Monthly Archives: May 2019

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 things totally clueless urban passersby report to the sheriff

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 things totally clueless urban passersby report to the sheriff

FarmTalk

#10. There’s a man laying beneath some sort of farm equipment and — goodness — the language he’s using!

#9. A big farm thing with an orange triangle on the back is taking up the whole road and I’m late for my hair appointment.

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How Do You Graze When Your Pastures Are Saturated?

How Do You Graze When Your Pastures Are Saturated?

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

got an email from a reader this past week asking just this question. Rain, rain, and more rain had soaked his soils. Not wanting to damage his pastures, he delayed turn out for a month, but his hay supplies are running out, and the pastures are maturing. He wondered what folks in the know would do.

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Breeding Beef Cows Back after a Tough Winter

Breeding Beef Cows Back after a Tough Winter

Dean Kreager

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

How do you avoid getting stuck in a rut? Take a different path. There was a real shortage of high quality or even medium quality hay made last year. Forage analysis results that I reviewed last fall were all lower quality than expected. As a result, many cowherds were much thinner at the beginning of the spring calving season this year. The problem with having thin cows at calving time is that they are likely to be even thinner at breeding time.

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Simplify cattle marketing with this technique

Simplify cattle marketing with this technique

Beef Producer

There’s a lot going on in the news and I’ve listened to other market commentary this week: To make this short and to the point, I think some of those market analysts need to own some cattle, make some trades and see if they have any money left.

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Avoid a breeding objective wreck: Use indices correctly

Avoid a breeding objective wreck: Use indices correctly

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

I have a confession. I’m not good with numbers. In fact, it was a stats class in college that convinced me to change majors to ag journalism. So, in this blog, we’re going to talk about numbers. Selection indices, to be exact.

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Now that 232 tariffs are gone, what next for USMCA?

Now that 232 tariffs are gone, what next for USMCA?

Sara Wyant

AG Week

he U.S. has agreed to lift its steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, removing major obstacles for ratification of the renegotiated North American free trade pact by all three countries. But gaining congressional approval could still be a heavy lift.

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All About Beef Trends

All About Beef Trends

Rebecca Mettler

Gelbvieh World

Beef consumer trends evolve, which makes it essential for the beef industry to stay connected to the customer in order to understand what they desire. One overarching consumer theme from the last several years is the increased interest in learning about how food is produced. At the same time, consumers are becoming more interested in some of the sustainability aspects of beef production, according to Heather Tansey, sustainability director for Cargill Animal Nutrition and Protein.
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Educating Representatives is Key to Gaining Support for Cattle Industry

Educating Representatives is Key to Gaining Support for Cattle Industry

Trevor Freitas

California Cattleman

As the CCA tour season winds down I thought I would give an update about what I would consider one of the m.ore im.portant events that CCA holds on an annual basis. The CCA Steak and Eggs Breakfast and lobby day at the capitol gives producers a chance to m.eet num.erous state legislators, m.any of whom. we would not get to cross paths with unless an event like this is in place for producers to attend. The breakfast always seem.s to attract a good crowd with this year being no exception and the legislators in attendance seem.ed to cover all corners of our vast state.

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Are you Prepared if Disaster Strikes

Are you Prepared if Disaster Strikes

Jeff Turner

Brangus Journal

Cow-calf producers are no strangers to dealing with the various emergencies Mother Nature throws their way. From wildfires to hurricanes, river flooding to fever ticks, producers have always been diligent in utilizing whatever tools they may have at their disposal to ensure the safety and viability of their ranching business. Preparedness planning has advanced over the years, and our industry is adapting to the enhanced need to be better prepared for a variety of issues in today’s ever-changing agricultural environment.

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Are you ready to work calves?

Are you ready to work calves?

Ginette Gottswiller,

Angus Beef Business

We received an early Christmas present from St. Nick this year while working calves a few days before Christmas and on Christmas Eve. We fall calve and normally work our calves in November after I come back from Angus Convention. Between weather and family health issues, we didn’t get done with harvest until December. This is the latest I can recall we have ever worked our fall calves.

