Monthly Archives: December 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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Mark Parker:  The Top 10 Christmas lessons learned

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 Christmas lessons learned

FarmTalk

10.  Your dog assumes the huge ham the deliveryman put on the porch was sent to him.

9.  The local farm store has plenty of great gift possibilities for your wife — just not the ones you chose.

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Four tips offered for getting the most parasite control.

Four tips offered for getting the most parasite control.

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

When you are deworming your cattle this fall with an oral drench dewormer, focus more on the amount of parasite control you get from the product and less about the dosage volume. A higher-volume dose isn’t a bad thing for parasite control with oral drench. Benzimidazole products work best through prolonged exposure of parasites to “toxic” concentrations of dewormers.1,2 With a large rumen and abomasum, a higher-volume dose is more likely to expose parasites to the active ingredient and help improve product efficacy.

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Coalition Applauds Farm Bill Animal Health Provisions ​

Coalition Applauds Farm Bill Animal Health Provisions ​

Bovine Veterinarian

“America’s livestock and poultry producers, in concert with veterinarians, work hard to ensure the health of the animals they raise. They play a central role in not only providing nutritious food for families across the U.S., but also in creating jobs and contributing to our country’s economic stability.

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Fifty-six bred heifers missing from Aurora, Colo., ranch

Fifty-six bred heifers missing from Aurora, Colo., ranch

Rachel Gabel

The Fence Post

Ray Wooters reports 56 bred heifers disappeared from his 70-acre pasture in Aurora, Colo., during the night of Dec. 13. Wooters, who has run cattle in the area for 30 years, said eye witnesses reported seeing the heifers being led by a single horseman.

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Is Your Herd Focused on Meeting Demand?

Is Your Herd Focused on Meeting Demand?

Stan Smith

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

To say the least, suggesting it’s been a wild ride on the path to profitability in the cow-calf sector during this decade is an understatement.

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High-altitude disease could be trickling down to lower-elevation feedlots.

High-altitude disease could be trickling down to lower-elevation feedlots.

Lindsay King

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

The heart is a muscle, and when it has to work harder, the organ will eventually remodel itself. This is the case in cattle suffering from what’s been known as high-altitude disease (HAD), brisket disease or bovine high-mountain disease (BHMD).

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Management plan key when switching from dairy to beef

Management plan key when switching from dairy to beef

Heidi Clausen

The Country Today

Dairy farmers considering making the shift to beef production must change their mindset about cattle, as well as the way they view their existing resources including as barns and cropping systems, according to David Kammel, a biological systems engineer at UW-Madison.

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“From Grass to Cash”

“From Grass to Cash”

Christopher Petty

Fort Scott Biz

The KOMA (Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas) Beef Cattle Conference will be coming back to Kansas on January 24, 2019 after a long hiatus. The 4-State area’s premier beef cattle conference is designed to help cow-calf producers make better managerial decisions. Next year’s hosts include The Southeast Area Research and Extension Center of Kansas State University, Southwind Extension District, Wildcat Extension District, and Cherokee County Extension.

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American farmers are cautiously optimistic about 2019 despite dire predictions and trade fights

American farmers are cautiously optimistic about 2019 despite dire predictions and trade fights

Jeff Daniels

CNBC

From trade tensions to supply concerns, farmers face daunting challenges and more uncertainty heading into 2019. But farmers are cautiously optimistic about the outlook despite predictions of more pain ahead.

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Forage sampling eases feeding, hay purchasing and animal health decisions

Forage sampling eases feeding, hay purchasing and animal health decisions

Raney Rapp

FarmTalk

Forage and feed quality testing is startlingly behind other agricultural quality measures in terms of technology utilization. While soil sampling is widely considered useful, many producers struggle to see the value in hay, silage, residue or pasture sampling.

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