Monthly Archives: August 2019

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 product names for fake meats

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 product names for fake meats

FarmTalk

#10. Prime Fib.

#9. Pork Whatlets.

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Focus

Focus

Dr. Justin Rhinehart

University of Tennessee

A good definition of “deep work” for our purposes here is activity performed with distraction-free concentration that pushes you to the limit of your capabilities. The book is more specific about the definition, and it focuses more on mental capacity that physical capability. So, an example that relates to managing a cattle herd is setting aside a large block of time to focus on your annual production calendar; mapping out every detail of what you will do that year to accomplish your objectives.

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Baxter Black, DVM: Sir Loin

Baxter Black, DVM:  Sir Loin

Do you have any friends named James Roberto, Barnard or Elizabeth who don’t go by Jim Bob, Barney or Liz? If you do, they are no doubt a hangover from parents who insisted that their children be addressed by their legal name.

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Breeding Season Worries

Breeding Season Worries

Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN

Founder is an inflammation of the sensitive lamina of the hoof that holds the hoof to the coffin bone (P3). With founder, the P3 can come unattached from the hoof wall and rotate downward. This can damage the sole or create a break in the white line where the sole attaches to the hoof.

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US-Japan Trade Deal Announcement Called Huge News by USMEF CEO Dan Halstrom

US-Japan Trade Deal Announcement Called Huge News by USMEF CEO Dan Halstrom

Oklahoma Farm Report

This past Sunday, President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced an agreement in principle that will greatly improve access for U.S. red meat in Japan – the largest value destination for U.S. pork and beef exports.

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The Rise of Master Brisket

The Rise of Master Brisket

Paige Nelson

F&R Livestock Resource

If fairy tales were about beef items) brisket would be cast as Cinderella. The lowly brisket would enter the scene as a big, tough and unattractive character) sourced from a hardworking muscle. The narrative would portray brisket as cast down; however) not cast out-a beef item used last and eaten by society’s poor. The pioneers of carcass fabrication and culinary exploration would never have plated brisket as an entree at the ball.
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Calving facilities

Calving facilities

Katy Lippolis

Angus Beef Bulletin

Newborn calves have difficulty maintaining body temperature, and calving in cold and/or muddy conditions can lead to significant sickness and mortality. After difficult births, calves are often weak for several days and require additional care to ensure healthy recovery. Therefore, providing a facility to get calves out of the cold and offer additional bedding and assistance can help prevent calf losses in harsh conditions

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Researchers link outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella to beef, cheese

Researchers link outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella to beef, cheese

Coral Beach

Food Safety News

Serious problems with Salmonella Newport strains that have decreased susceptibility to azithromycin have been documented by scientists in a review of an outbreak involving beef from the United States and some raw milk cheeses made in Mexico.

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Get more out of your hay while wasting less

Get more out of your hay while wasting less

Jill Larson

Progressive Cattle

As the days get shorter and morning temperatures stay cooler in many parts of the country, producers are reminded that fall and winter are on the way, which means hay feeding season will soon begin.

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Volatility is ‘name of the game’ in cattle markets, NDSU economist says

Volatility is ‘name of the game’ in cattle markets, NDSU economist says

Jenny Schlecht

AgWeek

“Volatility is going to be the name of the game,” he says.

A fire destroyed part of the beef plant in Holcomb on Aug. 9. While the company has said it plans to rebuild in the same location, the plant is down indefinitely. The plant had the capacity to slaughter 6,000 head of cattle, or about 5% of U.S. beef production.

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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

Feedstuffs

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

Wired

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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