Daily Archives: November 13, 2019

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 things only the cows know about their owner

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 things only the cows know about their owner


#10. He frequently rehearses his excuse speeches for his wife — “I missed our anniversary because …”, “I was late for supper because …”, etc.

#9. When it’s cold, he wears this goofy stocking cap with a big red ball on top but keeps his well-worn silver belly in the truck for trips to town.

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The Beef Consumer

The Beef Consumer

Jodi Henke

Successful Farmer

“Products that are verified to reduce or not use certain products are growing in popularity,” says Loy. “Although, I think it’s important to know that the combined combination of organic, natural and grass-fed products are around 5% of the beef supply according to surveys that I’ve seen from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.”

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Are High Milk Producing Beef Cows a Good Investment?

Are High Milk Producing Beef Cows a Good Investment?

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

In an effort to increase beef production, we sometimes overdo genetic selection based on the idea that “more is better” or “bigger is better” in efforts to increase production. In doing so, we tend to select for short-term traits such as growth and milk yield to increase calf weaning weight for the potential of increased profitability. But, are we actually getting the full benefit of that milk we’re paying for?

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Round bale sampling

Round bale sampling

Progressive Forage

Nick Simmons, Escambia County extension specialist in Florida, opens a new video series called “In The Field.” Episode 1 in the series depicts proper hay sampling of round bales, beneficial to producers and buyers.

Fall Sales Disappointing Some Cow-Calf Producers

Fall Sales Disappointing Some Cow-Calf Producers

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

A lot of cow-calf producers are leaving fall calf sales disappointed, often seeing a 20- to 25-cent dip in their take-home, compared to last year’s prices. Part of the drop is seasonal, but drought conditions have made it more challenging to wean, precondition or background, putting a lot of 4- and 5-weights in the market, says Kenny Burdine.

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Strategies have changed on international trade, NDSU’s Olson says

Strategies have changed on international trade, NDSU’s Olson says

Jonathan Knutson


Frayne Olson understands that agriculturalists often have trouble keeping track of trade issues and new developments involving them. Olson, North Dakota State University Extension farm management specialist/marketing specialist, says he has the same problem.

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3 reasons farmers still support Trump

3 reasons farmers still support Trump

Prairie Farmer

U.S. farmers have borne the brunt of China’s retaliation in the trade war that President Donald Trump launched in 2018. One reason: China is the biggest buyer of many U.S. agricultural products, such as soybeans, grain sorghum, cotton and cattle hides, which made these products an obvious target for retaliatory tariffs.

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