Daily Archives: July 10, 2019

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 clues you’re not very good at this farming gig

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 clues you’re not very good at this farming gig

FarmTalk

#10. Pie sales in the sale barn café go up when your calves enter the ring.

#9. The nice FSA lady explains that the “prevented planting” provision is not activated when your tractor won’t start.

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Cattlemen in TN learn direct marketing techniques

Cattlemen in TN learn direct marketing techniques

On the Farm Radio

Traveling more than 2,500 miles from Brownsville to Rogersville, and to 10 other locations in between, the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association and University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture recently partnered to host value-added meat marketing workshop for more than 250 participants across the state.

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Adding yeast cultures to creep feeds offers many benefits for cattle producers

Adding yeast cultures to creep feeds offers many benefits for cattle producers

Twig Marston

Progressive Cattle

Just as cattle genetics and management practices have advanced over the last few generations, nutritional knowledge and practices have also evolved. These developments have allowed calves to continually improve, meeting the increasing demands of cattle producers and consumers alike.

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Precision Pinkeye vaccination: from diagnostics to delivery

Precision Pinkeye vaccination: from diagnostics to delivery

Beef Magazine

Pinkeye is a common, highly contagious disease, with an estimated 150 million dollars lost each year due to decreased weight gain, treatment costs, market discounts, and time.  One of the challenges to successful cattle pinkeye vaccination is the diversity of the organisms associated with this disease.  Multiple organisms including bacteria and Mycoplasma are routinely isolated from affected eyes.

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NCBA, State Affiliates Urge Congress to Ratify USMCA

NCBA, State Affiliates Urge Congress to Ratify USMCA

NCBA

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today sent a letter signed by 39 of its state affiliates to U.S. Senate and House leaders urging them to support the swift ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is NCBA’s latest salvo in the battle to build support for USMCA ratification, coming less than two weeks after the group launched a new media campaign to push the accord.

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Western Kentucky Summer Forage Tour to feature farm revitalization

Western Kentucky Summer Forage Tour to feature farm revitalization

Katie Pratt

University of Kentucky

Participants who attend the University of Kentucky’s summer forage tour will see a farm revitalization in progress in Ohio County. The event is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the D and D Farm in Horse Branch. Farm owners Bub and Lakayah Daugherty purchased the cattle operation in 2013 but quickly ran into productivity issues with unreliable sources for forages and water, particularly during the summer.

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Wolves have long-lasting negative effects on cattle

Wolves have long-lasting negative effects on cattle

Heather Smith Thomas

Western Livestock Journal

Most discussions about the impact of wolves on livestock producers focus on depredation losses, both confirmed and unconfirmed. The rule of thumb is that for every confirmed kill there are probably eight more unconfirmed losses.

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Boosting cow pregnancy rates after AI

Boosting cow pregnancy rates after AI

Kindra Gordon

Beef Magazine

Do you know the stages of embryo development in a cow? How many weeks it takes a cow’s body to recognize it’s pregnant? What things immediately before and after a cow is bred affect pregnancy success?

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Bovine pedicures recommended for improved performance

Bovine pedicures recommended for improved performance

Samantha Athey

FarmTalk

Cattle pedicures, or more properly called hoof trimming, are not something the general public, and even some cattle producers, think of as an essential part of a health care program for dairy and beef operations.

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Why The Right Watering System Matters

Why The Right Watering System Matters

Linda Geist

Drovers

Cattle come to water two to five times daily. They drink one to four minutes each time at a rate of 2 gallons per minute. In hot weather, they can drink up to 25 gallons of water or an average of 3-5 pounds of water per pound of body weight. Calves need better-quality water than cows. They often avoid going through mud and other obstacles to reach a water source. They drink 5-7 pounds of water per pound of body weight.

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