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The “positive associative effect” of high protein supplements

The eastern two-thirds of Oklahoma has substantial standing forage in many pastures as we go into late summer. As the day length shortens, plants become more mature and lower in protein content. FULL STORY »

Cattle health during the dog days of summer: Treating responsibly

“For both pinkeye and footrot cases, you’re going to want to have cattle in a place where you can check them 2 to 3 days later so if you need to treat them again, you can,” says John Maas, former veterinarian with the University of California at Davis Cooperative Extension, and chairman of the Beef Quality Assurance Advisory Board. FULL STORY »

Herd rebuilding will be a slow process

The latest USDA data provides some indication that herd expansion may be beginning but more clearly shows that herd rebuilding will be a long process and a slow one, at least initially. Not surprisingly, the July Cattle report shows estimates of herd inventories that are down in most all categories compared to the last report in 2012. FULL STORY »

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a mobile shade machine?

A Wisconsin farmer unveiled his innovative break-through in cattle cooling last week. It looks like something out of the future, or a piece of technology that belongs only behind the doors of NASA’s engineering department. FULL STORY »

Genetics, environment influence cattle hair shedding

It is summertime in the Ozarks and the temperature and humidity are rising. That can spell trouble for beef cattle that still haven’t shed off their winter coats according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Review: Bullish cattle-on-feed report fuels fire Play video

Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves sold 3.00-8.00 higher with the full advance on yearlings which were actually higher than two weeks ago and ended up gaining ground through last week’s knee-jerk correction. FULL STORY »

Building beef cow herd requires quality management and genetics

Rebuilding a beef cow herd to capture record-setting high prices is more than saving heifers to breed. Dave Patterson, University of Missouri Extension beef specialist, said heifers need management – and new breeding technology. FULL STORY »

Fall grazing of cover crops

If you are considering planting a cover crop after grain harvest, consider whether the planting might also serve as fall forage for livestock. Cover crops planted after harvesting a major cash crop can serve multiple benefits. FULL STORY »

U.S. meat, seafood prices rising on drought and disease

Overall U.S. food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. FULL STORY »

2014 Farm Bill conservation compliance changes

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminded producers that changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification. FULL STORY »

Cotton root rot inhibits alfalfa stand longevity

Alfalfa is considered one of the world's most important forage crops because of its high nutritive value and ease of incorporation into year-round grazing systems. FULL STORY »

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