Compare Them To Choose the Best Value

Buying Feed? Here’s How You Can Compare Them To Choose the Best Value

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Knowing that the cost to feed a cow can be the largest percentage of your annual production costs, you’ll naturally look for the best feed you can find for the lowest price. The problem is that different feeds have different dry matter, crude protein and total digestible nutrients (TDN). So when comparing several options, knowing the price per ton of TDN or Crude Protein will help you compare apples to apples.

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Feeding a taste of maximized herd potential

Feeding a taste of maximized herd potential

Laura Handke

Progressive Cattleman

echnology and equipment from companies such as GrowSafe Systems and SmartFeed are changing animal selection and herd management for seedstock and commercial producers alike.

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Lower heifer costs, not fertility

Lower heifer costs, not fertility

Katrina Huffstutler

Western Livestock Journal

It’s a great time to own cows, but only if you have a competitive cost structure with the right genetics and management to compete in today’s marketplace, Rick Funston said.

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Preg Check Your Cows . . . Please!

Preg Check Your Cows . . . Please!

Dr. Les Anderson

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

It’s weaning time and I hope most of you are planning your herd “preg check”. If you have not incorporated this management practice in the past, please do so this year so that you won’t be feed non-productive females this fall and winter. When it comes time to cull cows from your herd, pregnancy status is one of the first criteria that will determine whether a cow stays in the country or goes to town.

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