Daily Archives: February 19, 2020

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 questionable farming practices employed by your neighbor

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 questionable farming practices employed by your neighbor


#10.  Apparently, he’s exploring the use of cedar trees as a cover crop.

#9.  Leaving fall crops in the field until January reduces storage charges.

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Factors that affect bull fertility

Factors that affect bull fertility

Heather Smith Thomas

Canadian Cattleman

Some bulls are more fertile than others, due to genetics, scrotal size or structure. But poor management can also reduce a bull’s fertility. Since the average bull is expected to breed 25 to 30 cows in a natural breeding situation, his fertility is very important. Dr. John P. Kastelic, professor of cattle reproductive health at the University of Calgary, says the goal of breeding soundness evaluations is to identify and eliminate bulls with poor fertility.

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Marty Smith of Florida elected president of NCBA

Marty Smith of Florida elected president of NCBA

Alicia Nguyen

Progressive Cattle

Fifth-generation Florida rancher Marty Smith was elected president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) at the annual Cattle Industry Convention on Feb. 8. He replaces Jennifer Houston of Sweetwater, Tennessee, 2019 NCBA president.

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Managing free-choice mineral intake

Managing free-choice mineral intake

Hubbard Feeds

The “corner post” of any cow nutrition program should be a year-round mineral program. Every rancher knows that to build a good fence, you must have a good corner post. In the same way, building a sound beef cow nutrition program starts with a sound mineral program.

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Choosing between a stationary or portable working system

Choosing between a stationary or portable working system

Aleeya Laureola

Progressive Cattle

Investing in new equipment is always a big conversation to have because it plays an integral role in your operation. Cattle handling systems influence the efficiency of your workflow and the safety of handlers and cattle. In some scenarios, a stationary system is ideal, whereas in others, it is better to have a portable working system.

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Experts recommend monitoring body condition and manure consistency.

Experts recommend monitoring body condition and manure consistency.

Troy Smith

Angus Beef Bulletin

Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy (NIRS) and the Nutrition Balance Analyzer (NUTBAL) system were developed by Texas range scientists for the purpose of monitoring whether the diets of grazing cattle are adequate to meet nutritional requirements. The USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has offered NIRS/NUTBAL as an option for monitoring nutrition among cattle of producers enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

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Ranch Management University set for April 6-10 in College Station

Ranch Management University set for April 6-10 in College Station

Texas A&M

Plans for the next Ranch Management University, to be held April 6-10 at Texas A&M University in College Station, are being finalized and registration is now open. A collaboration of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Department of Animal Science, Department of Agricultural Economics and the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, the training will cover everything from soil fertility to animal handling and hay production to wildlife.

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Veterinarians Weigh in on Trends, Expectations for the 2020s

Veterinarians Weigh in on Trends, Expectations for the 2020s

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

We asked veterinarians for their thoughts on the key challenges and opportunities for success during the decade of the 2020s. ( Lori Hays )  During the past decade, we saw numerous changes in beef and dairy production, and in the ways veterinarians serve those industries. These include the emergence of remote monitoring, advanced data systems, new diagnostic tools, genomic technologies, acceleration of antibiotic-resistance in cattle pathogens and drug resistance in cattle parasites.

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Plan now to assure successful calving season

Plan now to assure successful calving season

The Iola Register

Cattle producers who have not yet started the spring calving season still have time to plan ahead, and a Kansas State University veterinarian notes that could make a big difference in having a successful year. “This is the time for a pre-emptive strike,” said A.J. Tarpoff, a beef veterinarian with K-State Research and Extension. “If you haven’t started calving yet on your operation, now is the time to start thinking about what you can do to be ready.”

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Seeding oats and clovers now improves spring grazing

Seeding oats and clovers now improves spring grazing

University of Missouri

Now is the time to seed oats and clovers to improve spring cattle grazing resources and reduce costs, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Patrick Davis. “Feed is a major cow-calf operation cost,” says Davis. Oats and clovers are forages to seed now to improve spring grazing resources and help reduce supplemental feed costs. “Proper establishment and grazing management of oats and clovers is key for optimum cattle performance,” he says.

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