Daily Archives: May 19, 2020

Divide and Conquer

Divide and Conquer

Dr. Justin Rhinehart

University of Tennessee

“The division of labour, however, so far as it can be introduced, occasions, in every art, a proportionable increase of the productive powers of labour.” Adam Smith I am confident that the division of labor theory, as explained by Adam Smith over 240 years ago, is still the best approach to increasing the efficiency of our labor. For example, one of the most well known examples of division of labor was Henry Ford’s use of an assembly line where each worker performs a specific task in the auto manufacturing process. It not only changed manufacturing, the resulting efficiencies made cars affordable for more people – while still maintaining quality – and changed our entire culture.

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Strategies for reducing forage shortages

Strategies for reducing forage shortages

Darren Scott

Morning AG Clips

Livestock market complications that reduce calf sales can cause unexpected forage demands. Droughts can compound the problem leading to forage deficiencies. Forage shortages can cause poor animal performance, overgrazed and degraded pastures, and increased expenses. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can help you plan and implement strategies to minimize forage deficiencies.

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As cattle backlog, quality improves

As cattle backlog, quality improves

Nevil Speer

Beef Magazine

Since late March, Industry At A Glance has focused on COVID-19 and its influence on the beef industry. Those discussions have covered an array of topics including feeder cattle shipments, importance of risk management, ethanol, and shifting value components within the cutout. Last week’s column highlighted the sharp slowdown in fed steer and heifer slaughter during April.

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NCBA: More price discovery is needed, but not through government mandate

NCBA: More price discovery is needed, but not through government mandate

Meghan Grebner

Brownfield Network

The CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the organization wants to see more price discovery and an increase in cash trade.

But as Colin Woodall tells Brownfield a government mandate isn’t the way to do it.  “Depending upon what region you’re in, depends upon how much cash trade you need to have in order to have true price discovery,” he says.

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Beef Cattle Management – Worming Pour On

Beef Cattle Management – Worming Pour On

Dr. Jason Banta

Ranch TV

In this video, Jason Banta demonstrates how to use worming pour on.

Beef Production and Imports

Beef Production and Imports

Brenda Boetel

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

n April 28, 2020 President Trump invoked the Defense Protection Act to classify meat plants as essential infrastructure that must remain open.  This act does not mean that slaughter and fabrication will return to pre-COVID 19 levels in the short term as plants have had to slow production due to worker absenteeism as well as greater distancing between employees on the line.

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Calving in the Rain

Calving in the Rain

Dr. Ken McMillan


Wet weather combined with longer hair just makes everything worse. In addition, cattle concentrated into smaller areas for feeding or protection from cold weather means increased direct contact between infected and noninfected animals. So, you may have had a “perfect storm” for this to occur.

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Beef Exports Value Estimated at $1 Billion For U.S. Cattle Producers

Beef Exports Value Estimated at $1 Billion For U.S. Cattle Producers

Oklahoma Farm Report

One billion dollars is a lot of money! That’s the estimated value assigned to beef exports for U.S. cattle, says Dr. Derrell Peel, OSU livestock economist. Global beef trade is growing, Peel said, especially in China as well as in Japan, Mexico, Canada and South Korea. The OSU economist said trade is essential to maximize value.

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Pasture Weed Management.

Pasture Weed Management.

Glenn Detweiler

American Cattlemen

Why control weeds? First, a weed is a plant growing in a place where you do not want it to grow. In pastures and hayfields, it is impossible to have a “pure” stand of grass; there will always be plants that volunteer from the seed bank or from neighboring fields. Therefore, it is important to control weeds to an acceptable level because (1) they can reduce yield and quality of desired plant species and (2) interfere with hay drying. Weeds also (3) have the potential to cause injury or death to livestock if the weed plants are toxic.

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Flies on Pastured Cattle

Flies on Pastured Cattle

Dave Boxler

University of Nebraska

As livestock producers prepare for another grazing season, thoughts are often directed towards grass conditions, animal conditioning, and fence repair. An additional very important consideration should include what type of flies will impact their pastured cattle, and what method of fly control will work best for their management system.

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