Daily Archives: November 14, 2018

Livestock Icon Bill Couch Passes

Livestock Icon Bill Couch Passes

William “Bill” Barrett Couch, 67, Owensville, Ind., passed away Nov. 12, 2018, at RiverOaks Health Campus, Princeton, Ind., after a long, hard-fought battle with multiple sclerosis. Bill was born August 21, 1951, to George Melvin and Margaret Jeanette (Barrett) Couch in Princeton. His mother survives.  He grew up showing cattle in 4-H and assisted in the cattle operation of his dad and uncle – Couch Brothers Polled Herefords.

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Mark Parker:  The Top 10 signs of oncoming winter around the farmhouse

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 signs of oncoming winter around the farmhouse


  1. He misses the niece’s recital because of feeding hay rather than baling it.
  2. Coats, hoodies, vests, coveralls — there are a lot more pockets to go through at laundry time.

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Livestock Development Summit will be Nov. 15 in Brookings

Livestock Development Summit will be Nov. 15 in Brookings

The Cattle Business Weekly

A Livestock Development Summit is scheduled for Nov. 15 on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings to address key issues related to livestock development, discuss the most effective and responsible ways to move forward and connect with other farmers, leaders and businesses in the industry. South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota farm families as well as community leaders who are interested in learning more about emerging livestock development opportunities are encouraged to attend.

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Stretching limited hay supplies

Stretching limited hay supplies

Joe Paschal

Victoria Advocate

It seems counterintuitive that you might need to consider a strategy to stretch your hay supply this winter considering all the moisture we have had recently, but a lot of hay was fed early this past summer and not much made since then.

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In Vitro Fertilization: Speeding genetic gains

In Vitro Fertilization: Speeding genetic gains

Bob Hough

Western Livestock Journal

A technology that is starting to be more commonly used in beef cattle to mass produce outstanding genetics is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). This allows producers to harvest, fertilize, and make embryos on an operation’s top females throughout a wide range of their reproductive status.

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Using Activity Monitors to Predict Ovulation & Get Cows Pregnant

Using Activity Monitors to Predict Ovulation & Get Cows Pregnant

Dairy Herd Management

Synchronization protocols have become a great tool for many breeding programs, but most would probably abandon them in a heartbeat if there was another effective way to consistently predict ovulation and pinpoint the perfect time to breed cows. Activity monitors may provide a solution.

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Sharp Turn to Cold Brings Threat of Fescue Foot in Beef Cow Herds

Sharp Turn to Cold Brings Threat of Fescue Foot in Beef Cow Herds

Duane Dailey


Odd fall weather and fescue pasture growth set up potential poisonous pastures causing fescue foot in cow herds. Fall growth after a drought produces more toxins in infected tall fescue grass. The poison develops after rains start regrowth following a drought, says Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension specialist.

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