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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.


2016 November 18
New rules on how medically important antibiotics can be legally used in feed or water for food-producing animals will be implemented Jan. 1, 2017. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began talking several years ago to develop a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) to provide guidance and ensure the judicious use of these antimicrobials.


by WLJ
2016 November 18
Darwin Schweitzer passed away from a heart attack while doing something he loved; working outside. Eldest of six children born to Adam and Kay Schweitzer in Montana, Schweitzer grew up ranching and farming. He entered real estate early, selling a farm at age six.


2016 November 18
He also said there is an effort afoot to remove the annual appropriations language that for several years has prevented BLM from euthanizing excess horses or selling them without limitation. Additional language in the draft appropriations bill would allow BLM to transfer horses to other agencies that could use them, such as the U.


by WLJ
2016 November 18
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF’s) 31st annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.87, a 24-cent decrease from last year’s average of $50.
2016 November 18
A Purdue Universitybased startup has licensed an innovation that could develop dried distillers grain solids (DDGS) into a low cost, higher quality option as a bio-based carrier for animal and plant nutrients for feeds and organic fertilizers in home gardens and other commercial industry uses.
by WLJ
2016 November 18
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced last week that his trade mission to China, Hong Kong, and Macau led to the signing of nine agreements to bolster markets for Nebraska beef and pork.
by USDA
2016 November 18
In 2015, 16.6 percent of U.S. households with children (6.4 million households) were food insecure at some time during the year. In about half of these households, only adult household members were food insecure as the children had normal or near-normal diets and meal patterns.
by WLJ
2016 November 11
Johnson is a junior at Kansas State University studying agribusiness. With aspirations to manage his own commercial Angus cattle operation, he also plans to pursue a career in livestock marketing. Johnson found his love for the cattle industry when his father presented his first commercial Angus heifer as a gift.
by WLJ
2016 November 11
Reps. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), and Greg Walden (R-OR)—all of the House Committee on Natural Resources—sent a letter asserting that a pair of proposed monument designations would “exacerbate ongoing crises related to western drought and wildfire.


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