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Jul 15, 2011
Cow production inputs started to skyrocket, explains Theeck, the veteran central Texas cowman. Thats when I realized to survive in the cattle business, I had to learn to do it with one cow to 10 acres with very little supplement or hay, as opposed to one cow to two or three acres as I was doing before.
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Jul 15, 2011
Feeding corn stalks, corn hay or corn silage to the herd this year could be akin to poisoning your cows. Given extreme drought conditions across much of cattle country, dryland corn crops are more likely to have high levels of nitrates this year. And the first sign of nitrate poisoning is usually dead cattle.
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Jul 8, 2011
Gary Hill found out the importance of soil testing the hard way. The University of Georgia animal scientist works with Tifton 85 bermudagrass at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, as well as on his own cattle operation. He started noticing stand losses in the highly productive forage.
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Jul 8, 2011
The small-scale effort has large aims, according to one of the project leaders. Associate Professor Dan Buskirk said in addition to verifying whether the beef came from a local source, shoppers eventually could use a smart phone or kiosk to find out if it came from grass-fed, grain-fed or hormone-free cattle.
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Jul 1, 2011
The St. Louis, MO-company reported last Wednesday its net income rose to $680 million, or $1.26 per share, for the quarter ended May 31, compared with $384 million, or 70 cents a share, a year ago. It says revenue increased 21 percent to $3.59 billion..
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Jul 1, 2011
Kay Richardson generally culls his cows at fall weaning. But they best be looking sharp year-round because for this producer, culling never ends.
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Jul 1, 2011
Take 90 F, add in about 98 percent humidity, and when you start to feel like youre wading through the day, you begin to see what cattlemen like Darrel Haynes deal with all summer long.
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Jun 24, 2011
Southeast producers are realizing they need to move their calves to save the cows. In some places, cattlemen are down to little or no forage at all and other feed sources are all in short supply. That report, from John Moseley Jr., marks a shift in the mindset of southeast cattlemen this year and another turning point for the market.
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Jun 24, 2011
A complex combination of factors seems to bring on the condition. �The incidence of grass tetany is usually highest in the early spring,� says Lemenager. �Grass is lush, vegetative and has a high moisture and fatty acid content. Forages are usually low in magnesium and the soil is high in potassium and nitrogen.
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Jun 17, 2011
More than half of the nations cow herd is struggling to survive through a drought that continues to spread across the southern Plains, and now the Southeast. Its a situation thats left many producers, especially those in Texas and New Mexico, looking for ways to hang on until its time for fall rains to set in.
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Jun 17, 2011
Arizona sits at the crossroads of two vital issues for two different sectors of agriculture: Produce growers need immigration reform to stay competitive, while ranchers need tighter border security to feel safe.
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Jun 3, 2011
With May fed cattle supplies hitting highs not seen since 2007, and beef in storage marking a 10-year peak, there are some serious questions in the cattle industry concerning where prices are headed going into the fall. The general consensus on selling feeder cattle: Wait, if you can.
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Jun 3, 2011
In a signal of the growing unpopularity of farm programs, the House Appropriations Committee last Tuesday approved amendments to the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill to impose stricter income limits on farmers who get commodity payments.
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Jun 3, 2011
Terry Slusher of Floyd, VA, received a wake-up call several years ago. Slusher sent five steers to a feedlot as part of a commingled truckload in an Extension demonstration project. The Blue Ridge Mountain cattleman expected his calves to be top performers.
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May 27, 2011
Rich Porter thrives on ugly cattle. His order buyers in Georgia and Kentucky sit on their hands as their counterparts compete to outbid each other for the sleek, preconditioned calves that bring top dollar. Then Porters buyers scoop up the scrawny, malnourished and mismanaged bull calves that appear to have more value than they cost.
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May 27, 2011
In response, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has encouraged USDA to release Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands for emergency haying and grazing. There are about 20 million acres enrolled in conservation practices that are eligible for emergency haying or grazing.
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May 20, 2011
Despite demands to cut farm programs, the chairs of Senate and House agriculture committees say recent natural disasters around the country show the need for continuing strong support for farmers in the 2012 farm bill.
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