Mark Parker: The Top 10 emails a farmer receives

Mark Parker: The Top 10 emails a farmer receives

#10. Recall notice: Semen you used a few months back was actually from an easy-calving Corriente bull.

#9. Eastern European mail-order bride link — wife says it’s fine as long as Mladenka cooks, cleans and runs to town for parts.

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Stockpiling Forages for Winter Feed

Stockpiling Forages for Winter Feed

During her July Farm Talk Breakfast, Noble County AgNR Educator Christine Gelley hosted Chris Penrose, AgNR Educator in Morgan County speaking on extending the grazing season through stockpiling. Now is the time to get started stockpiling, and this is Penrose’s presentation describing how to best manage for successful stockpiling.

Weighing the healthy value of fall calving

Weighing the healthy value of fall calving

Chris Thomsen

Progressive Cattle

For most cow-calf producers, fall typically means weaning the calf crop. Yet for many producers, it also means fall calving. According to the USDA-NASS Cattle Inventory report, approximately 27% of calves were born during the second half of 2019.

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Divisions Deepen in the Cattle Industry Over Price Discovery

Divisions Deepen in the Cattle Industry Over Price Discovery

Victoria Myers

Progressive Farmer

Cattle producers from one end of the country to the other are convinced their markets were long-ago hijacked by the “Big Four.” Namely, they blame Cargill, JBS, National Beef and Tyson—who collectively control more than 80% of the U.S. slaughter market for beef—for pricing inequities.

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Recycled tires might be your water-source solution

Recycled tires might be your water-source solution

Becky Mills

Angus Journal

Workhorse Water Troughs Recycled tires might be your water-source Becky Mills, field editor If you’re thinking about putting in a rotational grazing system, or you want to fence your cattle out of a creek or pond, then water is on your mind. At Eden Shale Farm, water troughs made from heavy equipment tires are the solution.

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What To Do in a Summer Storm

What To Do in a Summer Storm

Leif Bakken

Northern AG Network

Northern Ag territory is no stranger to changing weather conditions. Some people think of themselves as ‘storm chasers’getting amazing videos and photos as a system to develops, farmers and ranchers hope their commodity makes it out unscathed. South Dakota State University extension gives some tips for summer storm preparedness.

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Feed Testing & Analysis for Beef Cattle

Feed Testing & Analysis for Beef Cattle

Beef Cattle Research Council

When you don’t know the quality of feed on an operation, maintaining animal health and welfare can become significantly more difficult. Visual assessment of feedstuffs is not accurate enough to access quality and may lead to cows being underfed and losing body condition, or wasting money on expensive supplements that aren’t necessary.

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Tips to Plan for Silage Harvest

Tips to Plan for Silage Harvest


It’s hard to believe that silage harvest is just a few months away. Starting the planning process now can make the entire process go much smoother when it arrives. Following are planning tips from Luiz Ferraretto, assistant professor and ruminant nutrition extension specialist at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Cattle pricing investigation leaves producers unsatisfied

Cattle pricing investigation leaves producers unsatisfied

Eric Bohl

Daily Journal

In late July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report on the difference between the prices of live cattle and processed meat. To those outside the industry, this report probably sounded like a run-of-the-mill government document. But cattle producers have been anxiously awaiting its findings for nearly a year. Since Missouri is a top-three state in cattle inventory with many small producers, improvement to the opaque cattle market could have a huge positive impact on our state.

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4 tips to keep pinkeye at bay

4 tips to keep pinkeye at bay

Amanda Radke

Beef Magazine

In the summer months, as cattle graze on pastures, there are many considerations to think about — creep feeding, managing noxious weeds, fixing fence, breeding windows, watching for signs of pneumonia in calves, setting a weaning date, haying and the list goes on and on.

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The “Positive Associative Effect” of High Protein Supplements

The “Positive Associative Effect” of High Protein Supplements

Glenn Selk

University of Florida

As you drive around this fall you see many big round bales of hay stored for winter feed.  The quality of this hay will vary a great deal.  Frankly, some of it will be low in protein content and therefore low in digestibility.  The microorganisms in the rumen of beef cows and replacement heifers require readily available protein to multiply and exist in large enough quantities to digest the cellulose in low quality roughages.

