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.

Full Story

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.”

Full Story

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?

Full Story

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.

Full Story

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.

Full Story

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.

Full Story

Are your replacement heifers reaching their profit potential?

Are your replacement heifers reaching their profit potential?

Beef Magazine

There are a number of factors that contribute to the success of a replacement heifer program, including nutritional management, disease prevention techniques and genetic selection. This means producers have many important decisions to make even before heifers give birth to their first calf.

Full Story

NCBA Op-Ed: “Why Sustainability?”

NCBA Op-Ed: “Why Sustainability?”

Ethan Lane


When the topic of sustainability comes up in conversation in cattle circles, it’s common to see heads shaking. It’s not a topic we like to discuss in our industry – primarily because it’s so often raised with bad intentions and worse information.

Full Story

Oklahoma producers face start of hay feeding season

Oklahoma producers face start of hay feeding season


Several Oklahoma counties have experienced snowfall already, heralding the start of hay feeding season that will expand to other counties in the coming weeks, and the need for producers to employ some value-adding mathematics. “Estimating forage usage by cows is an important part of the task of calculating winter feed needs,” said Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension emeritus animal scientist and managing editor of the university’s popular OSU Cow-Calf Corner newsletter.

Full Story