Monthly Archives: June 2019

Stupid Celebrity Food Quotes

Stupid Celebrity Food Quotes

Greg Henderson


know what you’re thinking, “Who cares what celebrities say about anything?” I get it. Most celebrity musings on food, agriculture or politics are just drivel.

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Making High Quality Baleage

Making High Quality Baleage

Jason Hartschuh

The Ohio Beef Letter

Spring 2019 has been challenging to say the least. Hay fields have disappeared due to winter kill and small grains matured before we could make hay. Making the forages that you have at the highest quality possible will be key. One way to maintain forage quality with small dry weather windows is to make silage or baleage instead of dry hay.

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Farm Families Weighed Down By Stress

Farm Families Weighed Down By Stress

Andrea Bjornestad

Northern Ag Network

Farm families are under increased stress this season, challenged by weather, trade issues, the farm economy and many other factors that are out of their control. Stress impacts our bodies in many ways and can result in symptoms such as increased aches and pains, changes in appetite, lack of sleep, anxious or racing thoughts, moodiness and social isolation.

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My ideal cow

My ideal cow

Dr. Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Frequently, producers will point out their “best cows” to me and comment that they would like more just like them. When I ask what about the cows makes them better than their herdmates, the answers usually emphasize the cows’ own performance

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Farmers loyal to Trump struggle with trade war’s effects

Farmers loyal to Trump struggle with trade war’s effects

Annie Gowen

Washington Post

He was out in his white Ford F-150 Raptor pickup, searching his family’s 15,000 acres for areas dry enough to plant corn in time for it to mature by fall harvest, passing places where new bodies of ruinous water glittered. He spotted his neighbor Mark Cotton, another farmer, and slowed his truck to talk.  “Still too wet?” Martinmaas asked.

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Trace minerals important for bovine reproduction

Trace minerals important for bovine reproduction

Kylene Scott

High Plains Journal

All living creatures need trace minerals at some point just to survive. And veterinarian Chris Ashworth thinks beef producers need to be especially aware of the role trace minerals play in reproduction in their herds.

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Improve Grazing Efficiency Pasture Walk 2019

Improve Grazing Efficiency Pasture Walk 2019

Iowa Beef Center

Vinton beef producer Austin Siela said improving efficiency is the name of the grazing game for his operation. He is developing a managed grazing system including a well with buried water lines, subdivision fences and weed control. He also interseeded a winter annual to increase grazing days in the spring, and probably will interseed improved forages in the future.

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Does mandatory animal ID miss the mark?

Does mandatory animal ID miss the mark?

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

I received a very thought-provoking email from a reader in Wisconsin this week regarding animal identification. You may be weary of reading about that topic in this space, but it’s an important issue that, as a business, we must come to grips with.

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New App Estimates BRD Prevalence

New App Estimates BRD Prevalence

Mike Opperman

Bovine Veterinarian

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is one of the most significant illnesses impacting the health of pre-weaned calves. Thankfully, producers now have a new diagnostic tool in hand—a phone app that leads them through a scoring system for BRD. Producers can view and select photos of clinical signs in the app if they are normal or abnormal. The app tallies the scores and creates a report that can also be shared with the herd veterinarian.

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Charting A New Course

Charting A New Course

Tyne Morgan


The roots of KC Cattle Company might be shallow, but its owner Patrick Montgomery has already battled severe drought in 2018 and relentless rain this year. The 3-year-old business is no stranger to challenge. “Last year, dealing with the drought, that was painful,” says Montgomery, based near Weston, Mo. “As a lot of farmers in this area will attest, paying $100 for a bale of hay, it’s tough to make pencil.”

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Preparing for successful breeding, Extension specialists talk cattle reproduction

Preparing for successful breeding, Extension specialists talk cattle reproduction


Minnesota Farm Guide

In the beef industry, each cow only gives one calf per year. Sometimes there will be twins, but really the goal is to get one. That is why ensuring those cows are set up for a successful pregnancy is so important. What is done pre-breeding, during gestation and post calving can impact whether or not that cow provides a calf each year.

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Top Ten Grazing Management Misconceptions

Top Ten Grazing Management Misconceptions

Jeff Goodwin

On Pasture

Sometimes we all suffer from perceptual misconceptions that affect our operations. Resolving them may require a rather steep and abrupt learning curve to achieve success. Here are 10 common grazing management misconceptions. If you’re saying any of these things, you may need to take a step back and reconsider.

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Oklahoma National Stockyard’s First Female General Manager Kelli Payne Showcases Market’s Historical Significanc

Oklahoma National Stockyard’s First Female General Manager Kelli Payne Showcases Market’s Historical Significance

Oklahoma Farm Report

Kelli Payne was recently named the new general manager of the Oklahoma National Stockyards, the sixth person and first female to assume that position in the world’s largest stockyard’s 109-year history.

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Working Facilities Tips

Working Facilities Tips

Dr. Ken McMillan

There are lots of options, and many companies even offer complete packages. The packages can be pricy, and there are often less-expensive ways to build a working facility for a small operation.

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Enhancing the adoption of stockpiling tall fescue and managed grazing

Enhancing the adoption of stockpiling tall fescue and managed grazing

Sharon Freeman, Matthew Poore, April Shaeffer
Translational Animal Science

One of the primary goals of extension is to encourage and support adoption of improved technologies. Managed grazing and stockpiling forage are two such technologies. The goal of this project was to encourage adoption of these practices by providing on-farm demonstrations of the technologies.

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Should We Stop “Educating Consumers?”

Should We Stop “Educating Consumers?”

Brandi Buzzard Frobose


I’ll kick-off this shindig by admitting upfront that I, Brandi Buzzard, an agriculture advocate for more than a decade, am guilty of saying “My goal is to educate consumers” in blog posts, interviews, presentations and other forms of media on several occasions.

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Preparing for Heat Stress Possibilities

Preparing for Heat Stress Possibilities

Iowa Beef Center

After a cold winter and long cool spring summer is here. Temperatures will be in the mid 90’s this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and with all the precipitation we have had the humidity will be elevated as well. Feedlot cattle may not be acclimated to summer temperatures yet and the fast warm up this weekend may cause some heat stress issues.

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44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy is now accepting applications

44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy is now accepting applications

High Plains Journal

Applications are open for the 44 Farms International Beef Cattle Academy. Now in its second year, the academy offers a one-year, comprehensive online certificate program to beef industry professionals through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

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Montana Stockgrowers meet, discuss cattle industry issues

Montana Stockgrowers meet, discuss cattle industry issues

Tri State Livestock News

The Montana Stockgrowers Association congregated in Miles City last week to learn, discuss policy and enjoy camaraderie with fellow ranchers from across the state. Three days of events filled the agenda, starting with committee meetings to update members and offer the opportunity to bring forth resolutions that guide the association in shaping policy and lobbying by the association.

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Synchronization Success: Heifer Puberty and Timed AI

Synchronization Success: Heifer Puberty and Timed AI

Sara Brown

Bovine Veterinarian

There were three main priorities beef cattle industry researchers had when developing fixed-time AI protocols that are now found in most university recommendations and allied industry breeding resources, said University of Missouri researcher David Patterson during a recent reproductive strategy webinar from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

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