Daily Archives: August 16, 2019

Corn silage – following the do’s and don’ts

Corn silage – following the do’s and don’ts

Erika Lundy

Progressive Cattle

Many beef producers rely on corn silage to develop cost-effective, high-quality rations. Proper timing of harvest and storage management has a big impact on the success of feedstuff quality throughout the winter months and into the spring.

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Operating as a BQA Certified Producer can Command Up to $17/Head More for Your Cattle

Operating as a BQA Certified Producer can Command Up to $17/Head More for Your Cattle

Oklahoma Farm Report

Colorado State University’s Dr. Jason Ahola has been involved with research designed to study the tangible value that participating in the Beef Quality Assurance program can add back to cattle producers’ bottom lines.

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North Dakota confirms first case of anthrax in cattle, while case count in Texas continues to climb.

North Dakota confirms first case of anthrax in cattle, while case count in Texas continues to climb.

Tim Lundeen

Feedstuffs

North Dakota agriculture commission Doug Goehring announced Aug. 12 that “anthrax has been confirmed in a group of cows in a pasture in east Billings County” in North Dakota, marking the state’s first reported case of the disease this year.

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Why are we in this business anyway?

Why are we in this business anyway?

Burke Teichert

Beef Magazine

Lately I have thought a lot about the reasons people give for being in the ranching or farming business. Then sometimes I wonder is it really a business or a hobby or an unpleasant job that someone happened to land in. We often hear of farm or ranch families that discourage their children from considering it as a career—long hours, hard work, poor financial return, no time off and more.

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Gambling with cattle herd health

Gambling with cattle herd health

Cary Sims

KSLA

Too often, cattlemen will put off some basic animal husbandry practices to save time and expense, with the hope that their herd will be fine. Much of the time they might “do fine” but doing fine isn’t going to realize top profits and, heaven forbid, what if they don’t “do fine?”

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Can Mushrooms Improve Cattle Farming?

Can Mushrooms Improve Cattle Farming?

Gabriel Faulcon

Tennessee Tribune

For small-to-medium sized cattle farmers, the winter season poses major challenges to sustainability and profitability. The cost of feed during the winter season is especially high, hence farmers must choose between using their land for crops or livestock production. These farmers also lack the ability to create short-term, regular income flow throughout the year.

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K-State Beef Stocker field day set for Sept. 19

K-State Beef Stocker field day set for Sept. 19

The Citizens

Health management of high-risk calves, humane euthanasia practices, beef cattle market outlook and a panel discussion on beef parasite control are among the topics planned for the Kansas State University Beef Stocker Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 19. “We are excited to host the 20th annual edition of the KSU Beef Stocker Field Day,” said Dale Blasi, a professor of animal sciences and beef cattle extension specialist. “Like all the other events in the past, we bring the latest information on marketing, nutrition, health and technology for attendees to apply to their operation.”

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Tips offered to manage pastures intentionally and prepare for drought.

Tips offered to manage pastures intentionally and prepare for drought.

Kasey Brown

Angus Beef Business

Hugh Aljoe, a pasture and ranch consultant and director of producer relations with Noble Research Institute, has worked with several hundreds of producers in the southern Great Plains as a consultant after being a ranch manager himself for many years. Often, he says, people get caught up on the processes instead of the outcomes. What do you want to achieve with your operation? Then ask yourself, how are you going to get there?

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Start Now to Access Forage Options Prior to Fall Activity.

Start Now to Access Forage Options Prior to Fall Activity.

Randall Spare, DVM

F&R Livestock Resource

In the dog days of summer, it is easy to coast along. But now is the time for cow calf producers to take stock of the resources available for upcoming events in the fall Breeding season is either winding up or just starting. The calves, the fruit of the last 12 months of labor, are in the pasture changing daily. Many times , producers will come to us as veterinarians to survey what “new tools ” we have available for the weaning process. What new vaccine is available? What new antibiotics are available?
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FDA finds surprise in gene-edited cattle : Antibiotic-resistant, non-cow DNA

FDA finds surprise in gene-edited cattle : Antibiotic-resistant, non-cow DNA

Sam Bloch

New Food Economy

How do you get a better cow? You breed it. For decades, cattle ranchers, dairy farmers, and others have relied on a billion-dollar animal genetics industry to get fitter, happier, and more productive livestock, working with specialists to find the best parents in the barn, and paying top dollar for elite semen. It’s a costly process, and some farmers mate selectively for generations before the whole herd comes out right.

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