Daily Archives: October 8, 2020

Baxter Black:  The Power Professional Processing Team

Baxter Black:  The Power Professional Processing Team

It struck in late October like a plague of mustard gas.
It started with a trickle but then soon began to mass.

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5 adverse silage scenarios and how to deal with them

5 adverse silage scenarios and how to deal with them

Emma Ohirko

Progressive Forage

When weather and growing conditions are less than ideal, it can be hard to know what steps to take to make the most of a subpar forage crop.

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Ag economists weigh in on cattle price discovery legislation

Ag economists weigh in on cattle price discovery legislation

Meghan Grebner

Brownfield AG News

There have been several bills introduced in Congress to improve price discovery in cattle. But, ag economist John Anderson with the University of Arkansas says the question the industry needs to ask – is it being hurt by the decline in cash trade and increase in formula pricing?

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One size does not fit all: Riverbend Ranch utilizes trait-specific lines to meet customers’ different needs

One size does not fit all: Riverbend Ranch utilizes trait-specific lines to meet customers’ different needs

Wyoming Livestock Roundup

One of the most progressive cattle breeding programs in the U.S. is headquartered near Idaho Falls, Idaho. Riverbend Ranch runs 1,400 registered Angus and embryo-recipient cows to produce bulls and replacement heifers for their registered herd. The ranch also runs 3,500 to 5,000 commercial cows and feeds about 11,000 head each year.

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Assessing Temperament in Cattle Using Chute Score

Assessing Temperament in Cattle Using Chute Score 

Jamie T. Parham, Ronald M. Lewis

University of Nebraska

Temperament is an animal’s behavioral response to handling by humans, or to any potentially fearful situation. Since these reactions are often linked with stress, they have negative effects on production and profitability. Because of its impact on pregnancy rates, growth, meat quality, and safety, producers have been selecting for temperament for years, whether by design or inadvertently.

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Beef cattle experts suggest factors for consideration when feeding coproducts.

Beef cattle experts suggest factors for consideration when feeding coproducts.

Lisa Moser

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Feed cost is often one of the most expensive inputs when trying to balance the beef cattle budget. To help reduce that expense, Midwestern producers will sometimes look to alternative feed products such as wet corn gluten, corn dried distillers’ grain with solubles (DDGS) or soy hulls, to name a few.

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Livestock Are Beefing Up Our Carbon Emissions

Livestock Are Beefing Up Our Carbon Emissions

Carmen Baskauf & Lucy Nalpathanchil

Connecticut Public Radio

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.

We talk with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization about how the meat industry worldwide can reduce its carbon footprint. And we hear from a Connecticut beef cattle farmer about an innovative type of grazing that may reduce the environmental impact of raising cattle.

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Cattle Ranching Benefits Us in Many Ways Beyond Beef

Cattle Ranching Benefits Us in Many Ways Beyond Beef

Laura H. Bennett

Southeast AG Net
Ranching helps your life in ways you may not be aware. For example, livestock help reduce food waste in many ways. Unsold or stale bakery products provide nutrition for cattle and other ruminants like sheep and goats. Leftovers from fiber and ethanol production also help feed cattle.

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Johnson introduces cattle reform bill

Johnson introduces cattle reform bill

Aberdeen News

On Oct. 1, U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., introduced the PRICE Act, a bill that will increase transparency in the cattle market, improve risk management, and support new and expanding meat processors. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the “Box Beef & Fed Cattle Price Spread Investigation Report, which identified a number of systemic issues in the cattle market. Johnson introduced the PRICE Act in response to the findings of this report.

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Mini cows produce big rewards for Reading rancher

Mini cows produce big rewards for Reading rancher

Melissa Lowery

The Emporia Gazette

Kinsey Jones had no idea starting a TikTok account earlier this year would turn her into a celebrity. The owner of Half-Pint Hooves Miniature Cattle, located in Reading, thought sharing videos of her mini cows would be a fun quarantine activity.

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