Daily Archives: October 30, 2019

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 farm Halloween events

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 farm Halloween events


#10. You mistake the meth-head anhydrous thieves as kids dressed like zombies and give them each a Snickers.

#9. Visitors compliment you on your decorations — owls, spider webs, decapitated rodents left on the front step by the cat — when you actually didn’t do a thing.

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When Is a Pasture-Raised Beef Cow/Steer “Finished?”

When Is a Pasture-Raised Beef Cow/Steer “Finished?”

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Few traditional cattle producers have taken a calf to an optimal finishing weight and consequently may have a difficult time assessing when an animal is ready for harvest. The optimal finishing point will vary depending on breed, frame size, sex, and other animal characteristics as well as the requirements of the end market.

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Lower Profit Cow-Calf Operations Have Some Things in Common

Lower Profit Cow-Calf Operations Have Some Things in Common

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Markets are impossible to control, but cost management is the difference between profit and loss for many cattle operations. Dustin Pendell and Kevin Herbel, both with KSU’s department of agricultural economics at the time of the study, used cow/calf enterprises enrolled in the Kansas Farm Management Association to pull data from.

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Feeding Quality Forum speakers encourage new thinking.

Feeding Quality Forum speakers encourage new thinking.

Miranda Reiman

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

The cattle industry needs to make some bold, creative changes to ensure its viability. That was the wakeup call from speakers at the Feeding Quality Forum Aug. 27-28 in Amarillo, Texas. Persistent problems may require new approaches. “Revenue is the reward for doing the right thing,” said Anne-Marie Roerink, principal at 210 Analytics.

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Soil Health Concerns After a Year of Waterlogged Pastures and Hay Fields

Soil Health Concerns After a Year of Waterlogged Pastures and Hay Fields


In this month’s Forage Focus podcast, host Christine Gelley, an Extension Educator with The Ohio State University Agriculture & Natural Resources in Noble County, talks with Jefferson/Harrison County ANR Educator Erika Lyon about soil health, especially as it relates to the damage down to Ohio’s forage fields during a year of constantly waterlogged and trampled soils.


Beef Packers Remain Hungry

Beef Packers Remain Hungry

Brad Hulett


Beef packers continued to show signs that they still need cattle to meet the demand.  Cash cattle in the south traded from $109 to $111,  depending on early-traded cattle and quality of the cattle.  The north also remained strong with cash sales up to $112, with dressed cattle bringing $175.

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Cattle producers call for market reform

Cattle producers call for market reform

Michelle Rook


The market sold off with concerns there would not be enough capacity to slaughter cattle, which would cause a backup in marketing. As a result, the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched an investigation. However, groups like the Organization for Competitive Markets and R-CALF (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund) want more done.

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