Archive for August 2016

The Importance of Bunk Management

  Apply these bunk management tips to your feedlot Applying key bunk management practices can save your feedlot from health issues, wasted feed and lost pounds from decreased average daily gain (ADG). “Feed bunk management is the daily opportunity for cattle feeders to influence and ensure top performance and profitability for their cattle,” said Marty…

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Merck Animal Health Releases Update to Beef Market Central™ Mobile App

  MADISON, N.J.  – Aug 24, 2016 – Cattle producers now have three options – Select, Choice or Prime – for staying current on the cattle markets and industry news with the Beef Market Central™ mobile app update. The changes also include an enhanced real-time price index and market information, cattle market ticker and end-of-day…

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Beef Bites

Having company and not sure what to make? These Steak & Chicken cutlets with sun-dried tomato pesto pasta is sure to make everyone happy! Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds chicken cutlets (boneless, skinless, 1/4-inch thick) • 1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak cutlets (1/4-inch thick) • 6 eggs (beaten) • 4 cups Italian breadcrumbs • 2 cup…

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Focus on Health Assurance for the Cow Herd

Northern Plains cow-calf producers soon will begin weaning calves, and those producers are looking for the best way to keep their calf crop healthy. Cow-calf producers can’t buy insurance to protect their cattle, but good livestock stewardship will go a long way toward making sure the animals stay in good health, according to Gerald Stokka,…

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Long-term Grain Storage Requires Good Management

Some grain will be stored for many months or even more than a year due to low grain prices, so maintaining grain quality during extended storage will require extra care and management, according to North Dakota State University’s grain storage expert. “Grain that will be stored for an extended time needs to be good-quality grain,”…

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BeefTalk: Frame Score 3 May Calves Put 1,400 pounds of Beef on the Rail

By: Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist Size discussions are vital within the beef industry because the challenge of surviving is real. Often, those discussions would imply that an absolute answer exists and making the wrong choice would be the demise of the producer’s cattle operation. Wrong. Granted, traditional production of middle-of-the-road cattle and associated marketing paths are the comfortable…

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Breeding soundness exams can prevent a financial wreck at the ranch

By: Blair Fannin COLLEGE STATION — The importance of a breeding soundness exam in herd bulls can prevent costly revenue losses, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Stan Bevers, AgriLife Extension economist in Vernon, shared the data from a large New Mexico ranch recently during the 62nd Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short…

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Add Inoculants to Help Improve Silage Quantity, Quality

Making high-quality silage is about achieving the twin goals of rapid, efficient front-end fermentation and back-end stability during storage and feedout. “It pays to focus on producing silage that is maximized both in terms of quantity and quality,” says Renato Schmidt, Ph.D., Forage Products Specialist, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “Focusing on good silage management practices helps…

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Consider Pros, Cons of Alternative Grain Storage Methods

Grain can be stored in many types of containers, but all storage options should keep the grain dry and provide adequate aeration to control grain temperature, according to North Dakota State University grain drying expert Ken Hellevang. “Grain must be dry and cool (near the average outdoor temperature) when placed in alternative storage facilities because providing adequate, uniform…

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