Daily Archives: April 18, 2019

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 photos farmers post on social media

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 photos farmers post on social media


  1. The classic “bull stuck in a hay ring.”
  2. Mired-in-mud tractor hooked to bigger tractor (now stuck), hooked to even bigger tractor (now stuck).

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Summer Stocker Outlook for 2019

Summer Stocker Outlook for 2019

Greg Halich and Kenny Burdine

Cow Country News

As we progress through the end of winter and pastures start to grow, stocker operators are looking to place calves into summer grazing programs. Calf prices typically rise in the spring and our calf market has risen by roughly $8 per cwt from fall 2018. At the time of this writing (March 11, 2019), fall 2019 CME© feeder cattle futures were trading around $153 per cwt, which was roughly a $10 premium over the March contract. This expected increase in feeder cattle prices between now and fall suggests there is a lot more upside price potential for calves as we move closer to grass growth.

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Modeling efficiency and robustness in ruminants: the nutritional point of view

Modeling efficiency and robustness in ruminants: the nutritional point of view

Daniel Sauvant

Animal Frontiers

Over the past decades, livestock production and breeding have been mainly focused on improving performance because more productive animals have a better feed efficiency and present a higher margin over feed cost. Efficiency is also gaining renewed interest following Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) analysis, which shows that one of the major approaches for ensuring global food security is to increase the efficiency of processing food resources in animal products (Makkar and Beever, 2013).

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Cattlemen’s Beef Board names Hanes as new CEO

Cattlemen’s Beef Board names Hanes as new CEO


The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (CBB) has named Gregory Hanes of Colorado as its new chief executive officer, effective June 17, 2019. “Knowledge of beef producers and the overall beef industry is a must in this role,” noted Chuck Coffey, CBB chairman from Davis, Okla. “Greg is well regarded – both here in the U.S. and abroad – for his background and understanding of promoting beef and building industry relationships.”

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Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund

Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund

Nebraska Cattlemen
Nebraska Cattlemen is working to assist cattle producers impacted by natural disasters by launching a new disaster relief fund.  100% of all donations received will be distributed to Nebraska cattle producers affected by natural disasters, including recent wet weather events.

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Enrolling in an A.I. school may be time well spent off the ranch

Enrolling in an A.I. school may be time well spent off the ranch

Wendy Sweeter

Progressive Cattleman

Beef producers may be a bit apprehensive about paying the fee and taking the time away from the ranch to learn how to artificially inseminate their cows. However, those who attend an A.I. school bring valuable information about semen handling, A.I. technique and heat detection home to the ranch.

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Kansas Livestock Association to Receive Don L. Good Impact Award

Kansas Livestock Association to Receive Don L. Good Impact Award

Kansas State University

he Kansas Livestock Association (KLA), a trade organization protecting the business interests of livestock producers, has been selected to receive the 2019 Don L. Good Impact Award. Members of the association are involved in many aspects of the livestock industry, including seedstock, cow-calf and stocker cattle production, cattle feeding, dairy production, swine production, grazing land management and diversified farming operations. The association’s work is funded by voluntary dues dollars paid by its more than 5,500 members.

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Checking the herd for BVD starts with calves.

Checking the herd for BVD starts with calves.

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

It takes diligence to keep a herd free of bovine viral diarrhea (BVD). This disease can sneak into your herd in many different ways, but one of the most common ways it spreads through the herd is with persistently infected (PI) calves.

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AgriLife Extension grass-fed beef conference May 30-31

AgriLife Extension grass-fed beef conference May 30-31

AgriLife Today

The popular grass-fed beef conference is scheduled May 30-31 and will provide a comprehensive look at grass-fed beef production and marketing opportunities in Texas, according to organizers. This Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service conference provides in-depth instruction and is hosted on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

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Beef cattle health paramount to success

Beef cattle health paramount to success

Pea Ridge Times

A proper health program will vary from herd to herd. A single program will not fit all herds throughout the state. For example, some herds may have very few health problems and, therefore, a minimal program will suffice while others may need a very extensive herd health plan. Also, particular diseases may be prevalent in one herd or area and be absent in another. The herd health program should be tailored to fit the individual herd.

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