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Online program on managing pasture, hay insect pests set for Aug. 18

Online program on managing pasture, hay insect pests set for Aug. 18

Paul Schattenberg

Southern Livestock

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Bexar County Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will present the Managing Hay and Pasture Insect Pests online program Aug. 18. The webinar, which will be given via Microsoft Teams, will be from noon to 1 p.m. Registered attendees will be provided a link to the webinar a few days prior to the program.

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Ag Industry Frustrated with Burger King’s Misguided Commercial

Ag Industry Frustrated with Burger King’s Misguided Commercial

Mayzie Purviance

Western AG Reporter

Burger King, founded in 1954, has evolved over the years like any other fast food chain.  It has also seen its fair share of controversy, but in 2020, controversy cannot simply be swept under the rug because it can be preserved online, seemingly, forever.

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Beef producers: Do you want to vote on the checkoff?

Beef producers: Do you want to vote on the checkoff?

Beef Magazine

As of today, 2,825 producers have submitted a petition calling for a vote on the termination of the Beef Promotion and Research Order. Several individual ranchers and farm and ranch groups, including R-CALF USA, formally launched a national petition drive on July 2 requesting a nationwide referendum on the termination of the Beef Promotion and Research Order, commonly known as the Beef Checkoff program, Feedstuffs reported.

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Cattle behavior is key to safe handling

Cattle behavior is key to safe handling

Aberdeen News

Using the instinctive behaviors of cattle to move and manage them makes handling activities much safer for both handlers and animals. Retired Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture animal science professor, Jo Bek, says building a relationship with the cattle you manage is an important step in the process.

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Beef Industry Long Range Plan For 2021-2025 Released

Beef Industry Long Range Plan For 2021-2025 Released



The Beef Industry Long Range Plan task force officially introduced its new five-year plan for 2021-2025 today at the Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting in Denver. The task force’s mission is to ensure the long-term prosperity of the U.S. beef industry by sustainably producing the most trusted, highest quality and consistently satisfying protein for consumers around the world.

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Should I add more legumes to my pasture?

Should I add more legumes to my pasture?

Christine Gelley

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Including legumes in grass pastures has the potential to increase the overall nutritive value of the pasture and decrease the need for supplemental nitrogen fertilizer. Read on to find out if you should add more legumes to your pasture.

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Expanded approval for synchronization

Expanded approval for synchronization

Shauna Rose Hermel

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Merck Animal Health announces Fertagyl® (gonadorelin) is now approved for use with cloprostenol sodium to synchronize estrous cycles to allow for fixed-timed artificial insemination (FTAI) in beef cows. Already approved for use with Estrumate® (cloprostenol injection) to synchronize estrous cycles to allow for FTAI in lactating dairy cows, the new label indication enables beef veterinarians and producers to use the two products on-label in their breeding program.

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Effects of conventional and nonconventional growth-enhancing technologies for finishing feedlot beef steer

Effects of conventional and nonconventional growth-enhancing technologies for finishing feedlot beef steers

G.O.Ribeiro, M.L.May, S.L.Parr, O.C.Schunicht, L.O.Burciaga-Robles, S.J.Hannon, T.M.Grimson,C.W.Booker, T.A.McAllister

Science Direct

Two experiments were conducted to evaluate conventional (tylosin, monensin, steroidal hormone growth implants, and β-adrenergic agonist) and nonconventional [direct-fed microbial (DFM), fibrolytic enzyme (ENZ), and flavoring agent (OLEO)] growth-enhancing technologies on the performance of finishing beef feedlot steers.

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What Makes Soil Healthy?

What Makes Soil Healthy?

Beef Research Centre

Soil health has been defined as “the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living system, within ecosystem and land-use boundaries, to sustain biological productivity, maintain the quality of air and water environments, and promote plant, animal, and human health”.

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