Mark Parker: The Top 10 newbie country folk questions the county agent doesn’t have good answers for
#10. What kind of grass can I grow on my 5 acres to keep my 10 horses, two Longhorns and six potbelly pigs year-round?
#9. My free-range chickens seem to be shedding feathers and running away.
Meet Your Rancher: Cassie Lyman
I am a first-generation agriculturalist (in other words, I am the first in my family to be a farmer or rancher). I grew up a city kid even though my family had what most would consider a hobby farm. We raised typical backyard farm animals and participated in 4-H and FFA. I showed rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, pigs, sheep, steers, and horses. I have been riding horses since my mom was pregnant with me, so I like to say before I was born. Growing up, I loved competing with my horses in breed association horse shows, 4-H competitions, and high school rodeos. I always wanted to be a real cowgirl and dreamt of one day marrying a real cowboy.
Two types of leasing arrangements explained and decision-making aid shared.
Angus Beef Bulletin
There is more than one way to skin a cat. There is also more than one way to manage cows. Aaron Berger, beef systems extension educator with the University of Nebraska, offered some insight on leasing cattle to attendees of the 2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium hosted Nov. 18-20 in Mitchell, Neb.
Texas adopts bovine viral diarrhea rule
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) adopted a rule to mitigate the risk of uninfected cattle being exposed to bovine viral diarrhea virus persistently infected (BVDV-PI) cattle. The rule was passed at the December commission meeting and will go into effect Feb. 2, 2020.
Choosing a Supplement for the Cowherd
The spring of 2019 delayed hay harvest in many parts of the state. This delay resulted in much of the hay being harvested at mature stages. Fescue was in full flower to soft-dough stage or even more mature in some cases. Mature forages have greater cell wall and lower digestibility.
Have we outlived the real usefulness of the Checkoff?
In the past 20 years I have come to learn that the two most divisive conversations you can have within our community are about Checkoff Programs and mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (mCOOL). Today I am most likely addressing both. I have always been a fan of the Checkoff and this case I am going to speak particularly of the Beef Checkoff, although the discussion is not isolated to beef. You started reading this with a clear opinion that either you agree or disagree. Please drop all preconceived notions and read this as a person who wants to hear what I have to say and then think about it. That is all I ask.
How Popular Is Fake Meat In America?
Research into consumer acceptance of alternative proteins reveals nearly a third of Americans believe fake meat products are simply incomparable to real meat. That’s the take-away from a survey of nearly 32,000 Americans by Piplsay Market Research, who released their report during the Consumer Technology Association’s annual CES show earlier this month in Las Vegas.
Coronavirus impact on China’s meat, food business unclear
How the coronavirus outbreak is affecting Chinese commerce remains unclear, but Joel Haggard, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president of the Asia Pacific region, told Feedstuffs that USMEF staff members in China have been closely following developments.
The Best of Both Worlds
Ranching is a full time job. For me, it’s just a matter of what period during my 24 hour day i get to do ranching. Most conventional ranchers do it during daylight hours. I didn’t say 9 to 5, I said daylight hours. So yes, from sunup to sundown and sometimes beyond. I don’t have that option and neither does my family.
Castrating calves: The younger, the better
Heather Smith Thomas
There are several ways to castrate calves. Regardless of method, it’s generally less stressful for the animal at a young age. Daryl Meyer, a veterinarian in North Platte, Nebraska, says his preference is the earlier, the better – and the cleaner, the better.