Daily Archives: July 30, 2020

Mark Parker: The Top 10 emails a farmer receives

Mark Parker: The Top 10 emails a farmer receives

#10. Recall notice: Semen you used a few months back was actually from an easy-calving Corriente bull.

#9. Eastern European mail-order bride link — wife says it’s fine as long as Mladenka cooks, cleans and runs to town for parts.

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Stockpiling Forages for Winter Feed

Stockpiling Forages for Winter Feed

During her July Farm Talk Breakfast, Noble County AgNR Educator Christine Gelley hosted Chris Penrose, AgNR Educator in Morgan County speaking on extending the grazing season through stockpiling. Now is the time to get started stockpiling, and this is Penrose’s presentation describing how to best manage for successful stockpiling.

Weighing the healthy value of fall calving

Weighing the healthy value of fall calving

Chris Thomsen

Progressive Cattle

For most cow-calf producers, fall typically means weaning the calf crop. Yet for many producers, it also means fall calving. According to the USDA-NASS Cattle Inventory report, approximately 27% of calves were born during the second half of 2019.

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Divisions Deepen in the Cattle Industry Over Price Discovery

Divisions Deepen in the Cattle Industry Over Price Discovery

Victoria Myers

Progressive Farmer

Cattle producers from one end of the country to the other are convinced their markets were long-ago hijacked by the “Big Four.” Namely, they blame Cargill, JBS, National Beef and Tyson—who collectively control more than 80% of the U.S. slaughter market for beef—for pricing inequities.

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Recycled tires might be your water-source solution

Recycled tires might be your water-source solution

Becky Mills

Angus Journal

Workhorse Water Troughs Recycled tires might be your water-source solution.by Becky Mills, field editor If you’re thinking about putting in a rotational grazing system, or you want to fence your cattle out of a creek or pond, then water is on your mind. At Eden Shale Farm, water troughs made from heavy equipment tires are the solution.

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What To Do in a Summer Storm

What To Do in a Summer Storm

Leif Bakken

Northern AG Network

Northern Ag territory is no stranger to changing weather conditions. Some people think of themselves as ‘storm chasers’getting amazing videos and photos as a system to develops, farmers and ranchers hope their commodity makes it out unscathed. South Dakota State University extension gives some tips for summer storm preparedness.

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Feed Testing & Analysis for Beef Cattle

Feed Testing & Analysis for Beef Cattle

Beef Cattle Research Council

When you don’t know the quality of feed on an operation, maintaining animal health and welfare can become significantly more difficult. Visual assessment of feedstuffs is not accurate enough to access quality and may lead to cows being underfed and losing body condition, or wasting money on expensive supplements that aren’t necessary.

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Tips to Plan for Silage Harvest

Tips to Plan for Silage Harvest


It’s hard to believe that silage harvest is just a few months away. Starting the planning process now can make the entire process go much smoother when it arrives. Following are planning tips from Luiz Ferraretto, assistant professor and ruminant nutrition extension specialist at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Cattle pricing investigation leaves producers unsatisfied

Cattle pricing investigation leaves producers unsatisfied

Eric Bohl

Daily Journal

In late July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report on the difference between the prices of live cattle and processed meat. To those outside the industry, this report probably sounded like a run-of-the-mill government document. But cattle producers have been anxiously awaiting its findings for nearly a year. Since Missouri is a top-three state in cattle inventory with many small producers, improvement to the opaque cattle market could have a huge positive impact on our state.

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4 tips to keep pinkeye at bay

4 tips to keep pinkeye at bay

Amanda Radke

Beef Magazine

In the summer months, as cattle graze on pastures, there are many considerations to think about — creep feeding, managing noxious weeds, fixing fence, breeding windows, watching for signs of pneumonia in calves, setting a weaning date, haying and the list goes on and on.

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