August 2014

TMR Corner-Evaluating TMR mixer performance: the scale system

The objective of feeding a total mixed ration (TMR) is to provide a consistently uniform mix with the intended ingredient and nutrient composition, across the entire length of the feedbunk, with every batch. The scale system on the TMR mixer determines whether the correct amount of each ingredient is added to the mixer, yet its operation and accuracy is often taken for granted. In this issue, we will describe how the TMR mixer scale system can be a source of error in TMR production, and present some simple tests you can perform to determine its sensitivity and accuracy.

Guest Editorial - EPA and Army Corps’ Proposal puts Private Property Rights in Jeopardy

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are once again attempting to push their authority even farther, and this time, private property rights be damned. The new “Waters of the United States” proposal subjects nearly all waters in the country to regulation, regardless of size or continuity of flow.


While the EPA continues to claim their proposal does not expand the reach of the Clean Water Act, the way the proposal is written, there is no other interpretation. The vague and subjective wording gives regulators the authority and access to nearly any water, and with it, all land use activities including ranching.

Stop Fly Breeding

Flies are notorious nuisance and public health pests because they have the ability to transmit serious pathogens to both humans and animals. These flies typically occur and breed in a variety of filthy areas, including manure, soiled bedding, spilled feed, garbage and other types of organic matter. One pound of manure can contain more than 1,500 fly maggots, so it is not hard to see how fly numbers can reach enormous proportions and threaten your livestock and workers. To prevent and reduce the instances of fly infestations, be sure to utilize the following best practices in your control plan:

2014 Farm Science Review-Change and Growth To Be Evident.

The 52nd annual Ohio State University Farm Science Review will be held September 16-18 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio, and preparations are well underway for the annual farming showcase, which attracts more than 130,000 visitors each year. “We were very pleased with how the 2013 show turned out in terms of attendance and exhibitor satisfaction,” said Chuck Gamble, manager of the Farm Science Review, which is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “This year, we really want to drive the message home that the Review is unlike any other farm show in the country, from our high-tech field demos and world-class exhibitors to our top-notch education and conservation programs.

Priefert A Legacy of Innovation.

Few families have influenced the livestock handling industry as significantly as the Priefert family from Mount Pleasant, Texas. For half a century, the Prieferts have been designing, building, and marketing cattle handling equipment, and, in the process, changing the way the American rancher handles cattle. Marvin Priefert founded Priefert Manufacturing in 1964 with the invention of the first fully front-opening headgate. 50 years later, Marvin’s son Bill, and his grandsons, Eddie, Nate, and Travis, still own and operate the family business, with the goal of continuing to improve upon the design and functionality of today’s livestock handling equipment.