Daily Archives: December 9, 2019

Do Your Herd and Your Bank Account a Favor – Test Your Hay!

Do Your Herd and Your Bank Account a Favor – Test Your Hay!

Mary Drewnoski

University of Nebraska

Every year I get calls for help with balancing rations and most don’t have a hay analysis. All hay of the same species is NOT created equal.  For instance, smooth bromegrass hay can range from 48 to 58% total digestible nutrients (TDN) with crude protein (CP) ranging from 6 to 11% CP. This can be the difference between a growing heifer losing 0.25 lb/d or gaining 0.37 lb/d. If you were targeting the heifer gaining 1 lb/d you would need to supplement between 1.5 and 3 lb/d of dried distillers to reach this goal.

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Do Cover Crops Grown for Feed Need Fertilizer?

Do Cover Crops Grown for Feed Need Fertilizer?

Christine Gelley

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

The benefits of utilizing cover crops in both grazing and agronomic crop production are numerous. However, each cover crop system is unique. There is no blanket “yes” or “no” answer to the question- Do cover crops need fertilizer?

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Winter storm impacts markets in many ways

Winter storm impacts markets in many ways

Derrell S. Peel


A major winter storm disrupted Thanksgiving travel last week and will have a variety of impacts for some time. The latest snow and cold hampers an already difficult crop harvest. Though frozen conditions may increase access to muddy fields, deep snow in some areas will add additional delays to corn harvest and may further impact crop quality.

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Brazil’s Big Steak in America

Brazil’s Big Steak in America

Kayla Sargent

Western AG Reporter

Scandal runs deep in the Brazilian meatpacking industry.  JBS SA and Marfrig Global Foods, the world’s top two meat processors, have each been involved in multiple bribery schemes in order to obtain loans.  Perhaps more concerning is the fact that these Brazilian companies used “ill-gotten financing to acquire American companies,” according to United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Kenny Graner.

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Feed bunk management key to a sound feeding program

Feed bunk management key to a sound feeding program

John McKinnon

Canadian Cattlemen

At its most basic level, feed bunk management is the practice of ensuring that cattle are fed to meet performance expectations. Specific goals include feeding the correct ration, ensuring that cattle are fed the right amount of feed and taking steps to ensure that cattle remain healthy when fed high-grain rations for extended periods.

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How slaughter weights affect beef prices

How slaughter weights affect beef prices

Scott Brown

Prairie Farmer

While the number of animals going to market is the most important factor in determining the beef supply, animal weights play a critical role in determining the final quantity of beef tonnage available to consumers.

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Alternative meats and alternative statistics: What do the data say?

Alternative meats and alternative statistics: What do the data say?

Alison L. Van Eenennaam,

Range Cow Symposium

The alternative animal product arena is complex and quite varied. Some products are entirely plant product derived and employ only plant origin proteins or metabolites. Other endeavors are using cells of animal origin to derive a more structurally similar meat yet still with animal genomes. Most of the analysis and discussion, though, has focused on bovine alternatives because of the iconic position of cattle in many climate and sustainability discussions.

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Marketing your 2019 calves

Marketing your 2019 calves

Harlan Hughes

Beef Magazine

Be a price watcher. The internet provides my study rancher the ability to check market prices once a day in five minutes or less. By checking daily (or even weekly), he should get a good feel of the general trend of market prices. I suggest that he keep a ledger of daily prices.

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Promoting Growth and Grade

Promoting Growth and Grade

Miranda Reiman

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

When it comes to growth implants in cattle, animal scientist Robbi Pritchard only worries about three things: getting enough premium if you’re not using them, using them wrong and using them with too little insight. “Using them without sound technical advice, you can ruin a bunch of carcasses, no doubt about it. Using them wrong and running out of gas can cost you a lot of money in cost of gain,” says the longtime South Dakota State University ruminant nutritionist. But if used correctly, “you can have all of the performance and all of the final product value you want.”

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US-Japan deal expands opportunities for US red meat

US-Japan deal expands opportunities for US red meat

Meghan Grebner

Brownfield AgNews

The US Meat Export Federation says there’s good news on the horizon for US beef and pork industries now that the partial US-Japan trade agreement has been approved by the Japanese Parliament.

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