Daily Archives: October 31, 2018



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


  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

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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