Daily Archives: July 1, 2020

Forage management and cow size

Forage management and cow size

Steve Boyles

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

The increased use of the round baler and other hay production technologies since the early and mid-1970s (Van Keuren, OARDC –  The History of the Development of the Large Round Bale) has lowered the labor requirement and increased the convenience of hay production. Hay production per cow in the southeastern United States has increased by 136% (USDA NASS, 2016) since 1976. Reliance on stored forages by cow-calf producers is can be challenge to sustainable production.

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Hazardous Hair Shedding

Hazardous Hair Shedding

A Steak in Genomics™

Jensen Decker describes cattle hair shedding for his 2020 Junior National Hereford Expo PeeWee Speech Contest entry.

Annual Forages Planted in Middle to Late Summer can be Excellent Fall Feed

Annual Forages Planted in Middle to Late Summer can be Excellent Fall Feed

Aaron Berger, Jerry Volesky

University of Nebraska

Dry conditions in many parts of the state are challenging producers to consider options for growing additional forage to provide feed for this fall and winter. In some parts of the state, less than 50% of long-term average precipitation has been received from the middle of April to the middle of June. This has severely impacted forage production from perennial dryland hay fields as well as yields from winter and spring annual forages.

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Selling directly to consumers: How to find customers and market your beef

Selling directly to consumers: How to find customers and market your beef

Greg Bloom

Beef Magazine

Of course, word-of-mouth advertising is the cheapest way to advertise, but you may live in a small town or have already exhausted your possibilities through your existing network. One rancher friend of mine noted recently, “Many of my neighbors are also trying to sell directly to consumers and my small town is saturated with supply. What I need is more prospects.”

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Legislation would create more direct-to-consumer options

Legislation would create more direct-to-consumer options

Meghan Grebner

Brownfield Network

New bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the House to create direct-to-consumer options for beef producers, processors, and small meat markets. The DIRECT Act of 2020 would amend retail exemptions to allow meat processed under state-inspected facilities to be sold across state lines through e-commerce.

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Planting Grazing Crops, Running Cattle Add Missing Nutrients to Soil

Planting Grazing Crops, Running Cattle Add Missing Nutrients to Soil

Russ Quinn

DTN

Improving soil health on farms is a process some believe takes decades to accomplish. However, growing forage crops and grazing livestock on those crops can help speed up improving productivity of soils.

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Certified Piedmontese Further Invests In Grass Fed Beef Operations To Meet Demand

Certified Piedmontese Further Invests In Grass Fed Beef Operations To Meet Demand

Norfolk Daily News

The Certified Piedmontese grass fed, grass finished beef program is Where Food Comes From source verified by IMI Global, an established and accredited source for third-party verification of food production practices. Certified Piedmontese also subscribes to self-imposed audits regularly through IMI Global and other progressive agencies to verify each of its farm-to-fork processes and claims, so consumers know exactly where and how the beef is raised.

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USMCA Takes Effect: Welcome News for Struggling Farmers

USMCA Takes Effect: Welcome News for Struggling Farmers

Farm Bureau Federation

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) goes into effect tomorrow, at a crucial time for farmers and ranchers struggling to recover from COVID-19 losses and a depressed agricultural economy. The expected $2 billion annual increase in U.S. agricultural exports and overall increase of $65 billion in gross domestic product will provide a welcome boost.

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Navajo ranchers are raising premium beef

Navajo ranchers are raising premium beef

Irina Zhorov

The Counter

The land on the Padres Mesa Demonstration Ranch, in northeastern Arizona, stretched so vast and wild that it could be perspective-skewing, easy to get lost in. But Bill Inman effortlessly navigated his truck through a sea of blue grama grass, broom weed and sage. When he spotted a herd of cows, he hit the brakes. “She’s a box of chocolates,” Kimberly Yazzie said as she pointed at a stately heifer.

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Tester, Grassley Promote 50/14 Proposal

Tester, Grassley Promote 50/14 Proposal

Greg Henderson

Drovers

The U.S. Senate needs to act now to help prevent meat shortages, according to two farm-state Senators. In an opinion published Monday in USA Today, Montana Senator John Tester and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley claim American farmers and ranchers face “a grave crisis, and it could hurt every family who buys meat at the grocery store.”

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