Mark Parker: The Top 10 gardening issues outside the city limits
#10. “Cow blight” occurs when poor fences and vegetables with insufficient hoof resistance collide.
#9. The old hay you put down for mulch contained 87 varieties of 99 percent germ weed seed.
Muddy Feedlot Surfaces: What Are My Options?
Rick Koelsch, Rick Stowell, Bryan Woodbury
University of Nebraska
Preventative design and management options exist for minimizing the occurrence and extent of muddy open feedlot conditions, but very few ‘fixes’ exist for addressing muddy conditions once they are in place. Getting ahead of this challenge with good feedlot design and management is the only reasonable option for avoiding the challenges that come with muddy conditions.
What Influences Profit for Cow-Calf Operations and What Can You Control?
Northern AG Network
As cattle ranchers look for ways to create profitability in stagnant or down markets, operational expense and profit centers need to be examined. Many factors contribute to the overall profitability of the beef cattle operation on an annual basis.
Poison hemlock: Prolific weed chokes plants, and can kill livestock
Farm and Dairy
This is a good time to scout both hayfields and pastures for this weed and take steps to control it, says Licking County Extension Educator Ted Wiseman. Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) originated in Europe, but is now commonly found in Ohio, growing in wet, wooded areas and open fields, and along roadsides and railroad tracks.
I got a Cow Dog Puppy, Now What Do I Do With It?
Nevada Rancher Magazine
“I have bred registered Border Collies over the years, but find it is easier to purchase young pups from other breeders. Not every puppy will make a great cow dog or a great goat dog. Last year I acquired two pups from Cowboy and Shammy Rodriguez. I started both of the pups on goats and sheep and sold one other pups at just 6 months old at the Van Normal Sale. Not every puppy in a litter will be a good dog, but having good parents helps. Carreiro prefers to use goats when training young dogs.
California’s Beef Producers Play Key Role in Picturesque Movie Making Magic
Imagine a luxury car winding down the coast or a Harley Davidson motorcycle speeding down a lonesome road. How about a dinosaur stomping through a lush wood or a band of confederate soldiers marching toward war. These aren’t the scenes that you would expect to see on a beef cattle ranch, but if that beef cattle ranch happens to be in the home state of Hollywood and you hit the right day, you just might!
Nebraska offers new livestock hauling guidelines.
Angus Beef Business
Other states may want to take a close look at a Nebraska program designed to help livestock transporters be better prepared for hauling live cargo, but also to help law officers deal with enforcement issues involving vehicles carrying animals. It’s an example of proactive cooperation among livestock industry, academia and government agencies. The collaboration resulted in livestock hauling guidelines, which Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts called important to the safety of all motor vehicle operators and passengers, but especially livestock haulers and the animals they transport.
New pathogens in beef and cow’s milk products
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.
According to the DKFZ, BMMF are a new pathogen similar in type to both viruses and bacteria. Because they are related to plasmids, t hey are currently being called “plasmidomes.” As far as can be established by the DKFZ researchers, the BMMF do not occur as “naked” genetic material but rather together with proteins.
R-CALF still hopes for tariffs on Mexican cattle
President Donald Trump’s plans to impose tariffs on imports from Mexico had some supporters among ranchers, who oppose allowing low-priced cattle into the U.S., the CEO of R-CALF says
FSNS C&A and Nolan Ryan Beef partner for Temple Grandin responsible cattle care audit
The Fence Post
Food Safety Net Services Certification and Audit (FSNS C&A) has announced the creation of the FSNS C&A Temple Grandin Responsible Cattle Care Program. The program was developed under the guidance of Dr. Temple Grandin, driven by science, founded in practicality, and dedicated to continuing Grandin’s tireless service to the meat industry, and her core purpose of continuing to improve animal welfare.