Daily Archives: August 21, 2019

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 indications the guy ahead of you is a farmer

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 indications the guy ahead of you is a farmer

FarmTalk

#10. You’d swear he’s been drinking but he’s probably just checking the crops.

#9. If it’s a flatbed, you’ll see a roll of barbed wire, a busted sack of cubes, various cans, grease gun, motor oil, upside-down mud boots and a dog of dubious genetic heritage.

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Progressive Beef recognized by the U.S. Roundtable as sustainable beef industry leader

Progressive Beef recognized by the U.S. Roundtable as sustainable beef industry leader

High Plains Journal

Progressive Beef, a cattle management and sustainability program for feedlot operators, is one of the first programs to be recognized by the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef for being an industry leader in sustainable beef production. The Progressive Beef program continues to grow: In 2020, there will be more than three million head marketed. Currently 48 yards are certified or in the process of becoming certified and participation has doubled in the last year.

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Tyson plant fire causes disruption in cattle industry

Tyson plant fire causes disruption in cattle industry

Erica Shaffer

Meat & Poultry

Fires at meat processing plants aren’t unheard of, but few have caused widespread disruption of cattle markets as the fire that shut down Tyson Foods Inc.’s beef processing plant in Holcomb, Kansas. Tyson closed the plant indefinitely following a fire that started on the evening of Aug. 9 in the box shop of the Holcomb plant.

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Beyond the beef: Why plant-based protein isn’t the death knell for cattle country

Beyond the beef: Why plant-based protein isn’t the death knell for cattle country

Rosa Saba

The Toronto Star

In the heart of cattle country, home to 18,000 producers and 41 per cent of Canada’s 11.58 million beef cattle and calves, plant-based meat alternatives are taking off in the one part of the country where you might least expect it.

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Incidence of BVD persistently infected cattle doubles

Incidence of BVD persistently infected cattle doubles

Feedstuffs

Over the months of June and July, Animart said its Animal Profiling International (API) diagnostic lab reported that 200 animals tested positive for PI BVD, compared to 100 in 2018. Of the 73,349 samples screened, the incidence rate was 0.27%, compared to 0.14% the prior year.

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Cow Mineral Nutrition: Macro Minerals and Their Importance

Cow Mineral Nutrition: Macro Minerals and Their Importance

Adele Harty

farms.com

Mineral nutrition is vital to overall cow performance. Without appropriate balance of minerals, cows may not perform as desired or could exhibit detrimental effects. There is value in analyzing your mineral program to determine if modifications need to be made to improve cattle health and performance.

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Elanco to buy Bayer’s animal health unit for $7.6 billion

Elanco to buy Bayer’s animal health unit for $7.6 billion

Ludwig Burger

Reuters

Elanco Animal Health Inc (ELAN.N) said on Tuesday it would buy Bayer AG’s (BAYGn.DE) animal health unit in a cash and stock deal valued at $7.6 billion, a move that would create the second largest animal health business and expand Elanco’s reach in the pet e-commerce space.

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Mid to Late-Summer Supplementation For Fall-Born Replacement Heifers

Mid to Late-Summer Supplementation For Fall-Born Replacement Heifers

Glenn Selk

Drovers

Fall born replacement heifers have been (or soon will be) weaned and will be at a very critical growing period.  It is important that they grow at about 1.5 pounds per day from weaning until the start of the breeding season.

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What Do Livestock Do For Your Mental Health?

What Do Livestock Do For Your Mental Health?

Matt Brechwald

Off Farm Income

. . . And I started thinking back to the fair season.  It has only been a couple of weeks since we finished up Hattie’s fair.  And right now the Western Idaho State Fair is going on, and several kids we know are showing animals there as well.

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Farmer frustration grows with trade war and ag economy

Farmer frustration grows with trade war and ag economy

Michelle Rook

AgWeek

he trade war between the United States and China continues to escalate and as it does there’s growing frustration among farmers in the country. The battle has lasted far longer than expected and recently rose to a new level. President Donald Trump announced the U.S. will be imposing another 10% tariff on $300 billion of Chinese goods on Sept. 1, due in part to the lack of ag purchases made by the Chinese. The president will now delay those tariffs until Dec. 15.

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