livestock

Sustainable Beef (and just what does that mean, and why would anyone be against it?)

Sustainability means different things to different people. “If we’re not sustainable in what we do, we’re out of business,” said Nebraska cattleman Bill Rishel. “Many of us in the cattle business grew up thinking of sustainability as making enough money to keep ranching the next year. Of course that meant we had to care for our natural resources and manage them in a responsible way.

 

Vertical TMR mixer pays for itself on a beef cow-calf operation

In the past two issues of TMR Corner we have explored how feeding a beef cow-calf herd with a vertical TMR mixer simultaneously decreases feed waste and increases animal performance. In this issue we will use that information to develop a cost-benefit analysis for adopting the use of a vertical TMR mixer on a moderately sized cow-calf operation.

Rawhide Portable Corral - Leading the Way in Portable Corral Innovation

Rawhide Portable Corral, Inc. of Abilene, Kansas has been manufacturing portable corrals and livestock equipment for the last fourteen years and is recognized throughout the livestock industry as a leader and innovator in portable livestock corral design and construction.

Livestock Industry Hails Passage of Wildfire 
Prevention Package

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) this week hailed the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee’s passage of the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, H.R. 1526, legislation to prevent the continuation of catastrophic wildfire events by improving federal forest management.

New Bale Slicer

Remlinger Manufacturing offers the PFM Series 600 Bale Slicer to cut bales of hay, straw and silage quickly and efficiently for indoor or outdoor feeding or bedding for beef cattle and other livestock.  Features four bale spears to securely carry bales from storage to feeding locations.  Designed to fit skid steer loaders, with an optional 3-point hitch built to fit all category 2-3 tractors.

15 Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Farmland

Record land values make buying decisions tougher.
  The increase in crop and livestock prices have generated significant profits for many farmers, which some are using to buy additional land. Growing demand has driven land values to record highs in many areas.

10 Ways Ethanol Helps Livestock Farmers

While the drought is having a profound impact on crop production, thanks to ethanol production there is a larger and more flexible corn supply than was available during previous droughts of this magnitude.

“A USDA report confirms what we already knew that the drought’s impact on supply and price will be felt by corn consumers around the world,” stated Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw.

The following list from the IRFA gives 10 ways that ethanol production helps livestock farmers during the 2012 drought.

Galloway Breed Offer Positives for Cattle Producers

The Galloway breed of cattle with a genetic background that goes back to the coastal lowlands of Scotland has been a choice for cattle owners in the United States since they were first brought to this country in the mid-1800s. “They were tougher than nails,” says Debra Vance public relations director for the American Galloway Breeders Association (ABGA). “Plus, they display great versatility with superior beef production, feeding efficiency and ease of calving.”

Young Rancher Needs

Traci Bruckner has a lot of experience with beginning cattle operations. As assistant director of the rural policy program at the Center for Rural Affairs, the Wayne, Neb. native helped lobby for the beginning farmer and rancher provisions in the 2008 Farm Bill; she’s also served on USDA’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Advisory Committee 2007-09, and at one time she and her husband had their own cow/calf operation.
 

A Guide to Managing Pasture Water “Stabilized Stream and Pond Access Sites”

The Need to Manage Pasture Water

By properly managing your pasture water, you not only provide high-quality water to maintain the health and productivity of livestock on your farm, but you also contribute to maintaining the water quality downstream – water that is used for livestock and human consumption, as well as recreational activities like fishing and swimming.
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