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How Cattle Ranchers On The U.S.-Mexico Border Feel About The Wall

How Cattle Ranchers On The U.S.-Mexico Border Feel About The Wall

NBC News NOW

NBC’s Simone Boyce visits ranchers living along the southern border who feel that President Trump’s border wall would help keep them and their families safe.

 

Management Choice Can Add Cows Without Adding Pasture

Management Choice Can Add Cows Without Adding Pasture

Becky Mills
Progressive Farmer

Whether it’s by choice or because of a natural disaster, there are times when cows and calves end up in a drylot. The good news is it can work. For Alan Eck, drylotting is a choice. The 26-year old Henderson, Maryland, farmer is growing his operation, which includes corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, straw, hogs and broilers — as well as a small cow/calf and finishing operation.

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Preparing Calves for Market, Preconditioning and Process Verification

Preparing Calves for Market, Preconditioning and Process Verification

Rick Machen, Ron Gill

California Cattleman

The purpose of preconditioning stocker/ feeder calves is to minimize the morbidity and mortality experienced by calves as they move from their ranch of origin into the beef production systeni. Process verification is a systematic means of capturing and verifying ( sometimes by a third party) the preventative health and management protocols administered to a well identified group of cattle.
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Gene Editing: What Beef Producers Need to Know

Gene Editing: What Beef Producers Need to Know

Dr. Jared Decker

Brangus Journal

Have you ever evaluated a bull, either on paper or visually, and wished you could change one thing about that bull? With new technology, in the coming decades you may have this ability. For simple traits, we have that opportunity now.
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Lower heifer costs, not fertility

Lower heifer costs, not fertility

Katrina Huffstutler

Angus Beef Business

The reproductive physiologist with the University of Nebraska– North Platte addressed cattlemen at the Feeding Quality Forum last summer in Sioux City, Iowa. While input costs should be minimized in times like these, which are “breakeven at best” for many, he said, it won’t pay to compromise fertility in the process.

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Management Perspectives: Use of beef semen growing in dairy operations

Management Perspectives: Use of beef semen growing in dairy operations

Dr. Bob Hough

Western Livestock Journal

Staying profitable year in and year out in the farming and ranching business is not easily achieved. Perhaps there is no bigger case of this than with dairy farmers who have struggled with low fluid milk prices for years.

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Why Japanese Wagyu Beef Is So Coveted, According To A Beef Expert

Why Japanese Wagyu Beef Is So Coveted, According To A Beef Expert

Chelsea Davis

Forbes

Have you ever sat down at a fancy restaurant, knowing that you’re in for a treat, but are simultaneously confused as to what why the Japanese Wagyu Beef selection on the menu you’re staring at is so high-priced? Don’t worry; you’re not alone.

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Jumpstart Herd Health

Jumpstart Herd Health

Farms.com

Jumpstart Herd Health

  1. T. Cosby, cattle nutritionist with Purina, talks about how to raise healthy cattle beyond just vaccinations.

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Calculating the pros and cons of creep feeding.

Calculating the pros and cons of creep feeding.

Glenn Selk

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Feed conversions of calves fed creep have been quite variable to say the least. Conversions of 5:1, or 5 pounds (lb.) of grain consumed to 1 lb. of extra calf weight, are very rare and the optimum that can be expected using a “typical” high-energy creep feed. Conversions may be as poor as 15:1 (or worse) in some situations. Several factors affect the amount of creep feed that is consumed for each additional pound of gain.

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Making ruminant farming part of the climate change solution

Making ruminant farming part of the climate change solution

Jane Byrne

Feed Navigator

The company’s first product, Mootral Ruminant, is a methane reduction product for dairy and beef cattle as well as sheep, which is based on a proprietary combination of organosulfur compounds from garlic and bioflavonoids extracted from citrus.

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