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Browse our wealth of news and information for advice and tips on topics ranging from baby calf health to pasture and rangeland.

Advice and Tips

Travel planning

When transporting cattle, especially over long distances, a long list of things can go wrong. By planning for contingencies, though, and developing a set of standard operating procedures (SOPs), cattle haulers can avoid many of those problems and minimize losses when problems do occur.

Ag Policy

EPA proposes RFS targets

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, May 29, proposed what the agency called an “ambitious yet responsible” plan for volume requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and for biomass-based diesel for 2017.

Cow/Calf Producer

Increasing income from calves sold at your local livestock market

While cattle producers have always worked hard to minimize input costs of their operation, there are also management practices that can increase the income from calves sold at your local livestock market. The weight and quality of calves can make a significant difference in the price buyers are willing to pay for your calves. There are several factors that affect the value of a calf: age, nutrition, management, and genetics. Since the genetics of calves is influenced by the quality of the parents, this article will focus on tips for managing calves currently on the ranch.

Industry

BeefTalk: Cow size and success in the beef business

What do you do with a group of 98 heifers in which 5 percent have a frame score of 1 and 2, 11 percent have a frame score of 3, 21 percent have a frame score of 4, 28 percent have a frame score of 5, 27 percent have a frame score of 6 and 8 percent have a frame score of 7 and 8?

Cow/Calf Producer

How to avoid the summer pasture slump

The sight of fresh, green pastures as the summer months approach can be a welcome sight for many cattle producers, especially after feeding costly forages throughout the winter. But just as quickly as that green grass comes, the pasture quality can diminish leaving both pasture and cows’ nutrient deficient.

Video

Storing hay with a plan

We are currently in the midst of first-cutting hay season in Ohio. The weather has been reasonably cooperative to allow timely harvest of forages so far this season. Reports of yields to this point have been mixed with several individuals that I have spoken with indicating that tonnage may be down slightly from last year due to freezing temperatures late in April and below average rainfall in May. An earlier harvest season in 2015 may have also impacted yields but should also allow for improved quality.

Industry

OIE cuts six European countries' BSE risk level

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday it had lowered to the safest level the official risk of six countries for mad cow disease, a move expected to open international market access for their beef exports.

Ag Policy

EPA finalizes WOTUS rule, GOP pledges to continue efforts to stop the rule

The Obama administration, on Tuesday, May 27, finalized its controversial proposal to redefine the features that fall under jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. While the administration asserts the intent of the rule is to clear up confusion regarding its jurisdiction over certain streams, wetlands, ponds, and other land and water bodies, opponents of the rule remain unconvinced.

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