Monthly Archives: January 2019

Mark Parker:   The Top 10 worst times to ask Dad for 20 bucks, use of the car, permission to get off early or to get a tattoo

Mark Parker:   The Top 10 worst times to ask Dad for 20 bucks, use of the car, permission to get off early or to get a tattoo

FarmTalk

  1. He’s under the baler with a 5-foot cheater bar and every wrench in the place scattered around him.
  2. Anytime within a month after you accordioned the truck tailgate.

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Unraveling the Secrets of the Rumen

Unraveling the Secrets of the Rumen

Tim McAllister

A Steak in Genomics™

Microbes are part of the natural world, they occupy all parts of the world from deep sea vents, skin, digestive tract, and our food. The rumen is one of the most microbe rich environments in the world. We use fistulated animals to have a window into the rumen microbiome. Rather than looking at the bacteria that come out of the digestive tract, we can directly sample the rumen. The microbes in cattle rumens can even digest cotton shirts!

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Creating a healthy start is essential for calf health

Creating a healthy start is essential for calf health

Shelby Roberts

Progressive Cattleman
Animal health continues to be a major concern for all sectors of beef production. As the saying goes, “You can’t get over a bad start,” and this holds true for calf health.  A bad start not only has negative health effects, but can also lead to increased treatment costs and losses in growth performance, ultimately reducing profitability.

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Managing Cattle Through Winter Weather Conditions

Managing Cattle Through Winter Weather Conditions

Warren Rusche
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Winter weather conditions often present challenges to cattle managers in the Northern Plains (and upper Midwest). Although we can’t alter the weather, there are management steps that can be taken to help maintain cattle health and performance.

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Counting the Cost of Silage Losses in Your Operation

Counting the Cost of Silage Losses in Your Operation

Mike Brouk
Drovers

Silage is often the base forage for the diets of growing cattle and the cow herd.  This past year, due to the drought, thousands of acres of drought-stricken corn and sorghum were harvested as silage.  A hidden cost of silage is associated with the shrink due to fermentation, storage, and feedout.  Total shrink from harvest through feeding can result in the loss of 5 to 40% of the dry matter harvested.

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All about formulating rations for beef cattle

All about formulating rations for beef cattle

ADAM WILLIS

Newton County Times

Nutrient requirement tables will give you a basis for nutritional needs of different animals in different stages of life. This is by no means a one size fits all and a visual assessment of your herd needs to be completed.

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What Is the Real Value In a Beef Herd?

What Is the Real Value In a Beef Herd?

Kris  Ringwall

Farms.com

Usually, when businesses buy and sell inventory, one of three things happens. Under option one, the item sells for more than it was purchased for and one has the opportunity to make money. The second is the break-even option. This is when an item sells for the same as the purchase price.

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