Archive for March 2014

Controlled burn on pasture grass jump-starts grazing for cow herds

By: Robert Kallenbach COLUMBIA, Mo. – A blackened pasture warms faster on a cold spring day. That starts early grass growth. “Fire is the most underused grass management tool we have,” says Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist.   With the long, cold winter followed by a delayed spring, fire may offer a…

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AgriLife Extension specialist: Producers should look at tax implications of drought

By: Kay Ledbetter AMARILLO – Drought plagued much of the state in 2013, causing property damage and additional livestock liquidations for many Texas agricultural producers. These losses and any unexpected revenue may have implications at tax time, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist said. DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist in Amarillo, said…

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Lameness Worthy of Increased Emphasis as Health Issue in Beef Cattle

Eden Prairie, Minn. (March 20, 2014) – When animal health issues are considered, lameness has gained increased attention in the beef cattle industry in recent years. There are a number of factors driving this shift in emphasis, but tops among the reasons are animal performance, health and well-being, said beef specialists with universities in Nebraska…

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BPI lawsuit moves forward

Despite attempts by ABC to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Beef Products Incorporated (BPI), the lawsuit will move forward. A Union County, South Dakota, judge ruled to allow most of BOIs defamation case to proceed. According to meatingplace.com, the judge did not rule on whether defamation occurred, but did state that on 22 of the…

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Beef Bites

Looking for a crowd pleasing recipe? Check out these Homemade Swedish Meatballs!  Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 onion, diced 1 pound ground beef 1 pound ground pork 1/2 cup Panko* 2 large egg yolks 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste For the…

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Purdue Extension webinar to focus on key March USDA report

By: Jennifer Piotrowski WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Farmers and agribusiness managers who want to understand the implications of the Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on March 31 are invited to participate in a free webinar hosted by the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture.  The webinar, "Implications of…

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EPA and Army Corps Proposal Expands Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corp of Engineers (Corps) proposed an expansion of their federal authority over “waters of the United States.” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is deeply concerned by this vast overreach by the EPA and the Administration. Under this expansion, essentially all waters in…

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BeefTalk: Are Your Cows Ready to Rebreed?

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist   NDSU Extension Service The question of the day: Are the cows ready to breed? For many cattle operations, the calving season got started in mid-March, so it will be in full swing soon. I hope the nutritional plan is in place and the cows are doing fine. Although nutritional…

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