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New initiative aims to provide year-round grazing system

During the spring and summer months, cattle graze on a sea of open pastures across the prairie, then in the fall fields begin to go dormant and ranchers typically substitute hay in place of grazing. This can be a pricey endeavor, but this has been the tried-and-true process used for decades. FULL STORY »

Linking agricultural land to use values and amenities

Given the recent decline in commodity prices and expectations of lower farm income levels, there is a growing concern that current conditions signal an eminent decline in agricultural land values. FULL STORY »

Feeding distillers grains on the ground or in a bunk Play video

In recent months distillers grain price has declined while beef cattle prices have reached historic highs. FULL STORY »

Profit strategies: Increasing the cow herd

There are a number of ways to increase the cow herd, some of which include saving heifers from your calf crop, buying young open heifers, buying bred heifers, buying young bred cows, buying pairs and, lastly, buying open cows. FULL STORY »

Manure isn’t going anywhere, but maybe its odor can

There are two types of people: Those who crinkle their nose at the smell of cattle manure and those who acknowledge it slightly, simply stating, “Smells like money.” Two very different reactions spurred by three main compounds that make up two-thirds of manure odors, says USDA and ARS scientists. FULL STORY »

Angus VNR: Cow nutrition impacts future offspring Play video

NDSU associate professor, Kim Vonnahme, leads research on nutritional impacts on fetal and placental growth. She discusses fetal programming, cow nutrition and the long-term effects of proper nutrition during gestation. FULL STORY »

Prepare now for post-harvest drying Play video

The nearly ideal weather that has been credited with helping produce an expected record corn crop in Indiana also is yielding concerns that some of the grain will be harvested wetter than normal and require more artificial drying for storage. FULL STORY »

Sorting cows for more efficient winter supplemental feeding

First calf heifers have historically been the toughest females on the ranch to get rebred. They are being asked to continue to grow, produce milk, repair the reproductive tract, and have enough stored body energy (fat) to return to heat cycles in a short time frame. FULL STORY »

Not so fast on plans to import beef from Brazil, Argentina

Twice in the last twelve months the U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed rules to import beef from specific regions of South American countries. And twice in the last twelve months agricultural organizations and lawmakers have met the agency head on and said “not so fast” in moving forward with the proposals due to potential risk of introducing foot and mouth disease (FMD) into the United States. FULL STORY »

Beef pricing worksheet for producers considering direct marketing

Have you ever been asked by one of your customers how much a freezer full of beef will cost? Do you struggle to convert the live animal value to a carcass based price? FULL STORY »

Moldy corn and corn silages Q&A

We have been starting to receive some reports of corn having some mold and along with some stalk rot in certain areas. It might be helpful then to answer some common asked questions. FULL STORY »

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