Daily Archives: April 24, 2019

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 signs a farmer is a grouch

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 signs a farmer is a grouch

FarmTalk

  1. Wrenches lie rusting in the grass 20 yards from where he was working on the planter.
  2. His horse thinks his name is “counterfeit club-footed sack-a-catfood!”

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Red Plus White Equals Green

Red Plus White Equals Green

Becky Mills
Progressive Farmer

Always on the hunt for ways to boost profits, Tommy Mead has been looking forward to a new marketing program that will highlight the value of his cross-bred cows. It represents the coming together of two giants in the beef industry—the American Hereford Association (AHA) and the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA).

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Make sure rations are adequate for lactating cows

Make sure rations are adequate for lactating cows

Western Livestock Journal

Calving season is in full swing across much of cattle country, and the first 60 to 90 days post-calving are the most nutritionally demanding period in the production cycle, according to two North Dakota State University (NDSU) animal scientists. “The expectations for a cow at this time are many,” says Janna Block, livestock systems specialist at the Hettinger Research Extension Center.

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The how-tos of utilizing the Livestock Indemnity Program

The how-tos of utilizing the Livestock Indemnity Program

The Cattle Business Weekly

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides assistance to eligible producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather, disease and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law. LIP compensates livestock owners and contract growers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including losses due to hurricanes, floods, blizzards, wildfires, extreme heat or extreme cold.

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The Real Whopper

The Real Whopper

Jennifer Houston

Northern AG Network

We’re not even a third of the way through 2019, but we already have a frontrunner for a political fact-checker’s annual “Lie of the Year” award: the trendy yet incorrect political/media narrative that if we all just cut back on eating delicious real beef hamburgers, we’re going to stop or significantly slow climate change.

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How much water is needed to produce a pound of beef?

How much water is needed to produce a pound of beef?

Manitoba Cooperator

es, it takes water to produce beef, but in the 2.5 million years since our ancestors started eating meat, we haven’t lost a drop yet. Based on the most recent science and extensive calculations of a wide range of factors, it is estimated that the pasture-to-plate journey of this important protein source requires about 1,910 U.S. gallons per pound (or 15,944 litres per kilogram) of water to get Canadian beef to the dinner table. That’s what is known as the “water footprint” of beef production.

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Strategies offered to reduce parasite problems and increase cattle performance.

Strategies offered to reduce parasite problems and increase cattle performance.

Kasey Brown

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Flies are pests to your cattle and to your wallet. They bother your cattle, forcing them to group together to protect each other instead of grazing. They also are vectors of disease like pinkeye, mastitis bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and anaplasmosis, says Casey White, director of product development at Central Life Sciences.

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Farm Groups Ask President, Congress for Disaster Relief

Farm Groups Ask President, Congress for Disaster Relief

American Farm Bureau

A group of 135 farm organizations and banks that supply seasonal loans to farms and ranches today called on the President and Congress to put aside political differences and supply urgently needed relief in the wake of weather-related disasters in 2018 and 2019.

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Test can determine if bull is ready for breeding season

Test can determine if bull is ready for breeding season

Kansas State University

This time of year, A.J. Tarpoff enjoys warmer temperatures and green grass just as much as the next guy, but you might cut him a little slack if he thinks a bit differently about the onset of spring-like weather. Tarpoff, a beef extension veterinarian at Kansas State University, turns his thoughts to cow-calf producers and the need to get bulls ready for the upcoming breeding season.

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NCBA CEO Kendal Frazier Announces Plans for Retirement

NCBA CEO Kendal Frazier Announces Plans for Retirement

AgWeb

After 34 years with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the past four as CEO, Kendal Frazier announced his plans for retirement this morning. Kendal’s career began as a farm broadcaster in Kansas, where he also served as director of communications for Kansas Livestock Association, before moving to Denver, Colo., to join the staff of the National Cattlemen’s Association (NCA), predecessor organization to NCBA. During his illustrious career, he served the beef industry through some of its most challenging times and events.

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