Grant D. Crawford
Tahlequah Daily Press
Many in and around Cherokee County make their living, or at least part of it, in the livestock business. That is why it is important for cattleman and ranchers to protect assets by mitigating the risks of livestock operations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is in place to help residents of Adair, Cherokee and Sequoyah Counties.
Learning can be fun … if you have a cow
Last summer, I applied to the Minnesota Youth Beef Experience Program (MYBEP) to win a free, registered beef heifer. The MYBEP program is open to youth ages 12-16 who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to agriculture. Through the program, I won the South Devon heifer – Bobbi Lane. Since I received Bobbi Lane at the Minnesota Beef Expo last October I have enjoyed fulfilling my required responsibilities: taking care of her, writing quarterly progress reports and scrapbooking.
Auctioneering is where fast-talking and fast-selling meet
Do you ever get that feeling that somebody’s watching you? If you’re at auctioneer school, odds are lots of people are watching you — the entire class and instructors, in fact. “It gives me butterflies,” said Chad Simmons, who, along with fiancée Michelle Rose, went through the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in High Point, North Carolina, this year.
BeefTalk: Future of Beef Revisited – Consumer Issues and Demand
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension
After four decades of engaging consumers and integrating producers, I still ponder.
The sensitivity between consumers and beef producers is increasing, but the sensitivity may not always be on the same tracks. Consumers register their opinion at the checkout counter through product selection and validate their expressed opinions by how they shop and how much they pay.
Tall Fescue Challenges Can Be Managed
Across the Southeast, beef cattle are knee-deep in tall fescue now, generating concerns of fescue toxicosis. It’s an age-old ailment that’s known to produce rough hair coats, heat stress, suppressed appetite, poor growth and reduced calving rates.
Farm Hack Fly Traps
I recently joined the Regenerative Grazing Group Facebook page. Participants share information and ask questions about what’s going on in their pastures and help each other think about how we can all be better grazing managers. If you’re a facebooker, you can check it out. In the meantime, I asked if I could share this great fly management hack I found there.
Hay Moisture Levels
Chris Penrose and Dan Lima
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
With the limited opportunities and short windows many have had to make hay so far this year, some hay may have been made at higher moisture levels than we would like.