Farmers and ranchers want to control the information their equipment collects every time it passes through a field, a survey released last week by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) shows. Farmers also believe that creating a cooperative-style central repository for their data is the best way to enhance its security and maximize its value.
A growing chorus of cattle producers is expressing frustration regarding feeder cattle futures markets. For many years, I have defended the value of futures markets and the role of speculators in making those markets possible. However, it is increasingly important to ask and deal with questions and concerns, or the alternative may be undesired.
Black flies aren’t like run-of-the-mill house flies or other biting flies, such as horn or stable flies, Swiger said. They’re tiny, powerful blood-feeders who aren’t picky about their host. They attack humans as readily as domesticated animals and wildlife, and feed at various times throughout the day.
National FFA Advisor and FFA Board of Directors Chair Dr. Steve Brown shared the news with agricultural education state leaders and National FFA staff, saying, “Mark’s management and leadership experience will embrace the mission of FFA and enhance our vision to grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture.
The ski areas sued and USFS lost on procedural grounds. The court ordered the USFS to go back to the drawing board and while improvements were made in the context of ski area policy, the USFS subsequently issued other policy directives that raised additional concerns for private water rights holders throughout Colorado.
The clarion call for more local control over federal lands in the West is echoing, even in the far-off halls of Congress. Some lawmakers are calling for a transfer of lands to the states, while others are asking for improved laws and regulations on federal lands.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) released a three-year conservation strategy for the lesser prairie-chicken at the end of April. Noting that the bird’s habitat is located almost exclusively on privately-held lands, the emphasis on partnering with landowners in ways that are mutually beneficial was strong.
“Cattle might possess the greatest genetics for growth and carcass merit and be fed the most finely tuned ration nutritionists can formulate, but if the feeding environment is too stressful, those animals will simply not perform as well as expected,” said Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.
“A slimelike mucilage is secreted by microbes when they break down organic matter. This substance cements tiny soil particles into larger ones,” said David Trinklein, Horticulture Specialist for University of Missouri Extension. “The result is porous soil, which is important for good root growth.
If you wait too long, perhaps until this fall, time will have mellowed most of the events and one soon has difficulty matching a calving season with particular problems. Plus it may be too late to make the necessary changes to reduce calving losses. Now is perhaps the best time to make a few notes on what to change for next year.
“If a cow in the red group fails to breed, at the time we determine that failure, she is switched to the white group,” Sawyer said. “If she fails there, she has an opportunity to move to the blue group and try again. Every time she fails, she gets a strike.
With headquarters in Billings, MT, R-CALF filed its case with the District Court in Montana, claiming its members are having their First Amendment rights denied because USDA forces the ranchers to pay into the state’s chapter of the checkoff program without having a say in the marketing strategy.
As livestock producers move from winter feed to spring grazing, they should pay extra attention to spring-calving beef cows to make sure their nutritional needs are met, says a beef cattle expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at the Ohio State University (OSU).
Let’s start with managing self-feeders. Just dump the feed in and the calves take care of the rest. Right? Wrong. First, we have to consider whether we want the calves on limited feed intake or “full feed.” If limit feeding is the plan, we usually use roughage or perhaps salt to limit intake to the desired level.
Yet Glanz has already been told his corn crop will face a quality control audit this growing season by Des Moines-based Rain and Hail LLC after Glanz informed his insurance agent that he plans to interseed a cover-crop mix into his standing corn crop this year.
A new online course from Nebraska Extension has been developed for feedlots to teach workers, pen riders and processors safe horse handling and care. This one of a kind online certificate course is available 24/7 to allow cattle operations the flexibility of providing training to their workers as needed.
The tool uses a numeric score, 1 to 9, for evaluating the fleshiness, or body energy reserves, of the beef cow and does not require the gathering and working of cows. Body condition score (BCS) utilizes a score from 1 to 9, with 1 being emaciated and 9 being very obese, with the ideal BCS being 5 to 6.
The 13th round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations was held April 25-29 in New York City. Although a final agreement has not been reached, U.S Assistant Trade Representative Daniel Mullaney and European Commission Lead Negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero expressed optimism that a conclusion to the talks is near.