Month: February 2015

Dairy Focus: Managing Feed Refusals

To ensure constant feed availability and account for feed refusal or weigh back, you must deliver more feed to a pen of dairy cows than those cows will consume. Common recommendations in dairy circles indicate producers should expect 2 to 5 percent feed refusal or weigh back. Efficiency in feed bunk management suggests the lower […]

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Agriculture Act of 2014: Who Makes What Decisions?

One question on producer’s minds with regards to the Agriculture Act of 2014 is who makes the decisions. The decision to update yields and base acres1 lies with the owner2 of the property. Once the owner updates yields and base acres it is time for the current producer3 to make a one-time election decision. The […]

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Commercial Beef Production Benchmarks for 2014

What is beef production? That question often is asked, and the answers are very varied because of a very diversified beef industry that encompasses vast amounts of space. The saying that “one size fits all” is not pertinent to the beef industry. However, there are valid answers that define beef production within similar production environments. […]

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Livestock Care in Sub-zero Temperatures

As we sit in our warm houses and look out the window at the bleak, cold, wintery landscape, don’t forget about our livestock that live out of doors. This brutal February weather appears to have no end in sight. With each degree drop in temperature below freezing, their energy requirements increase by 1 percent. Since […]

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Time to Replace Toxic Fescue, When Beef Prices Are Good

Good beef prices give herd owners a chance to upgrade pastures to remove toxic fescue. “Replant pastures when prices rise or you will be stuck with bad grass when prices drop,” says Craig Roberts. “Beef profits give a window that is not guaranteed to last,” says the University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. Farmers sticking […]

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