Daily Archives: August 27, 2019

There’s nothing trite about the bite

There’s nothing trite about the bite

Hay and Forage Grower

The concept is pretty simple: Keep pastures growing and keep animals eating. A lot goes into that first part of the equation — adequate soil fertility for sure. But there’s also the challenge of keeping pastures within a linear, rapid growth phase by not over- or undergrazing such that plants quit growing or are growing extremely slow. This means not grazing pastures too short and doing your best to initiate grazing before or immediately after flowering and heading.

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Using Estrous Synchronization in Natural-Service Breeding Situations

Using Estrous Synchronization in Natural-Service Breeding Situations

Taylor Grussing

South Dakota State University

Estrous synchronization is typically associated with artificial insemination (AI) programs, and is therefore often viewed as impractical or impossible to use within natural-service herds. With 92% of beef herds exclusively implementing a natural-service breeding environment (NAHMS, 2009), estrous synchronization has a place in natural-service breeding systems if implementation can be adapted into normal daily tasks.

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Unlabeled Cover Crop Seed Could be Costly

Unlabeled Cover Crop Seed Could be Costly

Tri State Livestock News

Planting cover crops is increasing in popularity each year, and this is not surprising considering the benefits. However, those potential benefits will be quickly negated by the use of untested or unlabeled seed says Jason Goltz, North Dakota State Seed Department regulatory programs manager.

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Culling The Cattle Herd

Culling The Cattle Herd

Jodi Henke

Successful Farming

“She’s been a real good cow for you, had a lot of calves, but this year you’re just having trouble getting her pregnant,” says Parish. “She’s using your resources and she’s not paying you back, so at that time you may want to consider moving those animals out of the herd. And then you have some of those that just don’t have the genetics, or for whatever reason maybe don’t perform as well as other animals in the herd.”

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Changing forage quality may hamper grazing cattle

Changing forage quality may hamper grazing cattle


Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to increase, and while that stimulates plant growth, it also means that plants have less nitrogen, which is a key nutrient, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

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Cattle deaths linked to algae

Cattle deaths linked to algae

Robert Arnason

The Western Producer

Cyanobacteria flourishes in water that is loaded with nutrients. Livestock defecating or urinating in a dugout can feed the growth of blue-green algae

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Family Law Issues with Agriculture: Estate and Succession Planning

Family Law Issues with Agriculture: Estate and Succession Planning

Cari Rincker

Rinckerlaw PLLC

It is uncommon for agriculture producers and business owners to consider estate planning and succession planning for their agriculture operation in the midst of a divorce; however, divorcing farm families should consider this while negotiating the division of marital assets.

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Unlimited value with limiter technology

Unlimited value with limiter technology

Dusty Abney

Progressive Cattle

Despite major differences in cattle production nationally, there’s one thing I’m comfortable generalizing: Cattle producers do not have an abundance of time, labor or resources. Regardless of the type of cattle you raise, purpose of your operation, amount of land you own, etc., the pace of today’s world makes this statement true.

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Brazil’s Plans for Gene-Edited Cows Got Scrapped—Here’s Why

Brazil’s Plans for Gene-Edited Cows Got Scrapped—Here’s Why

Megan Molteni


Up until a few months ago, Brazil was all set to create the country’s first herd of genetically dehorned dairy cows. In October 2018, Brazilian regulators had determined that an American biotechnology company’s efforts to produce such an animal didn’t require any special oversight. It was, after all, merely trying to edit into dairy cattle a naturally occurring trait for hornlessness commonly found in beef breeds.

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More Than One Way to Grow a Cattle Operation

More Than One Way to Grow a Cattle Operation

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

“Perception is everything,” Don says. “It takes us longer to feed cattle out that have not been implanted, but it’s important to our customers. If I have calves that don’t go into the branded program, I may implant them for the performance. But, we don’t have many of those calves anymore.”

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