Daily Archives: February 20, 2019

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 observations on winter weather

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 observations on winter weather


  1. If you see a cap laying out in the muddy lot, you’d better look underneath just to be sure.
  2. Your neighbor has the planter pulled out of the shed — he’s bluffing.

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Calendar the Best Way to Spot Top Replacements

Calendar the Best Way to Spot Top Replacements

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

For producers with years of experience, picking replacement heifers may seem to come naturally. It’s not all about the looks, though, says Ryon Walker in a recent report from the Noble Research Institute out of Ardmore, Oklahoma.


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Australian cattle survived years of drought. Then came the deadly floods.

Australian cattle survived years of drought. Then came the deadly floods.

Kristine Phillips

Washington Post

What began as welcomed rain after several years of crippling drought in Australia turned into a catastrophe after a record-breaking downpour flooded the northeastern coast, killing hundreds of thousands of cattle, wiping away the livelihood of many farming communities and threatening one of the country’s vital industries. Nearly 50 million acres of land in the state of Queensland have been inundated. By late last week, officials said two years’ worth of rain had drowned swaths of land that, not long ago, were parched.

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High nitrate in hay causes cow deaths

High nitrate in hay causes cow deaths

Tim J. Evans

University of Missouri

On top of dealing with harsh winter weather in feeding cows, cattle farmers must guard against too much nitrate in poor-quality hay. “Just from cases we’ve confirmed, I know of 150 cows dying in the last month,” says Tim Evans, head toxicologist at the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.

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Managing the calving season

Managing the calving season

Jerry Little

The Advocate-Messenger

Providing sound management during the calving season can mean more live calves. Excessive losses can mean the difference between a year’s profit or loss for a beef producer. It is important to have a short calving period to allow frequent observation and assistance if needed.

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Hit those critical time points in 2019

Hit those critical time points in 2019

Mike Rankin

Hay and Forage Grower

Speaking at the Cattlemen’s College as a part of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Cattle Industry Convention held in New Orleans, La., Jennings encouraged attendees to always be thinking and planning forage systems one year ahead; in effect, to have a plan that makes success for your operation rather than just hope for it.

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Suggestions for buying a bull

Suggestions for buying a bull

Doug Shepherd

The News Enterprise

Bull Buying Tips. We rapidly are approaching bull buying season in Kentucky, so there are few basics Dr. Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky Extension beef specialist, thought needed to be shared. The genetics in the bull you are buying now will have a huge impact immediately on your herd, and could linger for years to come if you keep replacements from him. For this reason, it is important to get this decision right.

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