Daily Archives: February 12, 2020

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 ways a farmer expresses himself on Valentine’s Day

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 ways a farmer expresses himself on Valentine’s Day

FarmTalk

#10. He tells her to sit tight — he’ll get the gates today.

#9. He asks his seed dealer for a hoodie in her size — and, “do you have it in pink?”

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K-State, industry experts outline criteria for buying bulls

K-State, industry experts outline criteria for buying bulls

Kansas State University

For cattle producers, bull sale season has arrived. Prospective buyers are flipping through the sale catalogs and studying the pedigree information, performance data and bull pictures trying to determine where they want to make their investment.

 

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Heritability and genetic correlations of feed intake measurements in beef cattle

Heritability and genetic correlations of feed intake measurements in beef cattle

Jackie Walling

American Society of Animal Science

Feed is the largest cost in beef production and feed intake is thought to be a heritable trait. Information about genetic evaluations for feed intake in growing heifers and mature cows is minimal. A recent study in the 2020 January issue of the Journal of Animal Science estimates the heritability of feed intake, body weight gain, residual gain, and residual intake in growing heifers and mature cows. Genetic correlations of these measurements also were evaluated.

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Coronavirus disrupts agriculture, manufacturing

Coronavirus disrupts agriculture, manufacturing

Prairie Farmer

China’s consumer prices rose the fastest in more than eight years last month, with the outbreak of the coronavirus and subsequent shutdowns of transport links across the country making further gains in the coming months likely.

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Early calving has pros, cons

Early calving has pros, cons

Jonathan Knutson

AgWeek

Mark Wagner — the start of a new calving season upon him — said he’s “pushing the envelope as hard as I can.” Wagner, a rancher and farmer at Monango in south-central North Dakota is what’s known as an early calver, which in the Upper Midwest usually means that a ranchers’ cows give birth from late January or early February through April or May. In contrast, late-calving ranchers’ cows give birth much later, often starting in late spring and continuing into June or even July.

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Maryland Bill Would Limit What Foods May Be Labeled ‘Meat’

Maryland Bill Would Limit What Foods May Be Labeled ‘Meat’

AgWeb

Foods made of animal tissues cultured from cells outside of the original animal, or made from plants or insects could not be labeled “meat” in Maryland under a Republican-backed bill in the Maryland General Assembly.

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Reimagining Liver Health In Beef Cattle

Reimagining Liver Health In Beef Cattle

Miranda Reiman

Drovers

Undetectable diseases are hard to cure. You can’t look at a pen of feedyard cattle and know which ones have liver abscesses. Even technologies like ultrasound or blood tests don’t uncover it.  “It’s just impossible to detect that in a live animal,” said Scott Laudert, who studied the condition for years in his long-term role as a ruminant nutritionist with Elanco. “It’s a silent disease.”

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The Third Trimester – Scheduling Calving and 3rd Trimester Nutrition

The Third Trimester – Scheduling Calving and 3rd Trimester Nutrition

Our Wyoming Life

The cows are entering the third trimester of pregnancy. Calves will be coming soon but first we address how we schedule calving and third trimester nutrition for mom and baby.

 

Veterinarian: Deworm Cattle In Spring

Veterinarian: Deworm Cattle In Spring

KIWA

United States producers returned to beef cattle operations, after attending the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show last week in San Antonio, Texas. Russ Parker, operations manager for the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network, attend this year’s event, which attracted more than 9,000 cattle producers, industry partners and stakeholders. Parker interviewed several industry allies, including a senior professional services veterinarian, who spoke to herd health.

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Cattle and Beef Trade: A look back and a look ahead

Cattle and Beef Trade: A look back and a look ahead

Derrell S. Peel

FarmTalk

Beef exports in 2019 were down 4.4 percent compared to 2018. Exports were down year over year to most major destinations including Japan (-10 percent), Hong Kong (-24.7 percent), Mexico (-5.4 percent) and Canada (-10.6 percent). Among major markets, only South Korea was up 7.1 percent year over year.

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