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Using ultrasound to market and manage cows and heifers

The use of ultrasound in the beef industry is growing but the question remains, “How can it create more dollars in my pocket?” Traditionally open heifers and cows are sold after weaning when cull prices are at the seasonal low. FULL STORY »

Balancing Rations: The economics of hay quality

The reason we put up hay is to feed livestock. When we feed animals we are not just feeding "feed." We are supplying nutrients needed for the animal to grow, renew body components, form products such as milk and wool, and furnish energy for all of the processes involved. FULL STORY »

BeefTalk: Yes, the Shorthorns have new EPDs

Summer is an off time to discuss bull data. However, the American Shorthorn Association’s e-newsletter arrived last week with some good, no great news. FULL STORY »

Technology makes sidedressing crops with manure easier

The late, wet spring that occurred across Central Michigan forced many farmers to reprioritize their normal spring schedule and condense field activities into as few days as possible. FULL STORY »

Fall seeding alfalfa

For the most part late summer seeding can be an excellent time to establish alfalfa which will lead to productive stands the next growing season. The decision of whether to proceed with a late summer alfalfa seeding depends on the need for good quality forage the next spring, temperature, and available soil moisture. FULL STORY »

Livestock Disaster Assistance Program enrollment due by Oct. 1

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. FULL STORY »

Making every pound count Play video

Every pound of gain can have a significant impact on return, having producers looking for the best way to maximize their profits. FULL STORY »

Reducing the risk of calf scours (Part 2)

Looking at methods of increasing the immune status of the baby calf so that when the calf comes in contact with the pathogens, he will have a much better chance of fending off the disease entity. FULL STORY »

Beef investments have high payouts Play video

A 2014 study shows the beef checkoff returns $11.20 for every dollar invested by beef producers and importers. Dr. Harry Kaiser and beef producers talk about the study results and what it means for the effort to build demand for beef. FULL STORY »

Fall forage conditions and cattle production

The bulk of summer is past and forage conditions are improved for cattle production in many parts of the country. FULL STORY »

Commentary: EPA’s explanation of its clean water proposal

Since releasing our proposal in March to better protect clean water, there have been some questions raised in the press, most recently about maps that use data developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Fish & Wildlife Service and show locations and flow patterns of many of the nation's waterways. FULL STORY »

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