Daily Archives: December 3, 2019



Diana, goddess of the hunt, stands as a Roman heroine to a long line of female hunters. Even today there are many who have followed in her sport that deserve to have their name written in mythology.

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How Nutritious is Your Annual and Stockpiled Forage?

How Nutritious is Your Annual and Stockpiled Forage?

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Grazing your herd through the winter on standing forages in pasture is one way to reduce costs and improve your bottom line. It avoids the expense of baling, moving feed and then feeding. But is the feed giving your livestock what they need to survive and thrive? Here’s some data from a variety of locations to help you with the answer.

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Weaning Weights Rocket with a Dose of Heterosis

Weaning Weights Rocket with a Dose of Heterosis

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

There’s a saying that heterosis is the only free lunch a cattle producer ever gets. But, what kind of “free lunch” are we really talking about? Tennessee’s Clark Jones can put a number on it for you. He says a Beefmaster bull on an Angus herd will add 63% heterosis in one generation. What that looks like on the ground is 100 pounds more weaning weight per head.

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Agronomy Tip: Fall Residue Management

Agronomy Tip: Fall Residue Management

Successful Farming

A minimally-tilled field would ideally have 6-8” long pieces of nutrient residue, which are the right size so as not to float or blow away. Anything bigger or with fewer entry points will take microbes longer to break down, keeping nutrients away from the crop when it needs them most.

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Here’s how to take, preserve and ship samples for DNA, BVD or pregnancy testing.

Here’s how to take, preserve and ship samples for DNA, BVD or pregnancy testing.

Kindra Gordon,

Range Cow Symposium

As beef industry technology tools continue to advance, collecting blood and tissue samples for cattle DNA, BVD (bovine viral diarrhea) or pregnancy detection is becoming more common. At the 2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium in Mitchell, Neb., Nov. 19, Kelly Heath offered insights into these tests, along with tips for successfully collecting, preserving and shipping samples for analysis. Heath is the director and attending veterinarian of the Institutional Animal Care Program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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Proper use urged for growth implants

Proper use urged for growth implants

The Western Producer

Carcass quality and thus the quality of beef can be affected by use of growth implants — for better and for worse, depending on how they are used. Robbi Pritchard, ruminant nutritionist with South Dakota State University, gave that message at a recent Feeding Quality Forum in Amarillo, Texas, and supplemented the message at the 2019 Angus Convention in Reno, Nevada.

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Feed testing is a luxury you can’t afford to miss out on this winter

Feed testing is a luxury you can’t afford to miss out on this winter

Jennifer Blair

Alberta Farmer

Just like you can’t always tell if your cattle are healthy by looking at them, you can’t see the quality of your feed at first glance. Luckily, feed testing can help you manage both. “Maybe your average daily gains aren’t as high as you think they should be. Maybe your open rates are a little higher than they should be.

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