Daily Archives: April 29, 2020

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 farmer rumor mill topics

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 farmer rumor mill topics


#10. So-and-so is flat broke and will be selling out soon.

#9. The same so-and-so just bought a new combine — cash.

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What to do when grass grows faster than you can graze it.

What to do when grass grows faster than you can graze it.

Greg Judy Regenerative Rancher

What to do when grass grows faster than you can graze it. Check out my book Comeback Farms on our website: greenpasturesfarm.net for more grazing tips that add profit to your farm. When you hit the spring flush growth of grass, speed up your rotation dramatically.

Hundreds of USDA Meat Inspectors Are Getting Sick

Hundreds of USDA Meat Inspectors Are Getting Sick

Dan Nosowitz

Modern Farmer

A vital part of the American food system is the inspectors sent out by the USDA to meatpacking plants. Those inspectors, which are part of the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), are tasked with ensuring worker and product safety at these plants. They’ve been declared essential workers, and as such are still working, but new reports indicate that efforts to protect them from COVID-19 are not adequate.

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Trump orders meat and poultry processing plants to stay open during coronavirus

Trump orders meat and poultry processing plants to stay open during coronavirus

David Jackson


Faced with worries of a meat shortage caused by the coronavirus, President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered beef, pork and poultry processing plants to remain open despite safety concerns.

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More Meat Market Madness

More Meat Market Madness

Jayson Lusk

Plant closures and slow-downs from COVID-19 have reached such levels that it will be impossible for consumers not to notice effects on meat prices or availability in the coming weeks. If the full page ad in the New York Times wasn’t enough to convince you, below is some updated data on animal processing numbers and wholesale beef and pork prices.

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Strategies for slowing feedlot cattle growth

Strategies for slowing feedlot cattle growth

William Halfman

Wisconsin State Farmer

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt cattle markets. Cash sales for the week of April 13-17 were depressed as packing plants operated at reduced capacity or shuttered their doors due to labor issues spurred by the pandemic. Having a market that will take finished cattle at a suitable date has become a concern. In addition, the current live market prices, and limited sale opportunities for fat steers have left many cattle feeders searching for solutions to reduce their economic loss.

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Breeding success strategies for beef cattle

Breeding success strategies for beef cattle

Lisa Moser

High Plains Journal

Bulls are often the focus when cattle producers are thinking about the breeding season, but experts at Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute said it is important to prepare the females as well. “Achieving a successful breeding season starts long before the cows are turned out with a bull,” said Bob Larson, Kansas State University veterinarian. “What happened last year or the year before has a big impact on how this season will go.”

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Local cattle producers selling beef straight from the farm as more plants shutt

Local cattle producers selling beef straight from the farm as more plants shutter

Rebecca Pryor


As more meat processing and packaging plants shutter due to COVID-19, cattle producers worry that means less beef will be found in stores. Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Michael Kelsey says, “The pressure is mounting. We’re really slowing down meat production and that causes some trouble.”

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Leasing ground for hay production

Leasing ground for hay production

Stillwater News Press

Over the past week or so I have received multiple calls, from landowners, about leasing their ground for hay production. The motivation for the distinction between a normal annual cash pasture lease and just a hay lease seems to have ramped up this year. Even though I have some ideas, I do not pretend to know the motivation behind this.

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AgriLife offering Beef Cattle Conference online in May

AgriLife offering Beef Cattle Conference online in May

Jayme Lozano

Amarillo Globe News

As a way to adjust to the Coronavirus spread, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for the north region will still offer the conference through six segments that start May 5. The sessions will be delivered through Zoom from 6-9 p.m. The first two sessions cover health and reproduction, and the second session is on May 7.

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