by Alisa Raty Over the past few years, the use of methane digesters has grown in agriculture, although few have taken advantage of it. According to the USDA’s 2009 On-Farm Renewable Energy Production Survey (OREPS), out of the 8,569 farms that produce renewable energy in the United States, 121 reported owning and operating 141 methane…Read More
University of Illinois Extension and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) will host a “Ventilation and Air Quality for Livestock Systems Field Day” on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. The field day runs from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and will take place at the Agricultural Engineering Farm, located south of the U of…Read More
URBANA, IL –This year's drought has brought numerous challenges to cattlemen. Shortages of grass and water forced cow culling and sent many calves to the sale barn earlier than planned. The most recent challenge cattlemen are facing is high feed costs combined with the possibility of aflatoxin in the corn crop. "It is a common…Read More
Cattle feeders don’t like $7 or $8 corn, but they know what to do at those higher prices. Most of them feed cattle longer to heavier weights and sort them to market on a grid. Maybe not all cattle feeders see it that way, but in the big picture, that’s what is happening, says Shawn…Read More
Condensed by Steve Boyles, OSU Beef Extension Specialist Pre-arrival management practices can help reduce death loss and cattle sickness in feedlots. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) conducted the Feedlot 2011 study, an in-depth look at large feedlots (1,000 head or more capacity) in 12 States. Large feedlots accounted for…Read More
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