Archive for September 2013

Cattlemen can look to cornfields for low-cost feed

URBANA, Ill. – Despite what appears to be a more bountiful harvest compared to last year, cattle farmers are continuing to experience the pinch of elevated feed costs. Hay prices have remained at record levels, corn co-product feeds have been slow to lower in price, and land values and pasture rents are still elevated, according…

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Zoetis PeopleFirst™ Learning Management Portal expands training

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Sept. 26, 2013 — Dairy and beef cattle operations looking for help training employees can benefit from the newest service offered by PeopleFirst™ Human Capital Solutions from Zoetis. The Learning Management Portal is available online to give producers the tools and curriculum they need to properly train and manage employees, ensuring a safe,…

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Zinpro Corporation Introduces Step-Up™ Management Program

New Locomotion Scoring System Established As Part of Program To Help Identify Lameness in Feedlot Cattle Eden Prairie, Minn. (Sept. 18, 2013) –Zinpro Corporation recently announced the establishment of the Step-Up™ Management Program for the beef cattle industry. Developed by Zinpro Corporation, in conjunction with the Beef Cattle Institute and Kansas State University, the Step-Up Management Program provides a systematic approach…

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Ethanol byproducts still pay their way in feedlot rations

By Lyndee Stabel  Paying the feed bill has cleaned out bank accounts faster than Jesse James in recent years, as high corn prices left cattlemen everywhere looking for the cheapest, most efficient alternatives. Answering that search, Galen Erickson shared research results and insight on distillers grains at the Feeding Quality Forums in Omaha, Neb., and…

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NDSU’s Beef Research Complex Finding Answers

Two years ago, North Dakota State University opened a beef cattle research facility unlike any other at a U.S. university. Since then, NDSU's Beef Cattle Research Complex has helped raise awareness of beef cattle research and education in North Dakota to a national and international level. "North Dakota beef producers are excited about the new…

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In The Cattle Markets

By: Matthew A. Diersen Last week I delivered a risk management presentation for cattle producers interested in livestock insurance. Initially is seemed like an odd time of year to be thinking about falling cattle prices. But after visiting with the audience a little, they were interested in what might happen to prices much later this…

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Harvesting, Drying, Storing Corn Could Be Challenging

Variability in moisture content and maturity will create corn drying and storage challenges this year, a North Dakota State University grain drying expert warns. "There are variations within regions and even within fields due to availability of moisture," Extension Service agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang says. "Many fields have areas that are totally brown but also…

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