Daily Archives: March 20, 2019

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 ways to use a horse as a weather gauge

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 ways to use a horse as a weather gauge

FarmTalk

  1. You’re walking across the pasture and run smack-dab into a Shetland pony — heavy fog in low-lying areas.
  2. The horse swishes his tail and knocks you unconscious — icy conditions.

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Baxter Black, DVM: The Rookie DVM

Baxter Black, DVM: The Rookie DVM

How many of you have ever had a new veterinarian out to your place? You think you’re scared!

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2019 Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame: Jim Odle’s Revolutionary Marketing

2019 Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame: Jim Odle’s Revolutionary Marketing

Greg Henderson

Drovers

There was no shortage of skeptics when Superior Livestock Auction held its first video sale at the National Western Stock Show in 1987. Buying cattle represented a huge investment, and successful cowboys all possessed a keen eye for livestock with a knack for identifying lots that would work. Bidding on cattle viewed only from a video clip meant placing significant trust in the auction company to fairly and accurately represent the animals.

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Veterinarians say ranchers now need to turn to post-blizzard care for cows and calves

Veterinarians say ranchers now need to turn to post-blizzard care for cows and calves

Rachel Gabel

The Fence Post

Preparation for the bomb cyclone snow event in parts of Colorado and surrounding states began days before its arrival for many stockmen. Constructing wind breaks, readying warm calving facilities, and stocking supplies were added to the tasks of cattle producers already balancing the demands of calving season.

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Consider native warm-season grasses to complement tall fescue

Consider native warm-season grasses to complement tall fescue

Linda Geist

High Plains Journal

Native warm-season grasses can yield more forage than traditional tall fescue, says Tim Schnakenberg, University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist. Fans of native-warm season grasses like to use big bluestem, switch grass, Indian grass and eastern gama grass for hay and pastures. The grasses also serve as a wildlife habitat.

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How many people does one farmer feed in a year?

How many people does one farmer feed in a year?

Maria Trimarchi

Howstuffworks

In the 1930s one American farmer produced enough agricultural product to feed a total of four people; a family farm was literally meant to feed a family. Fast forward 40 years, and that number rises from four people to 73. Fast forward through 80 years of agricultural and bioscience innovation, and in the 2010s, one farmer produces enough food to feed 155 people

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Celebrating the Iconic Origins of the National Western Stock Show

Celebrating the Iconic Origins of the National Western Stock Show

Diane Meyer

Hereford World

The Super Bowl of livestock shows did not earn its universal moniker by happenstance Though not unlike other long-standing livestock shows, the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) has a reputation superseding all others. Identifying the show’s distinguishing factor proves difficult, initially. Yes, the event is historic, but so are the other national shows. Is it the superior genetics, the steep competition, the thrilling atmosphere that sets the NWSS apart?

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