Archive for November 2013

BeefTalk: How Well Did the Bulls Do?

By: Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist The life of a bull is not simple because, for the most part, his life is somewhat confrontational. The other day while reviewing the bulls, two of the bulls still were sparring for dominance. They have been out of the pasture for almost two months, but they still seem to find…

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Putting Beef Sustainability Into Context

By: Katie Allen November 25, 2013 MANHATTAN, Kan. – In grocery stores across the United States, many favorite national and local brands of foods, particularly meats, might also bear labels that include “grass-fed,” “organic,” and “hormone-free.” With the varied products available, consumers undoubtedly have many food options to accommodate their preference and diet. Jude Capper,…

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Fewer Cattle on Feed Will Reduce Beef Production

By: Tim Petry – Livestock Economist, North Dakota State University Extension Service November 25, 2013 USDA-NASS released the monthly Cattle on Feed report on November 22. The number of cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 10.607 million head on Nov.…

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UF/IFAS news release re: NIFA Partnership Award

By: Tom Nordlie November, 21st, 2013 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A multistate beef cattle Extension team that includes the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has garnered a national award for its efforts to help ranchers boost calving rates and strengthen U.S. beef production. This week, the Beef Reproduction Task Force was named one…

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Hurt: Expanding livestock production could add value to corn

By: Jennifer Stewart November 21, 2013 WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – An expanding livestock production sector could add value to corn in coming months – welcome news for growers who saw corn and soybean prices fall in the wake of an EPA-proposed decrease in the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says. The bad…

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Weibert Honored as 2013 K-State Animal Sciences & Industry Distinguished Alumnus

By: Kaitlin Morgan MANHATTAN, Kan. – Warren Weibert, a 1969 graduate of Kansas State, was honored on Nov. 15 as the recipient of the 2013 K-State Animal Sciences & Industry Distinguished Alumnus Award.   The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given to an outstanding Kansas State University Animal Sciences & Industry alumnus each year. These award winners…

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Tips To Minimize Storage Loss in Large Round Bales

By: Steve Watson GARDEN CITY, KAN. – With the high price of hay in recent years, producers should do everything they can to protect their investment. One thing producers should look at in particular is their method of storing large round bales, said Doo-Hong Min, K-State Research and Extension crops and soils specialist.  Large round bales…

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Question: Are corn prices on a new higher plateau?

By: Daryll E. Ray & Harwood D. Schaffer, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN Looking at the November 8, 2013 “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates” (WASDE)http://tinyurl.com/5ftcx3 numbers for corn, we wonder if the next couple of years might provide a test of the “new plateau” hypothesis. According to the new plateau…

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Prepare for a Successful Spring Calving Season

By: Dave Sparks, DVM Someone once said “that Success occurs when Opportunity meets with Preparation”.  Planning and preparing ahead for next spring’s calving season can help increase the chances of success.  There are several key preparation steps that would be good to conduct in November or December to insure success in February, March, and April. Equipment: …

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