Daily Archives: May 16, 2019

Mark Parker:   The Top 10 hay field challenges

Mark Parker:   The Top 10 hay field challenges


#10.  Late for your anniversary dinner or let the down-hay get wet — either way you lose.

#9.  It’s tough to catch a Johnsongrass-sericea-ragweed-thistle meadow at its absolute nutritional peak.

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Consumers choose beef raised with antibiotics over beef raised without

Consumers choose beef raised with antibiotics over beef raised without


Minnesota Farm Guide

Food production is a balancing act between raising an efficient, cost effective product for the consumer, but also taking note of consumer concerns and addressing them. In the beef industry, growth promoting technologies, such as anabolic implants and feed additives have improved overall feed efficiency and growth rate, but are coming under scrutiny by the consumer.

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Happiness is Being in the Herd

Happiness is Being in the Herd

Tom Krawiec

On Pasture

One of the skills I have developed is the ability to create a herd (when I use the term herd I also mean flerd, mob, or flock). When I first began grazing, I thought the animals were a herd because they were grazing in small paddocks. But, just because animals are in the same proximity does not mean they are a herd; it just means they are grazing the same grass.

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Premature Problems

Premature Problems

Dr. Ken McMillan

The passive immunity function is something your veterinarian can check with a simple blood test. If it is inadequate, and you want to give her the best start possible, a blood or plasma transfusion from her dam or another mature cow could benefit her greatly.

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Donnell Brown Proclaims Efficiency the Next Great Frontier, Genomic Enhancement will Get Us There

Donnell Brown Proclaims Efficiency the Next Great Frontier, Genomic Enhancement will Get Us There

Oklahoma Farm Report

“The DNA technology we have is remarkable. We can know more about a young breeding heifer before we ever breed her the first time. We can know as much about her as if she had produced up to 20 calves for most traits,” Brown said.

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Udder Quality in Beef Cows – Does it Matter?

Udder Quality in Beef Cows – Does it Matter?

Dr. Michelle Arnold, DVM, Dr. Darrh Bullock

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Udder and teat quality are two of the most important functional traits for a beef cow. Although much of the focus in selection of female replacements is on milk production, the milk delivery system (udder and teats) is equally important.

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Watch for Blue-Green Algae in Stock Ponds

Watch for Blue-Green Algae in Stock Ponds

Steve Ensley DVM


Mostly likely spurred by nitrogen and phosphorus runoff, rainfall and hot temperatures, blue-green algae, naturally present in most pasture water sources, can enter a rapid growth phase and produce toxins that can cause organ damage and death in livestock and humans.

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Nobody knows the weather like a farmer

Nobody knows the weather like a farmer

Erica Louder

Progressive Forage

He stayed up past midnight to fertilize the pastures because according to the AccuWeather app, rain was supposed to start by 8 a.m. Perfect timing to dissolve the pellets. My iPhone weather app didn’t show any rain expected until the next evening. But he claims the AccuWeather app is always more accurate.

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Poisonous plants that can kill cattle

Poisonous plants that can kill cattle

Heather Smith Thomas

Beef Magazine

It’s been said that all that glitters is not gold. Transfer that thought to your pastures, and all that is green isn’t good — especially for your cattle. Indeed, there are many plants that can cause illness, death, abortion, birth defects, metabolic disorders, photosensitization and other problems in cattle.

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Beef cattle get a genetic makeover for a warming world

Beef cattle get a genetic makeover for a warming world

Marc Heller

E&E News

For Raluca Mateescu, the battle against climate change involves an unusual task: breeding a better steak. A researcher at the University of Florida, Mateescu is tweaking cattle genes to try to unlock one of the mysteries of Southern agriculture: developing a breed that can withstand the hot, humid weather that has become more pronounced due to climate change while still producing high-quality beef.

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