Daily Archives: July 14, 2020

How Do I Know When It’s Time to Harvest My Corn for Silage.

How Do I Know When It’s Time to Harvest My Corn for Silage.

Casey Guindon.

American Cattlemen

Proper harvest timing is key when it comes to storing high quality corn silage. Optimum moisture content at harvest is essential in the promotion of fermentation, which results in high quality silage. While the optimum level of moisture may vary depending on the type of ensiling system you plan to use, a moisture level of 65% is a good estimate. At this moisture content, the silage can be adequately compressed, and the oxygen is removed more quickly.

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Emergency Forages to Plant Mid-Summer

Emergency Forages to Plant Mid-Summer

The Ohio State University

First and second cutting hay yields are being reported as lower than usual in many areas of Ohio this year. Forages took a hit from the late freezes and cold weather this spring, followed by dry weather after first cutting. Fortunately, hay quality is much better than usual.

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Gene Wiese, Manning, Iowa, leaves a legacy of integrity, knowledge and love for family.

Gene Wiese, Manning, Iowa, leaves a legacy of integrity, knowledge and love for family.

Christy Couch Lee

Hereford World

On Nov. 14, 2019, past American Hereford Association (AHA) leader and icon Gene Wiese passed away at the age of 90. He accomplished a great deal in his nine decades on earth. But those who knew Gene say that although the awards were nice, those are not what truly mattered to this man. No, what mattered most to this man was simple: fostering an incredible legacy within his family and treating every man as an equal.

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Shortened breeding season for cattle provides marketing benefits

Shortened breeding season for cattle provides marketing benefits

Western Livestock Journal

The ability to sell heavier, more uniform groups of calves at marketing time underscores the need for cow-calf operations to complete their breeding season no later than the end of June.

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Bark-Eating Cows

Bark-Eating Cows

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN

A group of bored cows can sometimes find odd ways to spend their time. This behavior actually has a name, “pica.” It refers to the habit of eating something not normally considered food, and it can occur in all animals. One of my favorite episodes of that classic sitcom “M*A*S*H” was when Klinger decided to eat a Jeep in his continuous attempt to get out of the army. I guess you could call that pica.

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Marfrig to Build Tracking System for Cattle Raised in the Amazon

Marfrig to Build Tracking System for Cattle Raised in the Amazon

Tatiana Freitas

Bloomberg News

Marfrig Global Foods SA, the second-largest beef producer, will start a five-year project to build a tracking system for cattle raised in critical areas of the Amazon, according to founder and chairman Marcos Molina, who says it’s possible to do the same throughout the nation.

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Drought duration: You have more control than you think

Drought duration: You have more control than you think

Michael Cox

Beef Magazine

Drought conditions are sweeping across much of the western states, with precipitation levels in many areas significantly lower than historical averages. Rain events will obviously dictate when a drought will occur.

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Checkoff Checking out? Groups, individuals seek enough petitions for Beef Checkoff referendum

Checkoff Checking out? Groups, individuals seek enough petitions for Beef Checkoff referendum

Carrie Stadheim

Tri State Livestock News

A number of groups and individuals launched an Online petition to gain the signatures needed to require USDA to conduct an “up or down” vote of cattle producers over the Beef Checkoff.

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Building a BudBox: Part One

Building a BudBox: Part One

Whit Hibbard And Dawn Hnatow

Bovine Veterinarian

Unlike the other crowd pen designs, the BudBox, named after the originator, Bud Williams, is unique in how it makes our idea the animals’ idea so they willing do what we want, whether going up the chute to the squeeze, up the loading dock into the truck, through the trailer load out into the trailer, or onto the scale.

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USDA Leader Says Farmers Can Expect CFAP Round Two Next Month

USDA Leader Says Farmers Can Expect CFAP Round Two Next Month

Anna-Lisa Laca

Farm Journal

When farmers applied for relief payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), farmers were only guaranteed 80% of the payment they were eligible for. According to Bill Northey, USDA’s undersecretary for farm production and conservation, farmers can expect to receive the remaining 20% by the end of August.

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