Daily Archives: July 3, 2019

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 indications a farmer is a bona fide genius

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 indications a farmer is a bona fide genius


#10. While combining, he calculates acres per coffee mug.

#9. He catches every single mathematical error the elevator makes that’s not in his favor.

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Mud-free cattle watering improves environment

Mud-free cattle watering improves environment

Tom J. Bechman

Prairie Farmer

If you’ve fought mud in a livestock operation this year, you’ll appreciate what Ted Willer did to reduce mud around areas where his cattle congregate to drink. Willer manages Willer Timber Ridge near Greencastle, Ind. It’s a seedstock operation primarily providing commercial bulls for Angus producers across the country.

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Phil Trowbridge:  Building a Cattle Business on Attitude

Phil Trowbridge:  Building a Cattle Business on Attitude

Becky Mills

For 30 years, Phil Trowbridge managed a prestigious cattle and thoroughbred horse operation in upstate New York. Even though he and wife, Annie, worked brutal hours, housing was provided, and he flew all over the world compliments of those horses. In 2005, it all came to an end.

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BQA Program Continues to Benefit, Improve US Beef Industry as More Producers Commit to Quality

BQA Program Continues to Benefit, Improve US Beef Industry as More Producers Commit to Quality

Oklahoma Farm Report

Established nearly 30 years ago, the Beef Quality Assurance program, was the beef industry’s answer in addressing quality concerns present at that time. Initially, the program was meant to educate producers on best practices relevant in cattle handling for the purpose of reducing the incidents of injection site lesions when administering vaccinations.

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BIF names award winners

BIF names award winners

Western Livestock Journal

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Hinkson Angus Ranch of Cottonwood Falls, KS, the BIF Seedstock Producer of the Year Award on June 20 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Brookings, SD. This national award is presented annually to a producer to recognize their dedication to improving the beef industry at the seedstock level.

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Baleage vs. Haylage: What’s really the difference?

Baleage vs. Haylage: What’s really the difference?

Brad Schick

University of Nebraska

The ensiling or fermentation process of preserving forages takes place in both haylage and baleage, hence the names. Baleage can be confused with traditional dry hay because it is still a square or round bale, but it is simply  hay that is too moist to store safely as dry hay so it is wrapped or otherwise sealed in plastic. Baleage can be fermented as individual bales or in a tube/inline.

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First cattle sold under new Black Angus Verified Beef program

First cattle sold under new Black Angus Verified Beef program


The IMI Global division of Where Food Comes From Inc., an independent, third-party verification of food production practices in North America, announced the first sale of cattle verified under the company’s Black Angus Verified Beef program.

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Fluke control — Time it right

Fluke control — Time it right

Beef Magazine

Fortunately, there is an opportunity to catch the adult flukes before they begin laying eggs. Unfortunately, this window of opportunity is small. It takes 10-12 weeks from the time fluke larvae are ingested until they become adults. New larvae availability stops for a few months as snails go dormant into the mud. But then, the fluke cycle and transmission will start again.

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Wet conditions cause cattle health calamities

Wet conditions cause cattle health calamities

Lacey Newlin

High Plains Journal

Spring 2019 consisted of heavy rains, flooding, hail and tornados and left residents wondering if they should be gathering two of every animal to load on the ark. Cattle were literally swimming in pastures, wheat was underwater and roads washed away.

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Damascus cattle farmer using ‘innovative’ food ration system to save time, money

Damascus cattle farmer using ‘innovative’ food ration system to save time, money


Bristol Herald Courier

Technology is helping a Damascus cattle farmer keep up with the times. By the time cold weather rolls around, Adam Wilson plans feed his thousand head of beef cattle with the help of a computer. The second-generation farmer, who’s well known in Washington County for his innovative approach to farming, is stepping outside the box — or, perhaps the field — and investing big money in a feed facility that will offer him substantial savings down the road.

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