Archive for December 2012

Cattle Feeding and Marketing in Drought Conditions Program

The K-State Research and Extension Shawnee County office is teaming up with Landmark National Bank to host a workshop, “Cattle Feeding and Marketing in Drought Conditions” on Jan. 15, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. The workshop, to be held at the Auburn Civic Center, 1020 North Washington in Auburn, Kan., will begin with a…

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Feeding for cold weather

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist   The major effect of cold on nutrient requirement of cows is increased need for energy. To determine magnitude of cold, lower critical temperature for beef cows must first be estimated. For cows with a dry winter hair coat the lower critical temperature is considered to be 32…

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Can we rebuild the cow herd? Part 3

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist   Previous articles (Parts 1 and 2) have discussed several challenges and opportunities related to the how and where of rebuilding the U.S. cattle herd.  This article discusses the most important asset of the U.S. beef cattle industry…the “who” of herd rebuilding.  It is people…the…

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Protein supplementation using urea

Urea is not protein, but for the ruminant (cattle, sheep, deer, goats) it does have the potential equivalent of 281% crude protein under certain circumstances. The items to consider bringing this about deal with the animal’s age, the quantity of fermentable carbohydrates provided in the animal’s diet and the other forms of protein in the…

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Feedlot Forum 2013 focuses on “new” issues and information

The Feedlot Forum 2013 focuses on all things new, beginning with a new location. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Beth Doran said the forum will be held on January 22 at the Terrace View Event Center just south of Sioux Center off Highway 75 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. “There…

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Webinar for ranch advisors to focus on drought planning

A spring webinar series will provide drought planning techniques and technologies to advisors seeking to help Great Plains ranchers manage through drought. The webinars are scheduled from January through May 2013, on the last Wednesday of each month. What happens from January through May will be really critical," said Lynn Myers, a Sandhills rancher who…

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Environment, body impact size winter calf nutrition

The care for dairy cattle needs to change in the winter to meet the animals' higher maintenance requirements. "Calves are particularly susceptible to cold stress, especially during the first three to four weeks of age before they begin consuming measurable quantities of calf-starter grain," says J.W. Schroeder, North Dakota State University Extension Service dairy specialist.…

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2013 grain prices will be dictated by weather

Grain prices for 2013 will hinge on favorable weather patterns following the devastating 2012 drought in the Midwest, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. “It’s all about the weather,” said Dr. Mark Welch, grains marketing economist. “You’ve got higher prices, and the yield potential is greater if they can get rain.” Texas…

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Snow Can Provide Benefits to Wheat Crop

Much-anticipated snow this winter will bring many benefits to the struggling wheat crop, said Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist. In many ways, snow will be even more beneficial than rain. The benefits he outlined include: * Moisture. Obviously, snow brings much-needed moisture to wheat fields. The general rule is 10 inches…

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