Daily Archives: December 20, 2018

Fifth Anniversary of Western South Dakota Blizzard

Fifth Anniversary of Western South Dakota Blizzard

Laura Edwards, David Ollila.


As we remember the fifth anniversary of the winter storm and blizzard that occurred on October 3–5, 2013 (which some call Winter Storm Atlas), the event provides a reminder that it is time to begin preparation and planning for winter weather events that can occur from now through May.

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Forage mineral content dictates supplement plan

Forage mineral content dictates supplement plan

Ashley Wright

Hay and Forage Grower

Minerals are naturally occurring, inorganic compounds that are utilized by nearly every living thing on earth. In the cow herd, minerals are vital for a wide variety of bodily functions, especially immune function and reproduction. Mineral supplementation can be a significant cost to producers; however, that cost needs to be balanced with the potential losses due to subclinical deficiencies affecting production, or disease caused by a deficiency or toxicity.

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To Plant Or Not To Plant My Ryegrass

To Plant Or Not To Plant My Ryegrass

Don Ashford

On Pasture

Sometimes it is very hard to really know just what to do or not to do. This summer down here we had enough rain to really grow a lot of grass. Now some folks would not see this as a problem. But I have lately talked to several people who are not sure how to handle this dilemma.

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Vaccine May Not Work, as Clostridial Immunity Fails to Develop in Calves

Vaccine May Not Work, as Clostridial Immunity Fails to Develop in Calves

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

I’ve rarely been to a cattle operation where a clostridial vaccine wasn’t part of the health protocol. Turns out, giving that two-, four-, seven- or eight-way, along with an injectable IBR vaccine, might be a mistake.

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Working hard to grow the herd

Working hard to grow the herd

Janlyn Hannah

High Plains Journal

From the kitchen table to the boardroom table, the USDA brings people together across the nation for: healthier food, natural resources, and people; a stronger agricultural industry; and economic growth, jobs, and innovation. Meet Emery Fox, a 26-year-old rancher in Checotah, Oklahoma, who, with the support and encouragement of her family, got in the cattle business two years ago.

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Take advantage of nice weather in December

Take advantage of nice weather in December

Glenn Selk

Western Livestock Journal

These pleasant December days could be put to good use in preparation for the spring calving season. Now is a good time to check the pens, calving stalls, and the equipment that will be used in February and March. Do a “walk through” of pens, chutes, and calving stalls.

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Franzen shares tips for working with lenders

Franzen shares tips for working with lenders

Gayle Smith

The Cattle Business Weeky

Most lenders want to see their customers succeed. That was the message delivered by James Franzen, who is an executive vice president of Town and Country Bank in Kearney, Neb. Franzen discussed developing a good relationship with a lender during the Nebraska Women in Agriculture conference. “Ultimately, lenders and loan customers want the same thing – a borrower who is successful in business is good for everyone involved,” Franzen says. “If things go right, look at how much money we can make, but if things go wrong, look at how much money we can lose,” he tells a group of nearly 50 farm women.

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