• Retained ownership still pays
  • Safety training retains employees
  • Stockers rise above commodity roots

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Peterson Farm Bros: Takin’ Care of Livestock (Takin’ Care of Business Parody)

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Feedlot Focus

Texas grain industry reduces aflatoxin risk

COLLEGE STATION – Grain industry representatives are touting the effectiveness of the One Sample Strategy, a standardized testing method for aflatoxin. The program is administered by the Office of the Texas State Chemist, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research. The program has received support from a number of grain groups who are backing the program. Previously, grain elevators had no uniform method ...
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Springtime Mud Impact and Management

By: Russ Euken, Iowa State University Extension

Earth surface feedlots and springtime in Iowa typically don’t go well together. When temperatures start to warm above freezing and ground begins to thaw, any additional moisture can create mud issues. Of course spring is not the only time mud can be an issue. Any time we have excess moisture from rain and snow, ...
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Independent, Third-Party Feedlot Audits – The Wave of the Future?

By: Jennifer Garreau

A growing number of beef consumers are looking for something more than just flavor and value, they want to know that the beef they are feeding their children is safe, wholesome and humanely raised. In order to meet consumer demands RobEirich, University of Nebraska Extension Educator and Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance(BQA) Director believes processors, feedlots and producers should be ...
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Stocker Special

When May hay won’t dry, wrap it up to make baleage

COLUMBIA, Mo. – “I’m seeing more baleage being made than ever before,” says Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. May is the best month for making high-quality forage. Also, May is the wettest month of the year in most parts of Missouri. “Making dry hay gets difficult,” Kallenbach says. The answer is wrapping a high-moisture bale of hay in plastic. High-moisture ...
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Consider Early Grazing Alternatives

Ranchers should not rush to turn livestock out on pasture in the spring, North Dakota State University livestock and rangeland experts say. “With the dry conditions this spring, forage production will be lower than average,” rangeland management specialist Kevin Sedivec cautions. “Early spring grazing, especially under dry conditions, can be costly in terms of total forage production during the entire grazing season. Grazing before native ...
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Cow / Calf Corner

Another look at fall versus spring calving

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

As cow herd managers monitor the pasture conditions this spring and make decisions about rebuilding a depleted cow herd, some may wish to rethink the time of year that breeding and calving take place.  New data from Tennessee on a fescue-based forage system gives us more information about the direct comparison ...
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Thin Cows? A Pre-breeding Nutritional Push Helps

By: Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist

Spring was mellow this year. There was some cold weather, but more dry than wet weather, which was good for calving. Calf losses should be minimal, while keeping in mind that a 4 percent calf death rate is not abnormal. Even when the weather is good, the calving season has some good and bad days. Not all of the calves ...
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Industry News

Understanding wet hay

By: Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

After several years of drought, rain in Oklahoma is allowing cool season forages to grow in abundance.  Harvesting and baling cool season crops such ...
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More lessons in beef demand

By: Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist

Choice retail beef prices jumped over 9 cents per pound in April to a new record level at $640.2 cents per pound, up ...
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Company News

ADM Alliance Nutrition® introduces Cellarator® Turbo Drench

Cellarator-Turbo-Drench_w Gun_0115_largeADM Alliance Nutrition® introduces Cellarator® Turbo Drench which helps lessen the effects of stress, supports performance and deters dehydration. This fast acting, oral ...
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Bird B Gone Now Offers Solutions for Grain Storage and Manufacturing Facilities

Bird B Gone, the leader in bird-control products for commercial, industrial and residential applications now offers a complete line of bird control solutions for today’s grain storage and manufacturing facilities. Pest birds create ...
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AgriLabs® Announces VetGun™ Customer Satisfaction Survey Results

ST. JOSEPH, Mo., May 18, 2015 — AgriLabs® announced the results of its first VetGun™ customer satisfaction survey aimed at measuring its customers’ experiences with and perceptions of VetGun™, an innovative delivery system ...
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Marketing & Management

Purdue specialist lists guidelines for buying used farm machinery

By: Emma Hopkins

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Prices for used farm machinery have been trending lower in the past year due to a surplus of inventory at dealerships, but buying used may not always be the best option, a Purdue University expert says. Robert Stwalley, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering, urges farmers thinking of buying ...
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Beef News

Beef Bites

Ready to lighten up the menu? Here is a tasty recipe for Chimichurri Steak Wraps, give them a try! Chimichurri Steak Wrap Ingredients 12 ounces grilled beef steak, cut into slices 3 cups fresh baby spinach 1/2 large red bell pepper, cut into thin strips 4 medium whole wheat tortillas (8 to 10-inch ...
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