Utilizing Cover Crops as Livestock Forage
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Utilizing cover crops as forage not only provides feedstuffs for meeting the nutritional needs of livestock, but also offers soil health benefits. In this presentation originally offered during the COVID-19 quarantine period in April, 2020, OSU Extension Educator Christine Gelley discusses cover crop forage selection, seeding, management and harvest opportunities.
Avoid the common abuses of forage quality testing
Glenn Shewmaker and Dan Putnam
There is much concern about the reliability of hay test results and how lab results impact price and sales of hay. However, some of the concern about the reliability of laboratory results is brought about, not by the performance of the labs themselves, but by unrealistic expectations, abuses or misunderstandings of the whole hay testing process. Six common abuses of hay testing results are outlined below, and potential solutions to those abuses are outlined.
OSU’s Derrell Peel Says Beef Demand Is A Complex Equation
Oklahoma Farm Report
The complicated world of beef demand was a hot topic before the pandemic hit and has since become even more discussed among both consumers and economists. Dr. Derrell Peel, OSU Extension livestock market economist explains a recent demand research study
Technology reduces diagnosis of BRD from four + days to about 30 minutes
The number one struggle Aaron Ault faces on his farm is managing bovine respiratory disease (BRD). During a bad BRD outbreak, the Indiana farmer may spend weeks pulling two to three dozen sick calves per day from his herd for treatment.
Tips for preventing bloat in cows
“When cattle graze on high quality forages such as legumes, the plants have characteristics that promote frothing. A cow’s saliva is thick and oily, which can usually break down the froth,” said K-State veterinarian Bob Larson. “If there is too much froth production, the rumen fills with gas, putting pressure on the lungs so that the cattle can’t breathe, causing them to die if there is no intervention.”
Bart Lardner – Transformative Technologies for a Changing World
Dr Bart Lardner, professor, Animal & Poultry Science, University of Saskatchewan, discusses the beef industry and climate change.
Yes, alternative meat can help stop climate change. Here’s why.
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
What follows is a handy Q&A is for those kinds of moments. It’s for convincing burger-loving friends that meat alternatives are worth exploring. It’s for the next time you’re in the supermarket, wondering whether to spend an extra buck on frozen bricks of Beyond or Impossible beef, or for when you’re trying to get your parents to reduce their climate footprint by doing the same. Save your breath and send them this article instead.
What’s important for you and your ranch?
In recent weeks, I have been asked by several ranch owners and their employees, “In my daily or weekly activities, what are the most important things I should be doing?” For these particular ranches and the people asking the questions, my answer was, “In addition to managing self, add grazing, irrigation, breeding better cattle and marketing.”
CDC updates precautions for livestock shows
This past week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their recommendations to provide more detailed precautions for livestock shows. Many state fairs across the country have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Temple Grandin on protecting the meat supply chain
Dr. Temple Grandin
Meat & Poultry
The coronavirus (COVID-19) brought massive disruptions to the meat and poultry and other food production supply chains. Thousands of animals had to be euthanized on farms this year. The food waste of meat, milk and produce was horrendous.