Daily Archives: June 2, 2020

Poison hemlock lurks in pasture, hay bales

Poison hemlock lurks in pasture, hay bales

Mindy Ward

Beef Magazine

Pasture weed identification can be difficult, and in some cases, if you are wrong, it can prove debilitating or even deadly for livestock. Poison hemlock is one pasture plant often confused with wild carrots. Tim Evans, University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine toxicology lead, says consuming poison hemlock early or in hay can cause birth defects or crooked calf disease.

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When to calve?

When to calve?

Steve Kenyon

Canadian Cattlemen

Seeing as though I am calving out a custom herd of cows right now, that seems like a good topic for this month. I know there are lots of different points of view on the best time to calve. It is not for me to say who is right and who is wrong because every farm is unique.

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Storing Large Round Bales

Storing Large Round Bales

Glenn Selk


As hay is being cut and put in large round bales, it is always important to reduce hay storage losses.   University of Tennessee animal scientists conducted a trial to compare different methods of storing large round bales of grass hay. The hay was cut and baled in June in Moore County, Tennessee. The bales were weighed at the time of harvest and storage.

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Importance of Proper Forage Sampling

Importance of Proper Forage Sampling

Tracey Erickson

South Dakota State University

So how do you go about obtaining an accurate sample from your forages? Samples should represent each field and each cutting, otherwise known as a sample lot. You will want to consider additional lot separations if there are differences in species, mixture, stage of maturity, rain damage, harvest loss, insect or disease damage and season.

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Early Weaning:  Weigh the Options this Season

Early Weaning:  Weigh the Options this Season

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Economics in 2020 will be a definite driver in just how attractive early weaning may be to cow/calf producers across the country. But, it’s the uniqueness of individual cow/calf operations that will ultimately determine where and when the practice really adds up.

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Examining Cattle Transactions in the U.S.

Examining Cattle Transactions in the U.S.

American Farm Bureau Federation

In recent months, there have been many conversations about how cattle are and should be marketed in the U.S. Some discussion has focused on the optimal level of cattle transactions through certain marketing channels in order to facilitate greater price discovery.

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Pandemic not affecting all cattle sectors equally

Pandemic not affecting all cattle sectors equally

Ed White

Western Producer

The beef industry has been walloped by COVID-19, but that whupping has left some parts of the system bruised and wailing while other parts are OK for now. Who’s hurt and who’s fine could change dramatically, depending upon how long the crisis continues, say some analysts looking at the impact of the crisis.

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Local cattle farmers say more people are buying beef directly from farms

Local cattle farmers say more people are buying beef directly from farms

Ashtyn Hiron


The meat shelves at the grocery store have looked a little depleted since the pandemic began, but experts say shelves aren’t representative of the beef supply. Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, Rick Pate, said he is confident in the state’s food supply chain, especially beef.

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Biological Control of Invasive Weeds

Biological Control of Invasive Weeds

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Many ranchers and rangeland managers are trying to find ways to halt prolific spread of invasive weeds. Paul Brusven, biocontrol coordinator with Nez Perce Bio-Control Center, Lapwai, Idaho, says biological controls are proving successful for a number of weeds, using “bugs” that feed on certain species as their natural host.

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MU Extension helps with feed mill training

MU Extension helps with feed mill training

Marcia Shannon

University of Missouri

University of Missouri Extension, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, offers Missouri feed mill operators training to help them comply with federal Food Safety Modernization Act guidelines.

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