Daily Archives: January 9, 2019

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 ways a farmer knows he’s getting older

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 ways a farmer knows he’s getting older


  1. When he looks at new tractors, he’s partial to the one with the lowest bottom step.
  2. Somehow, cows have gotten a lot faster than they used to be.

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Baxter Black, DVM:  The Emperor’s New Clothes, California Style

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Emperor’s New Clothes, California Style

The television paralyzed watchers as the horrendous flames burned California to ashes. The governor in command puffed and pounded, claiming that he and his ENVIRO-DENY-ERS took NO BLAME, NO BLAME, NO BLAME!

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Building a Beef Business – Lessons Learned

Building a Beef Business – Lessons Learned

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Meg Grzeskiewicz has always wanted to be a rancher. But getting there without a family farm to start from means she’s facing challenges that many new farmers and ranchers face: how to develop the skills and how to find a land base to work from. She’s taken these challenges head on, starting first with getting an education through school and internships, and then by diving head first into building her own beef business.

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Dewormers Put On The Pounds

Dewormers Put On The Pounds

Becky Mills
Progressive Farmer

When Allen Beer’s calves go through the chute at weaning, deworming gets the same emphasis as vaccinations. Both are included in the preconditioning protocol required for the Tri-County Cattlemen’s Association feeder calf sale, where the Richburg, S.C., cattleman markets. On average, marketing here brings a 5-cent-per-pound premium compared to steers sold in nearby graded sales.

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Evening regimen for spring-calving herds

Evening regimen for spring-calving herds

Brett Melton,

High Plains Journal

Now is the time to begin feeding your herd in the evening. Some reading this column may be asking, “Why would I need to do this?” The answer is simple, it will make cows and heifers more likely to calve during daylight hours. Even though the answer is simple, the explanation is not well understood.

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Fescue toxin cuts livestock gains

Fescue toxin cuts livestock gains

Duane Dailey

Western Livestock Journal

The 20 pages of “Fescue Toxicosis and Management” go beyond a guide sheet. It tells everything a farmer needs to manage tall fescue, Roberts says. All who enroll in multistate fescue schools in 2019 receive a free copy. It provides the agenda for the one-day schools.

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Beef industry finds ways to tackle challenges ahead

Beef industry finds ways to tackle challenges ahead

Gayle Smith

The Cattle Business Weekly

By 2050, economic projections indicate farmers and ranchers will need to produce 70 percent more food to feed the growing population of the world. “For the meat industry, it is good news because estimations for how much protein will be needed is astounding,” says Kim Stackhouse of JBS USA. The projections are 40 million metric tons of beef and 100 million metric tons of chicken.

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Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

Fox News

A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the livestock industry.

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What about bison?

What about bison?

Lon Tonneson

Dakota Farmer

Two hundred years ago there were 20-30 million bison on the Great Plains — about the same number as the size of the U.S. cow herd today. They roamed the grasslands in herds so big that they shook the earth.

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2019 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference to Address Economics, Alternative Management Techniques

2019 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference to Address Economics, Alternative Management Techniques

Iowa Beef Center

The premier educational event in Iowa for cow-calf producers is offering a comprehensive package of information to attendees this month. The popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to the state’s beef cattle industry for more than 40 years. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Patrick Wall said this year’s conference, set for Jan. 26 at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, will continue that successful tradition.

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