Daily Archives: April 22, 2020

Mark Parker:  The Top Ten signs you’re farm folk

Mark Parker:  The Top Ten signs you’re farm folk


#10. You’ve treated a child’s ‘owie’ with something you got from the vet.

#9. There’s a blue corduroy jacket in your closet that doesn’t fit very well.

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Did your grass deceive you last year?

Did your grass deceive you last year?

Jake Geis, DVM

Beef Producer

If you lived through the deluge of 2019, you probably enjoyed the effects of the low-nutrient, washy grass the year produced. And by enjoyed, I mean cried over your calves being significantly lighter in the fall and seeing more cows open.

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Simple Strategies for Profitable Forage Production

Simple Strategies for Profitable Forage Production

Jonathan O.C. Kubesch, Renata L.G. Nave, Gary E. Bates

University of Tennessee

Efficient forage production is key for a cattle operation to be profitable. Feed is the most expensive input for livestock. Since the cheapest way to feed cattle is through grazing, a goal of every cattle producer should be to reduce the amount of hay and stored feed used each year and graze as many days as practical.

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Common Terms Used in Animal Feeding and Nutrition

Common Terms Used in Animal Feeding and Nutrition

Uttam Saha, Leticia Sonon, Dennis Hancock, Assistant Professor, Nicholas Hill, Lawton Stewart, Gary Heusner, David E. Kissel,

University of Georgia

The largest operating cost in a livestock production enterprise is the feed bill. To keep this cost low, one must supply the right amount of feed to the animals. Overfeeding is wasteful. Underfeeding will decrease animal performance and profitability. Therefore, proper animal feeding and nutrition are crucial to the profitability of the livestock enterprise.

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The cost of cow depreciation

The cost of cow depreciation

Jodi Henke

Successful Farming

Cow-calf producers usually list feed, equipment and labor as their biggest expenses. One expense often not thought about is cow depreciation. Depreciation is often a hidden expense because it’s a non-cash expense. But, it’s also very significant.  There are several ways that cattle decrease in value. They include physical injury, reproductive efficiency, and the wear-and-tear of a cow getting older

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Coronavirus not the same in bovine and humans

Coronavirus not the same in bovine and humans

Morgan Rose

Prairie Star

There are two major things affecting area cattle producers right now: calving season and COVID-19. One may think there’s not much of a linear connection between the two, but thanks to social media memes, there has been generated speculation.

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What Happens If Workers Cutting Up the Nation’s Meat Get Sick?

What Happens If Workers Cutting Up the Nation’s Meat Get Sick?

Michael Grabell


As COVID-19 makes its way across the country, leading to panic grocery buying in state after state, the stresses on the nation’s food supply chain have ratcheted ever higher. But in industries like meatpacking, which rely on often grueling shoulder-to-shoulder work, so have the risks to workers’ health.

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Do you want out of the commodity business?

Do you want out of the commodity business?

Cassidy Woolsey

Progressive Cattle

Everybody wants to get out of the commodity business. That’s what Tom Brink, CEO of the Red Angus Association, told Cattlemen’s College attendees at this year’s NCBA Convention and Trade Show in San Antonio in February. “It’s very difficult if you’re an average producer to make a profit in the long-term, if not impossible,” Brink said. “That leaves rational people thinking about how they can get out of the commodity business.”

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MCA Asks DOJ to Launch Beef Market Investigation

MCA Asks DOJ to Launch Beef Market Investigation

Missouri Cattlemen’s Association

The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, along with 22 other state cattle organizations, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr today, April 20, 2020, requesting a formal investigation by the United States Department of Justice to identify and investigate any evidence of fraudulent business practices within the beef meatpacking industry.

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USCA Releases Estimate on Economic Impact of COVID-19 to U.S. Cattle Industry

USCA Releases Estimate on Economic Impact of COVID-19 to U.S. Cattle Industry

“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. cattle industry cannot be overstated. This report highlights just how severe those losses will be. Specifically, Mr. Crosby’s report breaks out the steer and heifer price forecasts, differentiates between spring and fall calves, and values stocker calves by marketing date rather than weight to account for the effect on operations that run grass calves and market in August.

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