Daily Archives: February 24, 2021

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 signs spring can’t be far off

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 signs spring can’t be far off

FarmTalk

#10. The first of 10,000 potentially yield-crushing diseases are hitchhiking up from Texas.

#9. You remove your first tick from a darned inconvenient location.

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Hay Quality; What a difference a year makes, or does it?

Hay Quality; What a difference a year makes, or does it?

Ted Wiseman

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

We can certainly say this past year has had its challenges. However, quality of forages made in 2020 was much better for most compared to the previous two years.  Weather conditions were more favorable especially for first cutting. The late frost in May set our forages back and for many first cutting forage yields were extremely low. Second, third and four cuttings were better, but overall hay supplies are tight again for some.

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Managing hypothermia in newborn calves

Managing hypothermia in newborn calves

Emma Henning

Agriculture.com

Subzero temperatures across the Midwest have come at a particularly important time for cattle producers, many of whom are welcoming newborn calves on their farms.

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Demand for Preconditioning Grows as Feeders Shift Away From Population-Based Management

Demand for Preconditioning Grows as Feeders Shift Away From Population-Based Management

Victoria Myers

Progressive Farmer

A lot happens to a calf from the time it leaves its dam to when its hooves hit the feedlot. Every step of the way is a chance for viral or bacterial exposures that cost buyers in time, expense and lost gains.

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NCBA leader says there still work to do on a CFAP3

NCBA leader says there still work to do on a CFAP3

Brownfield Ag News

Meghan Grebner

Ethan Lane, vice president of government affairs, says the USDA has a set of rules and regulations they must follow before the assistance can be distributed.  “Give then fact that the original CFAP last spring took about 30 to 45 days, I would say that’s probably the earliest you can expect to see any additional payments for cattle producers,” he says.  “It’s going to take them a little bit of time to get them through the process.”

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What do increased grain prices mean for backgrounders?

What do increased grain prices mean for backgrounders?

Jeff Lehmkuhler

Beef Magazine

Backgrounding and stocker enterprises are tight-margin industries.  This time of year, we receive several questions regarding supplementing cows and calves. Often, I must ask what feeds are available and what prices are as this is rarely included in the original request.

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The Importance of Reading a Feed Tag

The Importance of Reading a Feed Tag

Sure Champ

Walk into any feed room in any barn, and what do you see? Rows of neatly stacked bags that look very similar. It doesn’t matter what species you are feeding; the differential is in the brand. One brand might be purple and black, another green and white and another tan and orange; but bag after bag will appear to be the same – on the outside.

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Select grade becoming a ‘no man’s land.’

Select grade becoming a ‘no man’s land.’

Miranda Reiman

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

What was exceptional yesterday is average today. That’s true in the cattle business and especially apparent in high-quality beef production.

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Forage inventories help plan for forage uncertainties

Forage inventories help plan for forage uncertainties

Emma Ohirko

Progressive Forage

Establishing a feed and forage inventory is an important tool for the operation of many farms. It can provide value to the farm for a variety of reasons, including understanding current supply to mitigate the risk of running out, to calculate forage available, to determine if a given forage will run out and to calculate the daily forage needs of a herd. It also helps calculate how many days forage inventories will last.

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Cattlemen’s Beef Board elects new officers

Cattlemen’s Beef Board elects new officers

Beef Magazine

Hugh Sanburg, Norman Voyles, Jr. and Jimmy Taylor are pictured. The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill.  The Beef Board has elected three cattle producers as their new leaders.

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