Daily Archives: April 2, 2019

Baxter Black, DVM:  90% Taxes is Nothing New

Baxter Black, DVM:  90% Taxes is Nothing New

This year I’m having a déjà foo. I remember learning in high school social studies that the maximum income tax then was 90%!  I was stunned!

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What are the Future Applications in Beef Cattle?

What are the Future Applications in Beef Cattle?

Dr. Mahdi Saatchi
Simmental Register

As a Simmental breeder, how did you make your bull selection and breeding decisions before 2011? It was most likely based on EPDs and individual performance data. Does that sound right? You may have heard of DNA testing at that time, but there weren’t genomically-enhanced EPDs (GE-EPD) available for Simmental breeders to make more accurate selection decisions. The American Simmental Association (ASA) released its first sets of GE-EPDs in 2012 after several years of research and development in collaboration with Iowa State University (ISU) and National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium (NBCEC).

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Don’t Underestimate the Value of a Crossbred Cow

Don’t Underestimate the Value of a Crossbred Cow

Tonya Amen

Gelbvieh World

In one of my last articles in the Gelbvieh World, I promised more detail on the value of crossbred females. Those of you who were able to join us for the 48th Annual American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, got a good refresher on the value of crossbreeding in Dr. Darrh Bullock’s presentation at the Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup. If you were unable to attend convention, I’d encourage you to watch the entire presentation, which is available on the AGA Facebook page. AG.N.s registry of Balancer® cattle shows that as a whole, the Gelbvieh breed values the use of crossbreeding.

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Here are some tips for the dos and don’ts in the first 15 minutes of a newborn calf’s life.

Here are some tips for the dos and don’ts in the first 15 minutes of a newborn calf’s life.

Kindra Gordon

Angus Journal

Knowing how to best support calves in their first moments of life is critical to start them on a successful journey. Although most management practices related to calving are done with the best intentions, not all are helpful to the calf or the cow, says Amanda Fordyce, a technical calf consultant with Milk Products LLC. She highlights some of the dos and don’ts during delivery and the moments after a calf is born.

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Assuring quality beef

Assuring quality beef

Shelby Filley

The News Review

The BQA program started in the early 1980s when producers wanted to ensure practices were safe and would pass the scrutiny of consumers. The USDA audited the cattle feeding segment of the industry to look at various practices and how they impacted meat quality.

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Want Sustainable Farming? Look To High-Tech Farms

Want Sustainable Farming? Look To High-Tech Farms

Jenny Splitter


Beef seems to have had a rough year. A growing body of research suggests that consumers can help mitigate the impacts of climate change by eating less meat from ruminant animals like beef and lamb. Despite the raging debate about beef’s impacts, the data shows red meat isn’t going the way of the congealed salad anytime soon.

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Family ranch focuses on higher-end breed

Family ranch focuses on higher-end breed

Cass Rains

Enid News & Eagle

inda Woodruff and her family raise the Japanese breed of Wagyu cattle on their family farm, Silverwood Wagyu, east of Fairmont. The name comes from “Wa,” which means Japanese, and “Gyu,” which means cow. Silverwood also is a hybrid name, as Woodruff’s son, Jeremy, manages the farm’s website and her daughter, Stacey Silver, and Stacey’s husband, Justin, manage the day-to-day operation of the farm.  “It’s a family farm,” Woodruff said. “We all work together.”

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Plan 2019 forage management now

Plan 2019 forage management now

Stillwater News Press

The economic basis for cow-calf production is growing grass and using cows to harvest the grass. Feed costs are typically the largest component of annual cow costs in cow-calf operations. Total feed cost includes grazing cost, harvested forage and purchased supplemental feed. Producers can minimize annual feed costs by managing for maximum grazing; with minimal use of hay and supplemental feed to seasonally overcome lack of forage quantity and/or quality.

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Stories of Hope Flood Out of Nebraska

Stories of Hope Flood Out of Nebraska

Clinton Griffiths


As states like Nebraska continue to wrap their arms around what appears to the be the worst natural disaster in state history stories are slowly starting to pour out of the region from farmers and ranchers impacted by the flood.  Michigan Farm Bureau and Ag Community Relief recently made a trip to Verdigre, Nebraska to hear for themselves the stories from the storm including the experiences of ranchers Clint Pischel and Willard Ruzicka.

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Senators introduce bill to bring transparency to checkoff programs

Senators introduce bill to bring transparency to checkoff programs

Beef Producer

A bipartisan duo of senators hope to bring transparency and accountability to the federal government’s checkoff programs. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Cory Booker, D-N.J., re-introduced the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act on March 28. The bill is a direct response to past checkoff program misconduct. Changes proposed by this legislation are designed to improve checkoff board behavior and avoid similar conduct in the future.

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