Daily Archives: December 27, 2018

Tips to build positive cash flow in the cattle business

Tips to build positive cash flow in the cattle business

Robert Fears

Beef Producer

Cash flow is important for the health of commercial enterprises, and the cattle business is no exception. The short definition of cash flow is the amount of money flowing in and out of a business.

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Not all corn residue bales are created equal

Not all corn residue bales are created equal

Terry Klopfenstein, Mary Drewnoski and Ashley Conway

Progressive Forage

Baled corn residue is just corn residue, right? As with many things, it all depends. Baled corn residue is often a low-cost source of roughage in the Midwest. Its feed value, though, can be increased with use of selective harvest methods or ammoniation, making corn residue an even more valuable feed resource.

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Hay-buying Tips

Hay-buying Tips

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin

Neal and Amanda Sorenson of Powder River Angus Ranch, Spotted Horse, Wyo., purchase hay most years. Neal says they try to buy good-quality hay that doesn’t have weeds, because they don’t want to bring any weeds to the ranch.

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National Western: The Super Bowl of the cattle industry

National Western: The Super Bowl of the cattle industry

Amy Schutte

Progressive Cattleman

If the thought of seeing more than 22 different cattle breeds in one place makes you want to jump in your truck or board a plane for Denver, then you won’t want to miss the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo (NWSS).

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Unique genetics project demonstrates effectiveness of EPDs and DNA testing

Unique genetics project demonstrates effectiveness of EPDs and DNA testing

Kacey Koester

High Plains Journal

More than 40 calves produced from one cow, all in the name of genetic research. That’s something you don’t see every day. This research, dubbed the LiveWiRED project, is a cooperative effort between the Junior Red Angus Association of America and the Red Angus Foundation, Inc. The plan is to evaluate the real-world performance of calves compared to their sires’ EPDs for growth and carcass traits.

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Expect Lots of Conversation About Animal ID in 2019

Expect Lots of Conversation About Animal ID in 2019

Oklahoma Farm Report

Currently, there is a lot of interest in the livestock industry regarding cattle traceability, or animal ID. Chelsea Good, vice president of government and industry affairs for the Livestock Marketing Association, said in a recent conversation with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, that her organization and the people it represents fall right in the middle of this conversation.

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Red meat exports delivers value to corn producers

Red meat exports delivers value to corn producers

The Cattle Business Weekly

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has received the results of an updated study aimed at quantifying the value delivered to U.S. corn producers through exports of red meat. The original 2016 study, as well as the 2018 follow-up, were conducted by World Perspectives, Inc. (WPI), a leading agricultural consulting firm.

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Feedlot Management Mistakes that Can be Prevented

Feedlot Management Mistakes that Can be Prevented

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Regardless if you’re a “beginner” or an experienced cattle feeder, this recent one hour presentation by Dr. Francis Fluharty provides a comprehensive and fast moving overview of the basics of feedlot management. Many of you will remember Dr. Fluharty as the recently retired Research Professor in the OSU Department of animal Sciences, and currently the Head of the Department of Animal and Dairy Science at the University of Georgia.

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Predators Eat Away Montana Livestock Loss Board Budget

Predators Eat Away Montana Livestock Loss Board Budget

Northern Ag

George Edwards is the executive director of the Montana Livestock Loss Board, which provides financial reimbursements to livestock producers for losses caused by predation. He said 2018 has been a hard year for Montana ranchers.

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How Does a Government Shutdown Affect the USDA?

How Does a Government Shutdown Affect the USDA?

Successful Farming

Congressional leaders and the White House were unable to strike a budget deal on Friday, resulting in a partial government shutdown on Saturday. While some programs are still funded through September 30, 2019, other departments – including the USDA – funding expired at midnight.

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