Daily Archives: June 28, 2019

Stupid Celebrity Food Quotes

Stupid Celebrity Food Quotes

Greg Henderson

Drovers

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

Drovers

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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