Daily Archives: May 24, 2019

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 farmer daydreams

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 farmer daydreams

FarmTalk

#10. The guy bidding against you at the farm sale is stricken with a weird temporary paralysis.

#9. Your lender calls and, because of a computer glitch, they actually owe you money.

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BQA becoming more than just ‘the right thing to do’

BQA becoming more than just ‘the right thing to do’

Libby Bigler

Progressive Cattleman

A 2011 survey of U.S. beef cattle producers done in conjunction with the National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) found 87 percent of respondents who operated their ranches consistent with Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) standards did so because “it’s the right thing to do.”

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Does It Really Take $4.5 Million to Be a Stock Cow Operator?

Does It Really Take $4.5 Million to Be a Stock Cow Operator?

Shawn Williamson

Successful Farming

Recently, I was asked how much it would cost to become a full-time independent rancher – someone who makes a living solely raising beef cattle. I’m always up for a challenge, but this was a tough one.

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Quality effects on beef strip steaks from cattle fed high-protein corn distillers grains

Quality effects on beef strip steaks from cattle fed high-protein corn distillers grains

Kellen B Hart, Felipe A Ribeiro Morgan, L Henriott Nicolas, J Herrera, Chris R Calkins

Journal of Animal Science

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of feeding high-protein corn distillers grains on fresh beef quality. Steers (n = 60) were fed one of five diets for 190 d (six pens with 10 cattle/pen/diet): a corn control (Control), 40% high-protein dry distillers grains plus solubles (HP-DDGS), 40% dry distillers grains plus solubles (DDGS), 40% wet distillers grains plus solubles (WDGS), or 40% bran plus solubles (Bran).

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Calling it American beef doesn’t mean it’s from America

Calling it American beef doesn’t mean it’s from America

David Schechter, Chance Horner

WFAA

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

This is a story about where beef comes from and it starts with an email. It comes from Verify viewer, Dan Strother, who writes: “A rancher friend told me that large beef suppliers import beef from overseas and repackage it as a ‘Product of the USA.'”

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Be prepared for vaccination reactions in cattle

Be prepared for vaccination reactions in cattle

Heather Smith Thomas

Canadian Cattleman

Occasionally cattle react to vaccine. An allergic reaction can be mild and local, with swelling at the injection site. But if the animal goes into anaphylactic shock, it can be serious and even fatal.

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Fearing Repeat of 2018, Beef Farmers Wary of Wet Pastures

Fearing Repeat of 2018, Beef Farmers Wary of Wet Pastures

Tom Venesky

Lancaster Farming

Not too long ago, 2017 was the wettest year Dave Nogan had experienced on his Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, beef farm. Nogan, 30, recalls thinking that if another wet year followed, it would mean trouble. “And then 2018 turned out to be 10 times worse,” he said.

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