Daily Archives: December 16, 2020

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 tips for farmers Christmas shopping at the mall

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 tips for farmers Christmas shopping at the mall

FarmTalk

#10. When buying clothes for your wife, steal tags from her closet — don’t try to describe her size with hand gestures.

#9. Stick a flag on your bale spear so you can find your truck in the parking lot.

#8. If you’re searching for your wife, focus on stores that smell like a perfume vat exploded or ones that sell shoes.

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Cattle movement benefits from quality stockmanship

Cattle movement benefits from quality stockmanship

John Campbell

The Western Producer

With the fall run in full swing, I’ve had the opportunity to be at a number of feedlots where they were processing fall calves. As I watched the processing crews, I was impressed at the stockmanship that I witnessed. There was no shouting, everybody was calm and quiet and animals were moved through the system calmly. There is no doubt that good facilities played a role in how well the cattle were moving through the processing barns, but a great deal of the credit had to go to the processing crews themselves.

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Late Gestation Planning Prior to Calving

Late Gestation Planning Prior to Calving

Olivia Amundson

South Dakota State University

For most, weaning is in the books and pregnancy detection is complete or soon to be underway. Now is the time to pay attention to those pregnant cows out on crop residue or grass. While these females may be the last thing on your mind, this time is critical for her success the following year.

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TAGS: Technology beef, technology, mobile app

TAGS: Technology beef, technology, mobile app

Kristy Foster Seachrist

Beef Magazine

Some say necessity is the mother of invention. That may be true for the new phone app, BullPEN. It is an to make multi-trait selection easier for cattlemen. Glenda Burgess says she knew there had to be an easier way for cattlemen to research bulls than a spreadsheet. Burgess and her husband’s family operate a cow-calf operation in the Nebraska Sandhills. She said she knew her husband wouldn’t use a computer and the spreadsheets on a smartphone just didn’t work because of the size. So she set off to come up with a plan.

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Controlling costly insect problem in beef cattle

Controlling costly insect problem in beef cattle

Phil Blevins

Bristol Herald Courier

Cattle producers should plan to treat for lice on Jan. 1 (or a date close to then) because these pests may be literally sucking up and eating away your profit. Lice infestations can result in significant economic loss due to several production related problems. USDA estimates the losses for the industry at $125 million each year. Cattle may suffer from anemia (which may lead to abortions or death in severe cases), reduced gain in calves, lower milk production and lower gains in older grazing stocker cattle.

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How to decipher beef balance sheet

How to decipher beef balance sheet

Lee Schulz

Wallaces Farmer

Many factors impact cattle prices every day as the market seeks a price that will balance expected supply with expected demand. Obscure and unprecedented supply-and-demand dynamics affected 2020 markets. COVID-19 made beef demand difficult to judge accurately. Collapsing food service demand offset surging retail grocery demand.

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Purdue Extension launches virtual program for beef producers

Purdue Extension launches virtual program for beef producers

Purdue News Service

Purdue Extension beef experts are hosting a new program for producers with less than five years of experience or individuals considering starting a beef cattle operation. The virtual program, Purdue Beef Basics, is scheduled for Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (ET) starting on Jan. 19 and ending on March 9, 2021.

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Skip your red meat burger. Save the Earth.

Skip your red meat burger. Save the Earth.

Sarina Dev

Georgetown Voice

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.

The solution to climate change may rest in our diets, specifically the red meat that we consume. Livestock is responsible for around 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, with the number one contributor being cattle—predominantly red meat animals.  We should round up all the cows in one big pasture, fence them in, and kill them all. Then, we throw a massive feast to satisfy everyone’s cravings for burgers and steak. And then it’s over. No more red meat.

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Paul M. Coleman, Virginia Leader and Livestock Marketer Passes

Paul M. Coleman, Virginia Leader and Livestock Marketer Passes

Paul Coleman was a native of southwest Virginia, Wytheville; one of nine children.  He was raised on a family farm and worked in the family country store.  In high school he was named State Livestock Farmer for 1957. He went on to graduate from Virginia Tech.  After college, he worked in Northern Virginia as a 4-H agent prior to joining the Navy for two years.  Following his Navy enlistment, he was a field man for the Virginia Angus Association where he met his wife of 53 years and partner.  From 1967-77, he served as East Coast Regional Manager for the American Hereford Association.  During that time he also purchased a farm in Albemarle County as well as an Auction Company which he ran as Coleman Sales Inc. for 40 years.

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Cow herd management and feed strategies in winter

Cow herd management and feed strategies in winter

Twig Marston

Progressive Cattle

Just as seasons change, cow herds will transition through production phases.

Spring-calving herds that have weaned are adjusting from the nutritional demands of lactation to subsequent production phases that begin with minimal nutritional requirements and end with significantly greater nutrient requirements during late gestation

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