Daily Archives: May 8, 2019

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 signs a farmer should see a psychiatrist

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 signs a farmer should see a psychiatrist


#10.  His lender has said, ‘Are you crazy?’ so many times that he’s beginning to wonder.

#9.  He buys his wife a new outfit two sizes too big for her birthday.

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Extended-release dewormer can lead to lower feedlot morbidity and improved carcass quality

Extended-release dewormer can lead to lower feedlot morbidity and improved carcass quality

Katrina Huffstutler

The Fence Post

’Tis the season to think about parasites robbing your beef cow herd. The weather is finally warmer, the bugs and other little things are crawling all over. But what about those you can’t see? Recent estimates put annual losses from internal parasites at $200 per cow-calf pair, so it’s no surprise many research studies say controlling them offers one of the best returns on investment in the business.

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Turn your idea into a business plan

Turn your idea into a business plan

Lynn Jaynes

Progressive Forage

At some point or another, many producers toy with the idea of starting another business or adding a business component to the production model. Some parents require that children coming back into the operation bring an additional business with them, to make limited resources stretch.

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Evaluating Winter Wheat for Forage or for Grain

Evaluating Winter Wheat for Forage or for Grain

Aaron Berger

University of Nebraska

Current market conditions for wheat along with the price and short availability of hay in some locations is setting up a scenario where the growing winter wheat crop may have more value for grazing or as a hay crop this spring than to harvest it for grain.

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Implants at the Stocker Level

Implants at the Stocker Level

Becky Mills
Progressive Farmer

While growth implants give a strong return on investment, they aren’t miracle workers, especially in the stocker phase. David Lalman, Oklahoma State University Extension beef cattle specialist, says, “the response of the implant is related to performance. The more nutrients the calf is getting, the more economical the implant is.”

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USDA RFID electronic tag timeline for cattle traceability

USDA RFID electronic tag timeline for cattle traceability

Mark Dorenkamp

Brownfield Network

Cattle producers need to prepare for expanded electronic ID requirements under the federal Animal Disease Traceability rule. Chelsea Good with the Livestock Marketing Association says the USDA released a timeline during the National Institute of Animal Agriculture meeting last month.

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Could Mystery Allergy Rock Fake Meat?

Could Mystery Allergy Rock Fake Meat?

Greg Henderson


You’ve no doubt heard about the glorious man-made foodstuff that is – if you are to believe its inventors – the cure for everything from global warming to animal cruelty to flat feet. We’re talking about veggie burgers, or alternative proteins, or simply fake meat.

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