Daily Archives: December 29, 2020

Wheat Midds Affordable Feed Option For Some

Wheat Midds Affordable Feed Option For Some

DTN

As some analysts project double-digit increases in feed costs moving into 2021, many producers will be considering more alternative feed sources to keep livestock in good body condition moving through the winter months.

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Automatic gates and simplified fencing make it easy to move cattle often.

Automatic gates and simplified fencing make it easy to move cattle often.

Raylene Nickel

Successful Farming

Reaping the benefits of high-intensity, short-duration grazing means frequent moving of livestock. Fencing materials and pasture designs simplify the work.  “I may move 350 yearlings as often as six times a day,” says Paul Brown.

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Individual animal treatments are often worth pursuing

Individual animal treatments are often worth pursuing

Roy Lewis

Alberta Farmer Express

We focus on herd medicine, herd reproduction, production, biosecurity, animal welfare and marketing — and these, without a doubt, have a big impact on profitability as well as consumer acceptance. However, in cattle production there are still the individual cases which require our attention and can have favourable outcomes.

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Establishing Ideal Pasture Seeding Plans.

Establishing Ideal Pasture Seeding Plans.

Maura Keller.

American Cattlemen

A successful pasture seeding plan is part art, part science, and a lot of hard work. In addition to understanding the land, weather patterns and the science behind pasture seeding, beef and dairy producers also need to meet the evolving needs of their livestock at every turn. And that’s where seeding professionals come in—not only can they offer guidance in identifying and establishing ideal pasture seeding programs, they also are on the leading edge of seed innovations that can dramatically impact a producer’s bottom line.

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Producers should follow recommended veterinary practices for dehorning cattle

Producers should follow recommended veterinary practices for dehorning cattle

The Cattle Site

“A successful plan involves the use of a written protocol, knowledgeable and skilled personnel and ways to minimize stress and promote healing,” said Dr. Rosslyn Biggs, OSU Extension  veterinarian and director of continuing education for the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “Seek input from your veterinarian when developing the written protocol.”

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Missouri Prime Beef Packers to open beef processing plant in southwest Missouri 

Missouri Prime Beef Packers to open beef processing plant in southwest Missouri 

Brian Hauswirth

MissouriNet

A veteran state lawmaker and cattleman has announced that a company will open a new beef processing plant in January in southwest Missouri’s Pleasant Hope, which is between Springfield and Bolivar.

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Forage Analysis Valuable to Develop Winter Feeding Programs

Forage Analysis Valuable to Develop Winter Feeding Programs

Ellen Crawford

Drovers

Laboratory analysis to determine the quality of feedstuffs was developed more than 150 years ago.  “Since that time, the ability to accurately analyze forages has greatly improved, as has the ability to use results to improve livestock feed efficiency and performance,” says Janna Block, Extension livestock systems specialist at NDSU’s Hettinger Research Extension Center.

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New BCS Fact Sheet Explains Seasonal Differences in Scoring Beef Cows

New BCS Fact Sheet Explains Seasonal Differences in Scoring Beef Cows

Iowa Beef Center

Body condition scoring is an easy trait to record and is strongly correlated to cow productivity. But don’t overlook the value of body condition scoring your cattle multiple times throughout the year. A new four-page publication from Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University has the info you need to do that.

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Cattlemen turn to crossbreeding to boost profitability

Cattlemen turn to crossbreeding to boost profitability

KMA Land

To get more from their work on the ranch, cattle producers across the country often turn to crossbreeding to boost profitability. A veteran in the beef business, RA Brown Ranch has produced commercial and seedstock cattle since 1895.

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2020 National Stocker Award: Rush Creek Ranch

2020 National Stocker Award: Rush Creek Ranch

Beef Magazine

“I’ve always been really production oriented, that’s just my nature. Once we own an animal, we try to get as much weight on them as we can,” says Reid Ludlow. He and his son, Matt, own and manage Rush Creek Ranch near Viroqua, Wisc., this year’s National Stocker Award winner.

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