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Mistakes that hurt a farm's credit

Farmers and bankers are in the risk business together, and ag producers are on the front lines of risk management every day. FULL STORY »

FDA vetted seven percent of animal antibiotics for superbug risk

Scientists fear the widespread use of antibiotics on the farm may be a factor in the rise of "superbugs" – bacteria that grow resistant to drugs, infect humans and defy conventional medicines. FULL STORY »

Why is 45 day weaning important to feeder calf health?

Most of the “Value-Added” calf sales require that the calves are weaned at least 45 days prior to sale date. Some cow calf producers may wonder why the post-weaning period needs to be so lengthy. FULL STORY »

Corn in great shape as harvest takes off

Four percent of the nation’s corn has been harvested, on-par with 2013’s pace but already behind the five-year average. FULL STORY »

BQA: Pride, quality and security

“We believe beef quality assurance starts at the ranch,” Dr. Mike and Anne Wirtz say. “The cattle go through the feeding period at the feedlots under the same guidelines and on to the packers so consumers can be confident that their beef is safe, healthy and wholesome.” FULL STORY »

Heifer management helps rebuild cow herds to produce quality beef

Rebuilding the U.S. cow herd numbers takes more than keeping female offspring to breed. Managing beef heifers is as important as using improved genetics in developing replacements, says David Patterson, University of Missouri. FULL STORY »

'2,000 Bull Project' targets cattle traits

Breakthroughs in genetic research have made it possible to evaluate and routinely predict growth, calving ease, and other important, easily observable traits within beef cattle breeds. FULL STORY »

Feedlot management: The key to finding and keeping good help

Sense of ownership, community and respect are key elements for feedlot employee retention, says Conquering the Labor, Hiring and Retention Battle panel speakers at the 2014 Feeding Quality Forum in Kearney, Neb. FULL STORY »

Timing and method is everything for dehorning and castration

When it comes to castration and dehorning procedures practiced by beef and dairy producers, timing is crucial to insure animal welfare and effectivness, says the new Cattle Castration and Dehorning Guidelines published by the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. FULL STORY »

Preconditioning adds value to fall calf sales

Cow-calf producers with calves to market in the fall of 2014 are going to have some interesting decisions to make. With calf market prices at all-time highs and feed prices lower than the past three years, are the calves going to be sold at weaning or are they going to be kept until a later date to make additional income? FULL STORY »

Free BQA certification

During the months of September and October, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc, is paying the fee for Beef Producers and Dairy Farmers to get BQA certified. This will allow producers to save the $25 to $50 fee during the open certification period. FULL STORY »

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