Daily Archives: June 3, 2020

Mark Parker: The Top 10 things that don’t make sense to farmers and ranchers

Mark Parker: The Top 10 things that don’t make sense to farmers and ranchers

FarmTalk

#10. Three thousand acres of dirt and his wife buys potting soil at the farm store.

#9. His daughter spends $100 on ready-for the-rag-drawer, pre-faded, pre-ripped jeans.

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Avoiding septicemia in calves

Avoiding septicemia in calves

Heather Smith Thomas

Western Livestock Journal

Septicemia is the result of bacteria or their toxins circulating in the blood. Bacteria in the blood is called bacteremia; their toxins in the blood is called endotoxemia. When one or both of these conditions result in systemic symptoms it’s called septicemia. The most common pathogen is E. coli, but septicemia can also be due to many other bacteria, including salmonella.

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Checking Water from Afar

Checking Water from Afar

Aaron Berger

University of Nebraska

For cattle producers who rely on wells in pastures and rangelands as a water source for their cattle, much time is spent checking water to make sure that windmills and submersible wells are delivering the water cattle need.   These water checks are often made daily or every other day to ensure water is available.

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Dr. Amy Hagerman gives Details on Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Dr. Amy Hagerman gives Details on Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Oklahoma Farm Report

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) opened up on May 26 for applications, and will close on August 28, 2020. Applications can be submitted by phone or email at Farm Service Agency county offices across the country.  In addition to the CFAP application, a producer may need to submit forms and documentation to determine their eligibility for the program and agree to basic conservation requirements, which are required for all USDA programs.

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Virtual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course set for Aug. 3-5

Virtual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course set for Aug. 3-5

Texas A&M
While it may be hard to ‘virtually’ eat the famous prime rib dinner associated with the event, the educational aspect will still be provided as it has been for the past 65 years to ranchers who need basic beef cattle production information and the latest on hot issues concerning their operations.

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Can We Select Cattle To Reduce Pinkeye Incidence??

Can We Select Cattle To Reduce Pinkeye Incidence??

Glenn Selk

Drovers

As a kid growing up on a farm/ranch in central Nebraska, one of my least favorite summertime chores was helping my dad treat cows, calves, or yearlings for eye infections.  We tried the purple aerosol spray and powders squirted in the eye.  We even glued canvas patches on infected eyes to aid in the healing of eye infections.

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Ranchers, consumers turning to smaller processors as large meat packers grapple with health concerns

Ranchers, consumers turning to smaller processors as large meat packers grapple with health concerns

Judith Kohler

Denver Post

What do you do if you’re a rancher with five semitrailer loads of cattle ready to go but there’s no room at the feedlots because COVID-19 outbreaks at the big meatpacking plants have thrown the system out of whack?

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Gap between cash and futures prices still riddles the cattle market

Gap between cash and futures prices still riddles the cattle market

Real Agriculture

The live cattle futures have been slowly chipping way at the drastic declines experienced earlier this year due to COVID-19. In the last 30 days, the June cattle future has climbed $15.45 to $99.725. At its lowest point the June future was $76.60 in early April.

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Technology’s Role in Traceability

Technology’s Role in Traceability

Justin Sexten

Drovers

An unexpected outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic is the growing consumer interest around traceability. The supply chain challenges faced by the livestock industry have been front and center in the news and on social media. The stress this placed on prices and availability of meat and milk at the consumer level led to panic buying and ultimately consumers increasingly asking where their food comes from.

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What you need to know about the CFAP program

What you need to know about the CFAP program

Carrie Veselka

Progressive Cattle

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) was introduced a few weeks ago by U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue as part of the effort to aid ag producers affected by the market upheaval caused by COVID-19.

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