Daily Archives: December 11, 2019

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 comments you don’t want to hear from your tractor mechanic

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 comments you don’t want to hear from your tractor mechanic

FarmTalk

#10. We hooked it to the computer and, well, I’ve never heard the computer laugh before.

#9. Before we complete the repairs, we’re going to have to get a lien on your farm.

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The coming collapse of the industrial livestock industry

The coming collapse of the industrial livestock industry

Robby Berman

Big Think

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

From 2012 to 2023, the costs of protein in the U.S. from cows vs. precision-biology food technology will reach parity, says independent think tank RethinkX. It will be a tipping point after which acceptance of modern foods will accelerate quickly, leaving the cattle industry effectively bankrupt by 2030 and five years later down to 10 percent of its current size.

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Japan puts final stamp of approval on U.S.-Japan trade agreement for beef

Japan puts final stamp of approval on U.S.-Japan trade agreement for beef

Beef Magazine

“This agreement is one of the biggest developments in the history of red meat trade, as no international market delivers greater benefits to U.S. farmers and ranchers, and to the entire U.S. supply chain, than Japan.” That’s Dan Halstrom’s reaction to news that the Upper House of the Japanese Parliament approved the U.S.-Japan trade agreement on Dec. 4, which will greatly improve access for U.S. red meat in Japan.

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K-State beef cattle experts: Tips for raising stocker cattle

K-State beef cattle experts: Tips for raising stocker cattle

Salinas Post

Cow-calf producers, stocker operators and feedlot managers all have the same end goal in mind: raise high quality beef profitably. Experts at the Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute say there are many ways that producers can do that successfully.

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Brazil cattle feedlots grow amid environment pressure, efficiency drive

Brazil cattle feedlots grow amid environment pressure, efficiency drive

Ana Mano

Reuters

The use of feedlots to finish beef cows will likely grow in Brazil, home to the world’s largest commercial cattle herd, a survey by Dutch animal nutrition and health company DSM showed on Monday.  Driving the trend is the need to reduce pressure on the environment and the search for more efficient ways to raise and terminate livestock in Brazil, the world’s second biggest producer after the United States.

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Capturing Value For Your Calves

Capturing Value For Your Calves

Morgan Marley

Drovers

The way we market fed cattle has changed. Better formula and grid-based pricing structures channeled greater returns to cattlemen, which led to higher quality in the American cow herd.

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Legislation to preserve family farms introduced in Congress.

Legislation to preserve family farms introduced in Congress.

Angus Beef Bulletin

Several agriculture groups announced strong support for the Preserving Family Farms Act of 2019. Introduced by U.S. Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), this bipartisan legislation would expand IRS Code Section 2032A to allow more ranchers and farmers to take advantage of the special-use valuation and protect family-owned businesses from the devastating effects of the death tax.

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Insulating A Livestock Water Tank

Insulating A Livestock Water Tank

Jodi Henke

Successful Farming

If your watering tanks aren’t insulated, keep the water open by adding insulation around them and taking advantage of the sun. Greg Lardy is the extension interim director at North Dakota State University. He says fiberglass and metal water tanks need extra protection to keep them from freezing.

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Stretch Limited Hay Supplies

Stretch Limited Hay Supplies

Farms.com

Although growing conditions for hay production were favorable throughout much of North Dakota this year, challenges associated with harvest and transport have left many livestock producers facing a shortage of hay.

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If I enjoy a stake, am I killing the planet?

If I enjoy a stake, am I killing the planet?

J. Pascual

Science Blog

One more reason we find on the media to quit on beef is the amount of water needed to produce it which is normally said to be close to 2,000 gallons per pound or almost 700 gallons per burger

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