Archive for 2015

Beef Bites

Sometimes the slow cooker is the way to go, easy & hassle free! Put this recipe for Slow Cooker Brisket on the menu this weekend!  Ingredients: 1 first cut beef brisket (about 3-3 1/3 pounds) 1 package onion soup mix 8 ounces button mushrooms 6 cloves garlic (whole) 2 large carrots (peeled and cut into…

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Beef Bites

Always wanted to change up the menu, here’s a tasty treat to try: Midnight Chile Beef & Sweet Potato Enchiladas!  Ingredients: 2 large sweet potatoes 2 tablespoons canola oil 2 poblano peppers (stems and seeds removed, 1/2-inch dice) 1 1/2 pounds ground beef 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1-2 tablespoons chipotle in adobo puree (preferred level…

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Why Do Whole Pond Seepage Tests Cost So Much?

The original Whole Pond Seepage Test (WPT) was developed at Kansas State University nearly 20 years ago and was a real step forward in rapid, accurate lagoon seepage testing. It’s advantages include rapid results that represent the liner underlying the entire water surface of the pond. Prior methods typically involved intrusive and often difficult sampling…

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Winterize Your Operation

By: Heather Smith Thomas In northern climates winter is a big deal. Neither your cow herd nor machinery should go into it unprepared. For cattle, make sure they head into winter with extra body fat. They need reserves of energy—a good store of back fat–to draw on to help maintain body heat on cold days.…

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Focus on Cattle Health

By: Kay Ledbetter Stocker cattle health has always been a challenge, but the challenge has increased over the years and producers may need to beef up their management plans, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “We have some of the best vaccines and technology available to us, but the mortality number has…

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Supplementing Winter Wheat Pastures – Whats Needed and What Isn’t

By: Terri Queck Matzie Grazing stocker cattle on winter wheat during the fall and winter months can provide cost-effective gains. Wheat pasture is succulent, palatable and nutritious – high in protein, energy and minerals. “There are few feeding options in the southwestern United States that come anywhere near wheat pasture for stocker gains,” says ADM…

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Get It In Writing: Terms of a Bull Lease

By: Cari Rincker, Ricker Law, PLLC Leasing a bull definitely has its advantages, however both sides of the lease must be careful that all legalities, terms and conditions of the lease are spelled out to protect both parties. A bull is an expensive and important investment for both parties. Here are a few tips on…

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Feedyard Accidents and the Risks to Your Bottom Line

By: Don Tyler Let’s face it. Common sense isn’t so common anymore. We used to hire kids off the farm who would clock in on day one already knowing how to run equipment, work cattle and stay out of the way when things got dicey. Now, we have to teach them everything under the sun…

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Strong U.S. Dollar Leads to Bearish Markets

By: Miranda Reiman & Jill J. Dunkel If you don’t believe the global factors affecting the U.S. cattle market are numerous and complicated, you probably haven’t heard Dan Basse, president of Ag Resource Company, give an economic outlook. His vision of the global marketplace offered an interesting – and bearish perspective – for agriculture. Basse…

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Theories on Risk Management

By: Jill J. Dunkel Managing risk is more than looking into your crystal ball for feeder cattle and grain prices. There are many factors to consider and more than one way to do it. However without a risk management strategy, a venture into cattle feeding will likely be a brief one. Volatility has become the…

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