Daily Archives: April 22, 2019

The Story of Morlunda Farms

The Story of Morlunda Farms

Harvest Filmworks

New technologies for range and pasture management

New technologies for range and pasture management

Mitchell Stephenson

The Fence Post

As technology improves and continually moves forward, more and more information can be gathered remotely to make informed decisions on Nebraska’s farms and ranches. Remote sensing is the science of obtaining information about objects or areas from a distance, typically from drones, airplanes or satellites.

Full Story

I Normally Like Ribs . . .

I Normally Like Ribs . . .

Dr. Les Anderson

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Jeff, Darrh, and I were chatting the other day and, amazingly, we all agreed on something! Over our many miles of travel this winter/spring, we have seen more ribs on cows that any of us can remember. The wet, cold winter and poor hay quality has really stressed cows and if we don’t watch out, it will impact rebreeding.

Full Story

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).

Full Story

Disruptive stocker technology

Disruptive stocker technology

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

“You’ve got to recognize disruptive technologies when they arrive and adopt them early or you’re not going to be here,” said Robin Falkner, DVM, of CattleFlow, near Nashville, Tenn. He is a consultant on feeder cattle health, management and procurement; recognized for using a multidimensional approach to continuous improvement, with the goal of helping clients benchmark in the top 25% for operational efficiency, profitability, and quality of life for man and cattle.

Full Story

How Prenuptial Agreements Protect Farms

How Prenuptial Agreements Protect Farms

Sara Schafer


Prenuptial agreements are far from romantic. But they can prevent a farm from facing a devastating asset loss or long-term hard feelings.  “I always tell people that nobody gets on an airplane thinking that it’s going to crash, but you still go over the safety instructions,” says Cari Rincker, principal attorney with Rincker Law in Champaign, Ill. “I look at prenups often the same way—they are the safety instructions for a marriage.”

Full Story

“Preconditioning” improves cattle investment

“Preconditioning” improves cattle investment

The Magnolia Reporter

Arkansas cattle producers looking to improve their return on investment should consider preconditioning calves before taking them to market, extension specialists told attendees at the Livestock and Forestry Station field day on Tuesday in Batesville.

Full Story

Five documents every farmer should have

Five documents every farmer should have

Mike Rosmann

In October 2012 I wrote that every farmer should have these five signed and notarized documents: 1) will, 2) advance health care directive, 3) a designated power of attorney to make health care decisions, 4) designated power of attorney to make business decisions and 5) letter of instruction.

Full Story

Cow farts and global warming

Cow farts and global warming

Ian Brown and Olivia Fuhrman

Salt Lake Tribune

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Greenhouse gas emissions are on the rise, global warming is becoming a bigger threat, and cow farts are partly to blame. Methane from cows is a big contributor to the greenhouse effect, trapping 30 times more heat than carbon dioxide. In recent years, a report from United Nation’s Food mentioned that “methane from livestock accounted for 39 percent of all the greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

Full Story

Will meatless burgers save the world?

Will meatless burgers save the world?

Kirsty Vitarelli


To some, there’s nothing more satisfying than sinking their teeth into a juicy beef burger. But the cattle industry is a large contributor to global-warming greenhouse gases — thanks to the carbon dioxide produced by cows, and the cutting down of forests, which soak up CO2, to make more room for grass-eating steers.

Full Story