Daily Archives: May 7, 2019

Baxter Black, DVM:  Inheriting the Family Farm

Baxter Black, DVM:  Inheriting the Family Farm

The latest statistics show that less then 2% of the population is directly involved in production agriculture. It is a function of an increasing overall population and a limited amount of farm ground.

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Here’s How to Successfully Grow Grass

Here’s How to Successfully Grow Grass

Victor Shelton

On Pasture

I took the time to walk through most of my pastures a few days ago. I recommend doing this fairly often to keep a mental forage inventory. It is best to record the findings. Some use fancy electronic data sheets, some track on paper charts, some just have notes in their pocket datebook or smart phone. I use a combination. I like the paper charts for long term planning, but for a quick assessment, I like a white board.

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Value of gain

Value of gain

Jason Banta for Progressive Cattleman

I often receive calls from producers wanting feeding recommendations because their “calves are not big enough to sale.” Focusing only on a traditional sale weight for a commercial cow-calf operation can often end up reducing net profits. Cow body condition and availability of high-quality forage are more important for determining when to wean and sale calves than a weight goal.

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Consider the Options:  The Implant Decision

Consider the Options:  The Implant Decision

Becky Mills
Progressive Farmer

Implants are not an automatic decision at the Akins ranch. Chandler and Callie Akins take the time to identify which calves are going to be developed as seedstock, and which will move on as feeders first. The brother-sister team has learned staying flexible on implants is one way to maximize marketing opportunities.

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Greenhouse Gas Guru, Mitloehner, Says Cow-Fart Protestors Spread More Manure than Beef Industry

Greenhouse Gas Guru, Mitloehner, Says Cow-Fart Protestors Spread More Manure than Beef Industry

Oklahoma Farm Report

Dr. Frank Mitloehner of the University of California-Davis, or the Greenhouse Gas Guru as he is known on Twitter, is a strong proponent of telling the story of sustainability for the beef cattle industry. He recently pushed back against Patrick Brown, founder of one of the more high profile plant-based burger patty manufacturer The Impossible Burger, during an interview on NPR that took place earlier this week.

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Flies Associated with Cattle in Dry Lots

Flies Associated with Cattle in Dry Lots

Dave Boxler

University of Nebraska

Maintaining beef cattle in a dry lot is an alternative management system to traditional pasture or range beef production initially developed to offset the lack of pasture during drought conditions. Dry lot management continues to be used in situations when grazing is unavailable. There is one production issue that remains constant for any livestock producer in any management system, and that is flies. They are the face fly, horn fly, house fly, and stable fly depending upon the dry lot system utilized.

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Expand approach to reduce risks of BVDV

Expand approach to reduce risks of BVDV


Vaccinating is the act of giving the animal a vaccine, Walz explained, while immunization is when the animal has an immune response to the vaccine. He said producers ideally will give two doses of modified-live virus (MLV) reproductive vaccine in replacement heifers before they are bred for the first time, with the last dose given approximately 30 days prior to breeding.

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Environmental impacts of beef cattle production in the U.S.

Environmental impacts of beef cattle production in the U.S.

Southern Livestock

A study was conducted of farms, ranches, and feedlots in the seven regions throughout the U. S. to determine practices and characteristics of cattle production. The purpose was to establish benchmarks of environmental impacts and to quantify resource use and emissions for all production systems, including traditional beef breeds and cull dairy animals.

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Slow pasture grass growth irks farmers, cool weather only part of the problem

Slow pasture grass growth irks farmers, cool weather only part of the problem

University of Missouri

Grass growers ask, “Why doesn’t my grass grow this spring?” “It’s the cool weather and a whole lot more,” says Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. Delayed crop planting and slow grass growth were common topics in the weekly agronomy teleconference for MU Extension specialists. Best pasture grass grows in 70-degree weather, Roberts said. That’s day-and-night average for 24 hours. It’s not a day with 70 degrees for two hours in the afternoon.

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BIF Annual Meeting and Research Symposium Early Registration Due May 15

BIF Annual Meeting and Research Symposium Early Registration Due May 15

Save $100 and register by May 15 for the 2019 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium. This year’s event will be June 18-21 at the University Comfort Suites and Convention Center in Brookings, South Dakota. Online registration is available at http://www.beefimprovement.org. An industry tour is scheduled for Friday, June 21. Stops will include Millborn Seeds, Redstone Feeders, Wienk Charolais and Schadé Winery. A spousal tour is also planned for Wednesday, June 19. It will include stops at McCrory Gardens, Schadé Winery and Local Foods Education Center.

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