Archive for March 2011

Short duration grazing

By: Heather Smith Thomas Rotational short-duration (management-intensive) grazing is a good way to increase cattle performance and improve pasture health and productivity. The length of intervals — hours, days or weeks — before cattle are moved to the next paddock, pasture or strip will depend on constraints of the land base (size, type of pastures…

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The year of the yearling

By: Dillon Feuz With the price of corn in Omaha, Neb., now over $6 per bushel and futures market projections showing it may stay there for some time, and with feedlot total cost per pound of gain over $1.00 per pound of gain there are new incentives to try and add weight to calves outside…

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The Tag Store

The American Angus Association’s Tag Store, available at www.customcattletags.com, offers everything from standard ear tags to customizable and electronic ID options. The American Angus Association® web site also offers some of the industry’s most extensive custom-printing options available. “The Tag Store was launched to provide producers with the opportunity to purchase high-quality, custom-printed cattle ear…

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Kuhn AccuSpread

Kuhn North America, Inc., introduces the new AccuSpread® spinner discharge for PSC Series ProSpread® commercial apron box spreaders. This option gives operators the ability to spread at low rates with the most accurate material placement of any spreader in its class. The AccuSpread spinner discharge provides the widest and most uniform spread pattern with its…

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Four ways to marry implants and carcass quality goals

By: Miranda Reiman 1. Delay implanting until full feed “It’s almost become standard operating procedure around here,” says Robbi Pritchard, of South Dakota State University (SDSU). His team divided 650-pound steers into non-implanted, estradiol-trenbolone acetate (TBA) implant at the start or TBA implant at 850 lb. Implanting increased hot carcass weight under both strategies, but…

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GBA Architects & Engineers

Financial incentives have the potential to put “distributed wind,” also called “behind-the-meter wind,” on the map, but individual businesses, industry, and agribusiness must act now to take advantage of a 100 percent first-year bonus depreciation available this year only. GBA Architects and Engineers’ Energy Studio helps guide organizations from start-up through installation of their wind…

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Massey Ferguson MF1526

Massey Ferguson® introduces the MF1526 compact tractor, the latest addition to the ever-popular Massey Ferguson 1500 Series compact tractor line. The MF1526 delivers the type of performance and versatility needed for chores around the farm. With 25 engine horsepower, a three-range hydrostatic transmission and improved ergonomics for more operator comfort and convenience, it’s a tractor…

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Whats the future of farmer feeders

By: James I. Sprague Farmer cattle feeders have been a long time source of high quality finished cattle. The proportion of cattle fed by this segment of the beef industry has steadily declined compared to the number fed by medium and large commercial feedyards.The ethanol industry has somewhat slowed this trend by supplying the high…

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Bovatec 2.2

New Bovatec® 2.2 from Alpharma delivers ionophore supplementation in a convenient block form. The 44-pound block contains 2.2 grams of lasalocid sodium per pound to help increase weight gain in pasture cattle (slaughter, stocker and feeder cattle, as well as dairy and beef replacement heifers). Bovatec 2.2 complements most non-medicated supplement programs.

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Feeder cattle supplies continue to dwindle

By: Derrell S. Peel The latest USDA Cattle on Feed report confirmed that feedlots continue to build feedlot inventories. The February 1 on-feed total was 11.514 million head, 106 percent of year earlier levels. However, it should be noted that this is compared to a small February number last year. In fact, the current February…

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