Daily Archives: May 9, 2019

How Much Rest Does Your Pasture Need?

How Much Rest Does Your Pasture Need?

Victor Shelton

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

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.

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Stray Dogs, Coyotes May Spread Disease

Stray Dogs, Coyotes May Spread Disease

Dr. Ken McMillan

First, let’s make sure everyone knows what Neospora is. This a protozoan (single-celled organism) that can cause abortion in cattle. It has a weird life cycle, and dogs and other canines are the “definitive host.” They become infected by eating cattle, chicken, deer and other wildlife.

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Kansas Mesonet launches cattle comfort tool

Kansas Mesonet launches cattle comfort tool

Kansas State University
The Kansas Mesonet is launching a new tool: cattle comfort index. The harsh conditions this winter resulted in negative impacts on cattle, particularly calves. One symptom of the problems was the large number of requests for Mesonet data to document losses under the Livestock Indemnity Program. A comprehensive tool on the weather impacts should prove useful for future events. Negative impacts are not limited to winter conditions. This tool also helps assess the response to excessive heat and humidity.

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Rebuilding Fences After Flood/Blizzard Damage

Rebuilding Fences After Flood/Blizzard Damage

Jessica Groskopf, J. David Aiken

University of Nebraska

After this spring’s blizzards and flooding, fence rebuilding is a priority for many livestock producers. In setting new fences, questions may come up regarding opportunities for financial assistance as well as neighbor responsibilities as outlined in Nebraska fencing laws. This article discusses a USDA cost-share program, Nebraska fencing law, and considerations as you assess the damage.

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Cattle grazing is critical for a healthy ecosystem

Cattle grazing is critical for a healthy ecosystem

Amanda Radke

Beef Magazine

The war against beef is greater now than it’s ever been. As discussions about climate change heat up, the focus seems to largely be on the cow, and the solution proposed by so many is for society to move toward a plant-based diet.

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Ranching for Profit workshop in White County

Ranching for Profit workshop in White County

Morning AG Clips

Indiana pasture owners and forage producers will learn how to transform their pastures into businesses and to successfully transition their operations from one generation to the next at the “Ranching for Profit – The 3 Secrets for Increasing Profit” workshop on June 14 at the White County Fairgrounds.

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Return on Investment

Return on Investment

Kindra Gordon

King Ranch Institute

It is no secret that education is often credited with being the cornerstone to business success. Consider the words of famed investor Warren Buffett: “Investing in yourself is the best thing you can do….You can have all kinds of things happen. But if you’ve got talent yourself, and you’ve maximized your talent, you’ve got a tremendous asset that can return ten-fold.”

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Beef Contribution in 2018 from Dairy Cattle

Beef Contribution in 2018 from Dairy Cattle

Brenda Boetel


Dairy cattle continue to be a significant contributor to the commercial U.S. beef supply. Despite growing beef cattle inventories since 2014, dairy animals have been a stable source of beef and continue to play a key role in filling U.S. beef demand. In 2018 the dairy sector contributed 5.6 billion pounds (21.0 %) of beef to the U.S. commercial beef supply from finished steers, finished heifers and cull cows.

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Now is the Time to Prepare for Next Spring’s Calving Season

Now is the Time to Prepare for Next Spring’s Calving Season

Glen Selk


Only 1 to 2 months ago the spring calving cows were calving, the temperatures were colder and the calving pastures were already covered with muck and manure. Experience would say that you do not want to ask cow calf operators how calving is then, because the response would be less than objective, reflecting bone-chilling cold and not enough sleep.

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USDA: 97% of All Farms Are Family-Owned

USDA: 97% of All Farms Are Family-Owned


The  U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry. The latest data come from the Census of Agriculture farm typology report and help shine light on the question, “What is a family farm?”

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