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Industry News

Controlling flies

published: June 27th 2019 by: Travis Meteer source: University of Illinois Extension

The wet spring has certainly provided favorable breeding conditions for flies. As we progress into the summer it is evident that fly pressure is and will be heavy. Although all flies do pose risk of irritation and thus lost dollars to beef producers, it is important to know there are four main types of flies that bother cattle: Stable fly, Horn fly, Face fly, and Horse fly....

Feed & Nutrition

Feeding moldy hay presents problems

published: June 26th 2019 source: Oklahoma State Extension

With the abundance of rain Oklahoma has received over the last several weeks, farmers and ranchers around the state are likely dealing with moldy hay and spoiled feed. Moldy or spoiled feed can present a health risk for a multitude of species, said Kris Hiney, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension equine specialist....

Industry News

Winter feeding program for beef cattle producers in Overton Aug. 16

published: June 25th 2019 by: Adam Russell source: Texas AgriLife Today

  OVERTON – A program on the reduction of winter feeding by stockpiling warm-season forage and/or planting cool-season pastures is scheduled for Aug. 16 in Overton. The event is from 9:30 a....

Industry News

Demonstrations to be featured at Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

published: June 24th 2019 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

  COLLEGE STATION – Fence building, brush control, live cattle handling and a carcass fabrication demonstration will be featured at the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug....

Herd Health

Cattle and bruising

published: June 21st 2019 by: Steve Boyles source: The Ohio State University Extension

Cattle bruising is an animal well-being concern as well a loss in economic value. When loaded, 60% of cattle are in the middle portion of a trailer, 30% in the rear compartments and 10% in the nose. Cattle rarely change position while a trailer is in motion, and the cattle typically position themselves at right angles to the direction of travel to try to compensate for the trailer movement and focus energies on keeping their balance....

Breed News

AHA provides Hereford breeders with a comprehensive educational experience

published: June 20th 2019 source: American Hereford Association

More than 200 Hereford enthusiasts traveled to Kansas City, Mo., June 3-4, for two days jam-packed with sessions featuring some of the best marketers in the business. With presentations from professionals representing all sectors of the cattle industry, attendees at “The Brand” Marketing Summit gleaned insight on using traditional and digital platforms to better market their programs and to be advocates for the Hereford breed and the beef industry....

Industry News

April Beef and Pork Exports below 2018 levels; Lamb still trending higher

published: June 19th 2019 source: USMEF

  April exports of U.S. beef and pork were lower than a year ago while U.S. lamb exports continued their upward trend, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)....

Industry News

Food labels can be deceiving

published: June 18th 2019 by: Todd Carroll source: Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science

While many consumers today are showing more interest on where their food comes from there are some marketing efforts being made that sometime muddies the water a bit rather than making things more clear....

Pastures & Forages

Research shows late-planted sorghum, other crops good alternatives to failed cotton

published: June 17th 2019 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

AMARILLO – The window for planting cotton may have been closed by too much rain, but a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist said past trials show producers could still benefit from all the moisture with dryland grain sorghum or corn or other alternative crops....

Industry News

AgriLife Extension 2019 alternative crop replanting guide now available online

published: June 14th 2019 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

LUBBOCK — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s 17th annual late-planting guide, “2019 Alternative Crop Options after Failed Cotton and Late-Season Crop Planting for the Texas South Plains,” is now available online at https://tinyurl....

Industry News

TDA issues statement on industrial hemp legislation

published: June 13th 2019 source: Texas Department of Agriculture

“As Commissioner of Agriculture for the great state of Texas, I am excited that we have taken one more step towards giving producers in Texas the opportunity to grow hemp,” said Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller....

Industry News

Santa Rosa Ranch to sell largest Brangus/Ultrablack Cattle Operation in the U.S.

published: June 12th 2019 source: Santa Rosa Ranch

CROCKETT, TX------ Santa Rosa Ranch, the largest registered Brangus/Ultrablack cattle producer in the United States, has announced the plan to market and sell one of the most unique cattle operations in the country....

Industry News

What to expect in the New Disaster Aid Package

published: June 11th 2019 source: American Farm Bureau

American producers have been hit hard in the past few years by hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, typhoons, volcanic activity, snowstorms and wildfires. Farmers and ranchers in the South are still recovering from Hurricanes Michael and Florence, while producers in the Midwest are reeling from unprecedented flooding this spring....

Industry News

McCulloch County Ag Production Workshop set June 19

published: June 10th 2019 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

  BRADY — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is partnering with the McCulloch County Texas Farm Bureau to present the McCulloch County Ag Production Workshop June 19 at the Heart of Texas Events Center at 804 San Angelo Highway in Brady....

Production

Bruising in cattle

published: June 7th 2019 by: Steve Boyles source: The Ohio State University Extension

Cattle bruising is an animal well-being concern as well a loss in economic value. When loaded, 60% of cattle are in the middle portion of a trailer, 30% in the rear compartments and 10% in the nose. Cattle rarely change position while a trailer is in motion, and the cattle typically position themselves at right angles to the direction of travel to try to compensate for the trailer movement and focus energies on keeping their balance....

Reproduction

Enhancing cow fertility

published: June 5th 2019 by: Courtnie Carter source: University of Tennessee

The secret to enhancing fertility in your cow herd is not a new or ground-breaking technology, and it is not difficult to implement. It really is not a secret at all, but it does take commitment to a process, minimal investments of time and labor, and a willingness to potentially take an economic loss now in order to minimize more substantial losses in the future....

Production

Not all cows are equal – some eat more

published: June 4th 2019 by: Jack Arterburn source: Nebraska Extension

On most ranches, average cow size has increased significantly over the last three decades as a result of genetic selection. These changes do not come without consequences to forage intake. If the per-head counting method has been used to plan and track grazing, stocking rates may have unknowingly increase over time caused by increased forage intake of larger cows....

Industry News

June 6 webinar to address livestock marketing trends

published: June 3rd 2019 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

  COLLEGE STATION – Livestock Marketing Trends is the title of the June 6 natural resources webinar hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit....

Pastures & Forages

AgriLife Expert: Lower feed bills by stockpiling, planting small grains crops

published: May 30th 2019 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

  FRANKLIN — Stockpiling forages and feeding small grains crops year-round can help cattle producers offset the higher costs of hay.  Texas thistle was one of the weeds identified on a walking tour at the Butler Forage Field Day held at Camp Cooley Ranch near Franklin....

Industry News

Stiles Farm Field Day June 18 will feature soil health strategies

published: May 29th 2019 source: Texas AgriLife Today

THRALL – The Stiles Farm Field Day set for June 18 will feature presentations on soil health, fertilization and weed control strategies. The field day is hosted by the Stiles Farm Foundation and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service....

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