Daily Archives: February 13, 2019

Mark Parker: The Top 10 ways a farmer screws up Valentine’s Day

Mark Parker: The Top 10 ways a farmer screws up Valentine’s Day


  1. He buys one of those heart-shaped candy boxes on February 15 when the price drops.
  2. Since she complains about wading through mud, he figures new rubber boots would be just the ticket.

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Winter nutrition for bulls

Winter nutrition for bulls

Heather Smith Thomas

Canadian Cattlemen

The bull supplies half the genetics for a calf crop so producers will want to make sure bulls are fertile, healthy and sound, and in good body condition through winter. Young bulls are still growing, so they need adequate energy and protein to support growth as well as maintenance and body condition, and body heat on a cold day.

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Pelosi: Not There Yet on USMCA

Pelosi: Not There Yet on USMCA

Hoosier Ag Today

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says “we’re not there yet” on reaching an agreement on the U.S.-Mexico Canada trade pact in Congress. Signed by all three nations and awaiting approval by lawmakers, the replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement is facing some political obstacles in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Is AI Worth the Effort?

Is AI Worth the Effort?

John F. Grimes

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Artificial insemination (A.I.) in beef cattle is not a new technology as it has been available to producers for several decades. Nearly every cow-calf producer in this country has some degree of awareness of this management practice. While there is a relatively high degree of awareness amongst producers of A.I., misconceptions still exist about the value of this useful tool.

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Minimize winter-feeding losses

Minimize winter-feeding losses

Dan Shike

Angus Journal

One of the largest determinants of profitability in cow-calf operations is feed costs. The majority of these costs are associated with feeding stored feed during the winter months when grazing is not an option.

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Treat it fast: Foot rot in cattle

Treat it fast: Foot rot in cattle

Heather Smith Thomas

Tri State Livestock News

Foot rot is an infection that causes swelling, heat and inflammation between the toes of a cloven -hoofed animal, resulting in severe lameness. Nearly every cattle producer has seen this situation, finding an animal suddenly very lame.

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Preparing for Calving Season

Preparing for Calving Season


Iowa Cattleman

The frigid temperatures and snowy conditions have been a clear reminder that we are well into winter. For many, that means calving season is right around the corner – so are you and your facilities ready? Now is the time to check and ensure a smooth calving season.

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Red Angus replacement heifers experiencing unprecedented demand

Red Angus replacement heifers experiencing unprecedented demand

Dr. Bob Hough

Western Livestock Journal

Red Angus commercial heifers are the hottest commodity on the market. It not unusual for them to outsell steers. This is no fluke as breeders have kept as their highest priority decades of selection for maternal cattle.

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Cattle producers ask critical questions about “fake meat”

Cattle producers ask critical questions about “fake meat”

On the Farm Radio

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association recently launched a new campaign highlighting critical questions about the production of lab-grown fake meat. The Fake Meat Facts campaign will shine a spotlight on the many unknowns that the federal government must clarify before finalizing the regulatory framework for these emerging products.

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Kentucky’s cattle are taking a hit from the wettest year on record, show signs of stress

Kentucky’s cattle are taking a hit from the wettest year on record, show signs of stress

Aimee Nielson

Northern Kentucky Tribune

2018 was Kentucky’s wettest year on record, and the new year seems to be more of the same. This means most livestock producers are dealing with less than ideal conditions, and cattle are showing signs of stress. “It is important to understand this winter has been relatively easy temperature-wise but difficult for cattle in Kentucky,” said Michelle Arnold, ruminant extension veterinarian for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “Cows of all ages are losing weight now at levels typically seen in late winter.”

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