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by WLJ
2016 November 25
Maynard Hogberg of Ames, IA, was honored with a Saddle & Sirloin Club Portrait Nov. 13 by the Kentucky State Fair Board. This tradition has been going on for 113 years. It honors leaders who have demonstrated lifetime achievements and provided valuable service to animal agriculture.
by WLJ
2016 November 25
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest conservation program. Applications will be made available in local service centers and will be accepted through Feb.
by WLJ
2016 November 25
The project allows producers to see what can happen if they keep and feed calves after weaning instead of selling them. Each producer may consign two or three calves to the project. Those calves are fed to market weight at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC) feedlot, then harvested.
2016 November 25
After 4 months of age, the foal’s nutritional requirements exceed that provided by the mare’s milk, and most foals are eating grain and forage on their own. Therefore, the first step in the weaning process should include ensuring the foal is eating a good quality hay and comfortable eating a well-balanced ration containing 14-16 percent protein, 0.
by WLJ
2016 November 25
The program is an opportunity for NJHA members to gain invaluable cattle-feeding industry education and experience. Participants will have the ability to estimate feedyard performance and carcass merit, and then compare the information to actual performance data.
2016 November 25
Adding a cover crop to the rotation plan that livestock can graze can improve soil health and help protect the environment. That’s the premise behind a four-year, nearly $4 million USDA project, spearheaded by South Dakota State University (SDSU) Assistant Professor Sandeep Kumar of the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science.
2016 November 25
It is a first for the MSU Steer-A-Year program. “Our new development this year is there will be quality beef from steers raised and fed in our Steer-A-Year class for beef dishes served in the MSU Miller Dining Hall and at other university events,” said Hannah DelCurto Wyffels, instructor of the class and MSU’s Livestock Judging Team Coach.
2016 November 25
Apparently not. To the potential disappointment of the scientific community, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) unanimously voted to approve a proposal on Nov. 18 that would, among other things, ban plants and animals produced using gene editing technology from being considered organic.


by WLJ
2016 November 18
One of the researchers, Dr. Mark Miller, Professor and Distinguished Chair in Meat Science at Texas Tech, said, “No doubt if you do mineral supplementation with seaweed in it, it helps tremendously with fescue toxicity. What we found out is that it also improves healthfulness of that livestock.
2016 November 18
According to research in the north central U.S., grazing may not interfere with the alfalfa going dormant. However, Erickson said producers need to manage the grazing, so that 6-8 inches of alfalfa regrowth remain, to minimize winter injury and ensure adequate regrowth in the spring.
2016 November 18
Estimating forage usage by cows is an important part of the task of calculating winter feed needs. Hay or standing forage intake must be estimated in order to make the calculations. Forage quality will be a determining factor in the amount of forage consumed.
2016 November 18
Cattle producers in many areas of Oklahoma have been fortunate this summer to receive timely rains. Many big round bales of hay have been stored for winter feeding. Meeting the supplemental protein needs for the cows and replacement heifers consuming that forage must be done properly and economically.
2016 November 18
“However, there is always concern about calves getting too fleshy at higher rates of gain,” says Karl Hoppe, the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service area Livestock Systems Specialist at the Carrington Research Extension Center.
2016 November 18
However, according to Jimmy Doyle, South Dakota State University (SD- SU) Extension Natural Resource Management Field Specialist, these incremental increases in production often come at the cost of increasingly expensive inputs and may jeopardize the long-term health of your natural resources.
2016 November 18
Antibiotics are critical tools for control of diseases in livestock. Antibiotic resistance threatens the use of antibiotics in livestock for two important reasons. If resistance develops, the antibiotic may not be effective in treating the disease.
2016 November 18
Cover crops, reduced equipment passes, and subsurface irrigation have been key, according to Jeff Mitchell, University of California (UC) Cooperative Extension Specialist based at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center. These practices combine to feed and protect the soil microorganisms often ignored in agricultural systems.
2016 November 18
Though not a central focus of the event, several speakers at the Northeastern Livestock Symposium talked about antibiotic use, effectiveness and availability in the industry. The event was held in Sterling, CO, last week, hosted by the Colorado Livestock Association.




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