Daily Archives: October 23, 2019

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 reasons a farmer needs a drone

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 reasons a farmer needs a drone


#10. Handy for checking the line at the elevator.

#9. Stampede the neighbor’s fence-climbing goats.

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Preserving antibiotics for all

Preserving antibiotics for all

Mike Apley

Beef Magazine

PACCARB advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on antibiotic resistance. This occurs through reports created by 15 voting members and 10 liaison members, which make up respective working groups tasked with answering particular questions identified by the chair or transmitted by the secretary of HHS.

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What Happens to Pregnancy Rates and Calf Survival With Changes in Calving

What Happens to Pregnancy Rates and Calf Survival With Changes in Calving Season?

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

A four year study of ranchers in Western Canada indicates that shifting from winter calving to spring calving increases cow pregnancy rates and calf survival.

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Rocketfuel for Cows

Rocketfuel for Cows

Becky Mills
Progressive Farmer

If Josh Phares gave a “Most Valuable Forage” award, the ryegrass baleage he puts up every spring would win hands down. “We feed it to our fall-calving cows when they calve [because] the native grasses aren’t very high quality,” the Clinton, Louisiana, cattleman says.

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Is Beef to Blame for Climate Change?

Is Beef to Blame for Climate Change?

The Beef Board

From Meatless Mondays to the EAT-Lancet initiative, the beef industry has seen the call for consumers to eat less beef many times over. A recent EAT-Lancet report out of the United Kingdom suggests that the only way to save the planet is to eat less meat—and more nuts and beans. Reports such as these influence dietary guidelines around the world, so it is imperative the beef industry both understands and shares the true facts about beef’s environmental footprint.

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How to buy quality hay in an uncertain year

How to buy quality hay in an uncertain year

Sara Welch

Farm and Dairy

Like it has for most other crops, it’s been a tough year for hay. Early in the season, excessive rains led to prevented planting and then delayed harvest, impacting both availability and quality of hay. Then later in the season drought conditions had a similar effect, delivering a double whammy to livestock producers.

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Setting Calves Up for Success

Setting Calves Up for Success

Maggie Smith, graduate assistant at Kansas State University, discusses the results of a health and vaccination program for beef calves study based on market data from Superior Livestock.


The Sorting Pen: Surviving the storm and the calm before it

The Sorting Pen: Surviving the storm and the calm before it

Jenny Schlecht


Had we not had weather forecasts, Tuesday would have been a beautiful day. Wednesday would have seemed like a pretty typical early fall day, a little dreary and blustery. But we had an idea of what was coming, thanks to meteorologists. And so my husband spent all of the day and night of that beautiful Oct. 8 baling what hay he could bale and hauling some home on our south-central North Dakota farm.

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Another reason to know hay quality

Another reason to know hay quality

Michaela King

Hay and Forage Grower

Meeting winter nutritional requirements for the beef herd can be challenging and requires some thought and planning to be done properly and economically. Protein is especially vital for the digestive process and must be supplemented correctly in order to get the most out of your forages and cows.

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How to Manage Grass for Forage

How to Manage Grass for Forage

Mitch Kezar

Successful Farming

Steve Livermont’s rough cowboy hands gently part wind-whipped stalks of buffalo grass as his fingers cradle the tiny lavender bloom of a late-summer’s harebell. He stretches and stands tall as his eyes peruse the waving grasses of his ranch, situated at the north end of the Sand Hills in south-central South Dakota.

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