Daily Archives: January 8, 2020

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 Extension meeting subjects coming this winter

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 Extension meeting subjects coming this winter

FarmTalk

#10. Do net-wrapped big round bales actually hold together better after falling off the trailer at 65 mph?

#9. Dealing with planter envy.

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The Reality of Ranching on the Mexico Border

The Reality of Ranching on the Mexico Border

Kayla Sargent

Western AG Reporter

A fresh rain during a dry summer spell, a new calf frolicking in the emerging sun – tough seasons end and small rewards can be found daily.  That’s why most ranchers keep ranching despite the difficult days. It’s a lifestyle like none other.

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WY College Receives Grant For Meat Processing Lab

WY College Receives Grant For Meat Processing Lab

Andy Schwab

Northern AG Network

Governor Gordon’s Wyoming Works initiative has awarded Central Wyoming College $777,809 for the development of a Meat Processing Program that would also serve Eastern Wyoming College and the Northern Wyoming Community College District in a consortium.

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If Trade Rules for US Beef Are Relaxed in US-China Phase One Deal- Erin Borror Sees Mind-Boggling Trade Ahead

If Trade Rules for US Beef Are Relaxed in US-China Phase One Deal- Erin Borror Sees Mind-Boggling Trade Ahead

Oklahoma Farm report

Erin Borror, Economist for the U.S. Meat Export Federation, says we’re still waiting for details about exactly how the phytosanitary standards currently in place for U.S. beef into China may or may not change, “China is the big one that’s still out there that we’re anxiously awaiting those details. So hopefully, as President Trump tweeted the signing on the 15th, we’ll see, but yes, we are on the edge of our chairs. As Ambassador Lighthizer has said, The other barriers, besides just tariffs, are supposedly addressed in this agreement.

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Manure: Waste or Valuable Agricultural Resource?

Manure: Waste or Valuable Agricultural Resource?

University of Nebraska

Stories about manure often illustrate two opposing sentiments. Is manure a “Waste” that pollutes our water resources and creates undesirable nuisances for communities?  Or, is manure a “Resource” that reduces the demand for importing greenhouse gas intensive inorganic fertilizers and improves the health of our soils? 

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Common Causes of Lost Calves

Common Causes of Lost Calves

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN

An abortion or stillbirth is like a slap in the face for cattlemen. You can see the lost calf and the profit with your eyes. Unfortunately, diagnosing the cause of abortions or stillbirths can be difficult and costly. It is never wrong to investigate these occurrences, but many experts recommend aggressive diagnostics only after loss rates exceed 3 to 5%.

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Dr. Barry Pollard specializes in high performing Angus cattle

Dr. Barry Pollard specializes in high performing Angus cattle

Lacey Newlin

High Plains Journal

He might be well known for being a board-certified neurosurgeon, but Dr. Barry Pollard is equally as skilled in the agriculture industry when it comes to his Angus cattle operation and the emphasis he places on genetic improvements to carcass and breeding performance.

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Cattle nutrition key to managing winter months

Cattle nutrition key to managing winter months

Chad Smith

Rapid City Journal

The dead of winter is tough on everyone. Single-digit temperatures with double-digit wind chills are especially hard on farmers and their livestock. Other than building windbreaks cattle can hide behind or making sure livestock barns are as cold-proofed as possible, nutrition is one of the biggest keys to getting cattle successfully through the winter.

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Brighter days ahead for U.S. beef exports

Brighter days ahead for U.S. beef exports

Scott Brown |

Beef Magazine

U.S. beef exports have trailed year-ago levels for each of the first 10 months of 2019, but there is growing optimism that international demand for U.S. beef will improve in 2020. The latest positive development occurred in December, when Japan finalized approval of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement.

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Sell Poor-Producing Cows and Buy the Best Bulls Ever

Sell Poor-Producing Cows and Buy the Best Bulls Ever

Tom Brink

American Red Angus Magazine

Commercial cow-calf producers have been challenged by the recent market situation, and the new year could remain on the difficult side. There are, however, pro-active steps that can be taken to improve bottom-line results and position your business for better years ahead. One such strategy is to cull deeper into the bottom end of the cowherd, then divert some of the extra cull-cow revenue toward purchasing the best bulls you can find in 2020.

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