Daily Archives: October 29, 2020

The economic value of rotational grazing

The economic value of rotational grazing

Mitch Kezar

Successful Farming

Lance Vilhauer pops open a fence gate and strides through dew-laden grass into a pasture. He checks his cows and calves as the sun crests over a slough filled with cattails and raucous ducks. He examines grazed grass stalks, rolling them through his fingers. “What really turned me onto rotational grazing was the economic value of it in dollar signs,” he says. He ought to know. Vilhauer is a banker.

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Multi-Sire Breeding Program

Multi-Sire Breeding Program

Dr. Ken McMillan


There are advantages to a multi-sire breeding program. First in my mind is the fact that any bull can “go bad” at any time. This may not be obvious when it happens, and he may still be breeding cows. Additionally, if several cows come into heat at one time, multiple bulls should be more effective at servicing and settling them.

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Cyanide poisoning and nitrate toxicity – Do you know the difference?

Cyanide poisoning and nitrate toxicity – Do you know the difference?

Dr. Jimmy Henning

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Some aspects of forage management are just confusing enough that the same questions come up every year. Take the forage disorders, cyanide poisoning and nitrate toxicity, for example. Questions on these disorders come up anytime the forage sorghum species are grazed and especially in the fall as light frosts predicted. This article gives a quick reminder about these two forage disorders of cattle. (Cyanide toxicity is also called prussic acid toxicity or poisoning).

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Where does metaphylaxis fit as a feedlot option?

Where does metaphylaxis fit as a feedlot option?

Bruce Derksen

Progressive Cattle

Fall-weaned calves are once again filling the feedlots, bringing with them their stresses, susceptibilities and weakened immune systems. Spurred on by the newly acquired bugs of commingled calves, their depression or lack thereof will soon force operators to select a suitable option to address the oncoming health crisis.

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Washington to supply federal money to meat processors

Washington to supply federal money to meat processors

Capital Press

Washington meat processors that have up to 250 employees can apply for government grants to pay for expanding their businesses or recoup costs related to COVID-19. The state Department of Agriculture will take applications until Nov. 16. The department plans to give out about $4.6 million. The money comes from the federal CARES Act passed by Congress in March.

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Virtual beef cattle workshop features applied reproductive strategies

Virtual beef cattle workshop features applied reproductive strategies

Tri State Neighbor

A workshop for commercial and seedstock producers, artificial insemination industries, and veterinarians interested in reproductive management and associated genetic tools is being hosted virtually by Midwestern universities. The 2020 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop is set for Nov. 4 and 5.

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Teaming up with lenders

Teaming up with lenders

Lisa Moser

Kansas State University

Anyone who has ever participated in a group sport knows that the most successful teams are the ones where the players and coaches communicate well and recognize that the athletes each possess unique talents that can benefit the team. In much the same way, ranchers who assemble a team of experts to include a veterinarian, nutritionist and a financial advisor often find success that results from the collaboration.

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Valuing hay with today’s feed analysis

Valuing hay with today’s feed analysis

John Goeser, David R. Mertens

Hay and Forage Grower

With rising water costs in the West, and winterkill and growing season challenges in the Midwest and East, this value has only increased. As a result, appropriately valuing every ton of forage is critical. Total digestible nutrients (TDN, %) are at the root of every hay valuation in one way or another. For relative feed value (RFV) and relative forage quality (RFQ), TDN is an intermediate in the calculations.

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How Grass-Fed Beef Is Duping Consumers, Again

How Grass-Fed Beef Is Duping Consumers, Again

Jessica Scott-Reid

Sentient Media

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.

“When you have cattle grazing on these grassland landscapes, it really encourages plant and soil biodiversity,” says cattle rancher Ross Macdonald, as he wanders through a bucolic landscape in central Canada. “See that soil is alive,” he adds as dirt falls through his fingers. “The cattle and the ecosystem coexist,” echoes fellow rancher Lieschen Beretta, standing in a lush field in Ontario, “and they actually need each other.”

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Ear-Marked at Birth

Ear-Marked at Birth


According to two University of Nebraska research studies, key information to help identify heifers with a tendency to be successful replacements is known the day those females are born. Dr. Rick Funston, beef reproductive physiologist at the UNL West Central Research and Extension Center, conducted the experiments.

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