Monthly Archives: August 2019

Manure applications not always a good thing

Manure applications not always a good thing

Barbara Duckworth

The Western Producer

“If you apply manure to agricultural land that is already productive, those soils usually have lots of organic matter already… you are not going to get an improvement just because the soil already has good physical properties. It is hard to improve something that is already in relatively good soil health,” he said.

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Investments for Animal Feeding: Fence vs Machinery

Investments for Animal Feeding: Fence vs Machinery

Christine Gelley

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Years like 2019 can test farmers and ranchers to the brink of insanity. People in this profession have to be resilient to the unpredictability of the weather, the markets, and the general chaos of life. All year thus far, we have discussed many ways to adapt our animal feeding programs, pasture systems, and hay production to the far from ideal conditions we are facing.

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Does Your Pasture Need a Boost? Fall Seeding Might Work For You

Does Your Pasture Need a Boost? Fall Seeding Might Work For You

Victor Shelton

On Pasture

Early August to mid-September is an excellent time to plant cool-season grasses. One of the advantages of seeding this time of the year as compared to a spring seeding is lower competition from weeds and getting enough good growth to guarantee them to survive the coming winter months.

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Farmer bankruptcy bill signed into law

Farmer bankruptcy bill signed into law

Feedstuffs

A bill to aid family farmers during downturns in the agricultural economy was signed into law by President Donald Trump. H.R. 2336, the Family Farmer Relief Act, eases the process of reorganizing debt through Chapter 12 bankruptcy rules and was created specifically to help family farmers during tough economic times.

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5 things to consider when working cattle

5 things to consider when working cattle

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

Have you ever videoed yourself working cattle? Ron Gill says it can be instructive—humbling, but instructive. That’s one of the many, many golden tidbits that around 100 people took away from a recent Stockmanship and Stewardship program at Colorado State University.

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Weaning Techniques for Beef Calves

Weaning Techniques for Beef Calves

Dr. Ron Gill, Dr. Bruce Carpenter

Texas A&M

Weaning is the most stressful time a calf will experience. It has been well documented that health problems such as bovine respiratory disease (pneumonia, “shipping fever” etc.) usually beginswith stress at weaning. For this reason, all preconditioning programs begin with attempts to minimize stress at weaning.

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Keeping Cull Calves Profitable

Keeping Cull Calves Profitable

Vitaferm

Each fall when you go to market with your weaned calves, it seems like there are a handful of outliers in your calf crop that could cost you some premiums. But don’t dismay; there are ways to find value for every calf that you’ve produced; it might just take some extra time or some different marketing venues.

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