Daily Archives: June 20, 2019

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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Making high-quality baleage

Making high-quality baleage

Jason Hartschuh

Progressive Forage

Spring 2019 has been challenging to say the least. Hayfields have disappeared due to winterkill, and small grains matured before we could make hay. Making the forages that you have at the highest quality possible will be key.

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Defining a Breeding Season

Defining a Breeding Season

Taylor Grussing

South Dakota State University

Despite the continued slow planting conditions, breeding season is here for cow/calf operations. Many folks have considered moving the calving season in order to avoid the recent annual April blizzard in the Upper Midwest. While moving the calving season will not eliminate the unpredictability of weather, we can utilize a defined breeding season to plan when cows will calve and be better able to manage cattle in the harsh winter and spring calving conditions.

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Are You Running a Marginal Business?

Are You Running a Marginal Business?

John Marble

On Pasture

“Well for goodness sake, this stuff’s all goofy! Every one of these ideas will wind up lowering my weaning weight, and making smaller frame cows, too! Who wants a bunch of 400-pound dink calves? My buyer wants calves with some bone, some frame, calves that might be ready to go to the feed lot right off the cow. And besides, we get paid by the pound, remember?

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Green grass and high water

Green grass and high water

Derrell S. Peel


I have just made my periodic trek from Oklahoma to western Montana. The many miles (nearly 1,600 miles!) provide an opportunity to see conditions across a wide swath of country. There are no major drought conditions in the U.S. though emerging dry conditions are evident in the Pacific Northwest and the Southeast. Most of the country has abundant and sometimes excessive moisture.

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Preseason Maintenance, Safety Important With Hay Equipment

Preseason Maintenance, Safety Important With Hay Equipment

Russ Quinn


This time of year there is always anticipation as farmers return to their fields. This is especially true as they prepare for another forage-harvest season, whether it is alfalfa or different types of grass hay.

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Disruptions expected for beef market into 2020

Disruptions expected for beef market into 2020

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

“Emotionally charged” and “many disruptions” are two phrases Rabo AgriFinance animal protein analyst Don Close is using to describe the present and upcoming beef market. Ag economist Jim Robb with the Livestock Marketing Information Center adds, “There are a lot of moving parts in this marketplace and that remains the story into 2020.”

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Farming with Family through the Tough Times

Farming with Family through the Tough Times

Christine Gelley

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

There are days where every farmer wonders what they got themselves into. Days where the work ahead is overwhelming, the kids are sick, the cows are calving, your 4×4 is stuck in the mud, and to top it off, you are running low on stored feed and stored energy in your soul. Farming is tough. No doubt about that.

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Preventing anthrax in cattle

Preventing anthrax in cattle

Roy Lewis DVM

Canadian Cattlemen

We all know cattle contact the spores from the soil and spores can remain infective for at least 250 years if buried deep. They are extremely durable. Soils high in organic material, calcium and with a lower pH favour survival. Spores on the soil surface do break down over a few years.

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15 Tips Every Electric Fence DIYer Should Know

15 Tips Every Electric Fence DIYer Should Know


Did you know that there are right-handed and left-handed fence staples? Put the staple in your hand with the points aiming away from your body. If the slash/flat area is visible on the right-hand point, then it’s a right-handed staple and should be rotated slightly to the right (clockwise) before driving.  If the slash is not visible, it is a left-handed staple and should be rotated to the left.  Correct rotation ensures the staple is secure and discourages wood splitting.

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