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.
The Beef Consumer
“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.”
Are High Milk Producing Beef Cows a Good Investment?
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?
Round bale sampling
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
Victoria G. Myers
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.
Strategies have changed on international trade, NDSU’s Olson says
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.
3 reasons farmers still support Trump
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.
Are your replacement heifers reaching their profit potential?
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.
NCBA Op-Ed: “Why Sustainability?”
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.
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.