Daily Archives: December 5, 2018

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 items on a farmer’s Christmas list

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 items on a farmer’s Christmas list


  1. A thank you card for the neighbor who outbid him on those long-haul tail-draggers that sold right before the weather turned cold, wet and nasty.
  2. Christmas cakes and cookies for the landlords, providing he can convince “somebody” to bake them.

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A look at grid marketing

A look at grid marketing

Progressive Cattleman

What does “selling on the grid” mean? Pete Anderson, owner of AgKnowledge Services, explains the basics of a grid marketing system for selling finished cattle. “You have to know what the cattle will do, and then you have to know how the premiums and discounts work for each of the various grids that are available to you so that you can make the best decision as to how to market those cattle,” Anderson says.

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Cameron Bruett of JBS-USA Addresses the Beef Industry’s Problem with Perception vs. Reality

Cameron Bruett of JBS-USA Addresses the Beef Industry’s Problem with Perception vs. Reality

Oklahoma Farm Report

At one point, according to Bruett, one of the main concerns consumers had about the beef industry was the amount of greenhouse gas emissions it produced. While the data that supported that claim – that the industry posed an environmental threat via gas emission – was incorrect, people still perceived that to be a problem.

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Heritability Of Hernias In Calves

Heritability Of Hernias In Calves

Dr. Ken McMillan

While no one has proven umbilical hernias are hereditary, I do not think anyone doubts they are. Even if hereditary, you may not see a problem again with the same mating. Just to be safe, I would use a different bull if possible.

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Is that an economic or financial decision?

Is that an economic or financial decision?

Steve Kenyon

Canadian Cattlemen

I had the opportunity to meet up with a dear friend of mine this summer. He was an exchange student from Colombia who spent time with us many years ago. He told me that one of the most profound things that he learned from us here at Greener Pastures Ranching was the difference between economics and finances.

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Cause and Effect

Cause and Effect

Justin Sexten

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

We sometimes associate cause and effect without knowing the real link, or as an academic buzz phrase has it, “correlation does not equal causation.” A quick search provides a humorous example. Did you know ice cream sales and shark attacks are highly correlated?

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Managing Mud on Cattle Farms

Managing Mud on Cattle Farms

Travis Meteer

University of Illinois

Wet, cold weather continues to persist in Illinois. Naturally, these conditions create mud. Muddy conditions are rather difficult to navigate on the cattle farm. These conditions can be frustrating for the farmer and the cattle. Challenges associated with mud on the cattle farm need to be identified and evaluated to ensure the environment is not detrimental to animal health and performance.

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Three State Beef Conference Jan. 15-17, 2019

Three State Beef Conference Jan. 15-17, 2019

University of Nebraska

Area beef producers should make plans to attend the fifth annual Three-State Beef Conference Jan. 15, 16 and 17, 2019 with locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. The conference provides a forum of specialists from three of the United States’ leading beef cattle land-grant universities to discuss where one can reduce winter cow feed costs and improve management of those resources. The theme for this year’s conference is “Reducing Cow Feed Costs Using Cropland.”

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All hail “the right kind” of calf

All hail “the right kind” of calf

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

At some point in time, perhaps sooner, perhaps later, we’ll move to a discount market, where the good calves will bring market price and high-risk cattle will be severely discounted.

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Is limit feeding an option for newly received cattle?

Is limit feeding an option for newly received cattle?

Kylene Scott

High Plains Journal

There are several stressful periods in the life of a calf. Two of the most stressful—the period after weaning and when they move into a confined feeding situation—come early in life and can hinder performance.

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