Daily Archives: August 3, 2020

Beware of Nitrates in Summer Grasses

Beware of Nitrates in Summer Grasses

Dr. Gary Bates

University of Tennessee

Most of the hay produced for beef cows in Tennessee comes from tall fescue fields.  There are, however, a significant number of producers that use summer grasses such as bermudagrass or sorghum x sudangrass hybrids for hay.  These plants can be used successfully for hay production.  But there is the potential for a buildup of nitrates in these plants, especially during a drought. It is important for producers to understand what nitrate toxicity is and how to prevent it.

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Silage handling, storage are key to maintaining quality

Silage handling, storage are key to maintaining quality

Barb Glen

The Western Producer
Producing high quality silage leads to production of high quality cattle, says ruminant nutritionist Leland Fuhr. Silage handling and storage are key to achieving that quality and they depend on storage type and design, crop staging and proper packing and protection, among other requirements.

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Using Cover Crops for Feed Production

Using Cover Crops for Feed Production

Taylor Leach


It’s no secret that cover crops have surged in popularity over the years. Traditionally, these crops have been planted as a conservation effort to help improve soil health, reduce rain runoff and prevent invasive weed species from taking root.

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Fencing and Grazing Clinic Offers Technology, Tours and Tools

Fencing and Grazing Clinic Offers Technology, Tours and Tools

Iowa Beef Cenrer

The Fencing and Grazing Clinic, organized and hosted by Iowa Beef Center, Department of Animal Science, and ISU Beef Teaching Farm at Iowa State University, is set for Sept. 9 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames. Iowa State Extension beef specialist Erika Lundy said a variety of topics, speakers and learning opportunities make this clinic a “must-attend” for anyone who works with cattle, grazing and fencing in their operations.

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Cool considerations for vaccine storage

Cool considerations for vaccine storage

Scott Jensen

Progressive Cattle

Livestock vaccines are biological products that must be stored and administered properly in order to elicit the desired immune response from animals. The label instructions for most vaccines state that they should be stored at 35ºF to 45ºF.

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When the cows are away, it’s time to ‘hay’

When the cows are away, it’s time to ‘hay’

Alex Portal

Black Hills Pioneer

While his cows munch merrily on the fulsome foliage within the Black Hills National Forest, local rancher Aaron Thompson is hard at work making sure his bovine have plenty to eat come winter. “We can rely on nature to feed (the cows) through late spring, early fall, summer,” Thompson said. “The rest of the time it’s on us to figure out how to feed them.”

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Beating the Heat – Tips for dealing with heat stress

Beating the Heat – Tips for dealing with heat stress

Commonwealth Journal

Heat stress is a problem that can affect cattle throughout the United States. However, in Kentucky and across the southeast cattle are at risk for experiencing more frequent and severe heat stress events than in other regions of the country.

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Gillette to host Corriente association national show

Gillette to host Corriente association national show

Wyoming Livestock Roundup

The North American Corriente Association (NACA) will host their national convention in conjunction with the Plains Area Corriente Association (PACA) Annual Cattle Show and Ropings Sept. 16-19 in Gillette.

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Agri Beef Announces Plans For New Idaho Packing Plant

Agri Beef Announces Plans For New Idaho Packing Plant

Greg Henderson


Agri Beef, Boise, ID, announced Friday it plans to open a packing plant in Jerome, ID, that will process 500 head per day. The announcement was made at the Jerome airport and reported by MagicValley.com. The Jerome plant will operate as True West Beef and employ 400 workers.

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Assessment of forage brassica species for dairy and beef-cattle fall grazing systems

Assessment of forage brassica species for dairy and beef-cattle fall grazing systems

  1. LeanneDillard, Eric D.Billman, Kathy J.Soder

Science Direct

In temperate environments of the United States, winter forage management has traditionally necessitated either (a) feeding conserved forages or (b) stockpiling grazeable perennial forage. Forage brassicas might offer a low-cost alternative to these strategies. This project evaluated different annual forage brassicas in a temperate forage fall production system.

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