Daily Archives: October 18, 2019

Effects of a Freeze on Forages

Effects of a Freeze on Forages

Bruce Anderson

University of Nebraska

If you haven’t experienced a freeze yet this fall, you soon will. And remember, a freeze can cause hazards for using some forages. When plants freeze, changes occur in their metabolism and composition that can poison livestock. But you can prevent problems. Sorghum-related plants, like cane, sudangrass, shattercane, and milo can be highly toxic for a few days after frost. Freezing breaks plant cell membranes.

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Windbreaks Increase Cow Comfort While Lowering Energy Needs

Windbreaks Increase Cow Comfort While Lowering Energy Needs

Raylene Nickel

Successful Farming

Building a cowherd of 100 head has been Rusty Myskiw’s long-term goal. Hand in hand with growing the herd has come the need to provide plenty of winter shelter for the cattle.

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Strategies for wintering your cattle herd

Strategies for wintering your cattle herd

Duane McCartney

Canadian Cattlemen

With all the variable weather we had this year across Canada and the short winter feed supplies in some areas, producers need to solve the economic challenge of balancing the herd’s winter feed or nutrient supply when feed is short.

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Roadmap to Reducing the Need for Antibiotics

Roadmap to Reducing the Need for Antibiotics

Health for Animals

Their importance to human and animal health cannot be understated, which is why antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is such an important global threat. When bacteria develop tolerance or resistance to antibiotics, we risk returning to a time when animals – and people – fell seriously ill or even died from simple, treatable infections.

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A Guide to Selling Stockers

A Guide to Selling Stockers

VitaFerm

For cow-calf producers who spring calve, now seems like a logical time to market weaned calves. You’ve invested time and resources into breeding the cows, raising the calves and getting them weaned. Those cows should be bred back, and the cycle continues. But, is this really the best time to sell?

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Are cattle contracts broken?

Are cattle contracts broken?

Codi Vallery-Mills

The Cattle Business Weekly

Frustrated. That word sums up what individuals in the beef cattle industry were feeling when they dialed into the United States Cattlemen’s Association’s Horn Wrap call on Oct. 8.

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Accountability in cattle country

Accountability in cattle country

Cyndi Young

Brownfield News Network

The whispers I’ve heard for years about packers having too much control over not only the vertically integrated poultry and hog segments, but cattle as well, became louder and louder in days following the fire.

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Winter Storm Warnings on the Farm

Winter Storm Warnings on the Farm

Heather Lang

Farm Bureau

Although we live in what many consider the Arctic, we typically don’t have bad weather warnings until December or possibly late November. This year the weather has thrown challenge after challenge at us. So far, we have come out with our heads barely above water.

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Meet Your Rancher: Kim Brackett

Meet Your Rancher:  Kim Brackett

Beef Its What’s for Dinner

Kim Brackett, along with her husband, Ira, and 4 kids, manage Brackett Ranches, a cattle ranch that raises cows and calves on the Oregon and Idaho border. The ranch is comprised of private and federal lands which the Brackett family manages with their own resources and time. By ranching on public lands, the Brackett family is helping preserve water and plants, controlling fires, and protecting wildlife habitat.

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South Dakota Cattleman to U.S. Senate Committee

South Dakota Cattleman to U.S. Senate Committee

Tri State Livestock News

South Dakota cattle producer Todd Wilkinson today told a U.S. Senate subcommittee that contrary to the claims of some environmental and anti-animal-agriculture activists, “American beef production and consumption is a climate change solution.” “Climate policies that unfairly target cattle producers fail to recognize the positive role of cattle and beef in a healthy, sustainable food system,” Wilkinson told members of the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety. “Rather than adopting misguided policies that threaten the viability of farmers and ranchers, we want to shift the conversation.”

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