By Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University Extension
Warning: Critical statements exist in this article, so you may not want to read it. However, you should at least take home the point that acquiring good bulls through knowledgeable and informed bull selection is critical to the survival of the beef business.
Beef, dairy and pork producers can find some positive trends in the USDA’s latest Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook report, released Nov. 17. Beef and cattle prices continue to move higher, the October all-milk price fell just short of the record set in September, and hog prices are high due to tight supplies.
Working long hours without an adequate amount of sleep is just one example of how farmers can increase their risk of injury during harvest, a safety expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences said.
By Ron Plain and Scott Brown University of Missouri
The November WASDE increased by 0.4% USDA's forecast of 2014 beef production, but lowered their forecast of next year's production by 0.5%. They now predict 2014 beef production will be down 4.9% from last year and next year's beef production will be 3.2% lower than this year.
By Hugh Aljoe and Mike Trammell, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
In the early 1950s, the Noble Foundation established its forage breeding program, specifically developing improved cultivars for four small grains species: rye, wheat, oat and triticale (a rye/wheat hybrid). Through the generations, the program has developed historic new cultivars, such as Elbon, Oklon and Maton rye varieties, that have enhanced agricultural production. Today, the Noble Foundation's small grains breeding program is the longest running breeding program in the Foundation's history.