Cattle Industry News

American Cattlemen's Cattle Industry News highlights news and stories about cattle production along with farm and ranch related topics.

IMMAG - Iowa Manure Management Action Group

Kris Kohl, Iowa State University Extension agricultural engineering field specialist, compiled this summary document of the most up-to-date information on Senate File 432. As SF 432 has not been finalized yet, the ruling outlined below is still subject to change.

Winter manure application and stockpiling regulations

Equipment Notebook - Used Equipment - Farm Storage

By L. Sorensen On-farm storage is a growing trend and many farmers have replaced older, smaller bins with new and higher capacity ones over the past year. The volume of grain bin sales reported over the past year isn’t large, but it will give buyers some idea of what used bins are selling for.

BeefTalk - The Simpler The Better

At one time, a tag and scale were all the tools needed to start a beef cattle production record system. The tag was placed at birth and the mother and birth date were recorded in the free notebook from the local livestock business. Come fall, the calves were gathered up. The weights were written in the notebook and the calves were shipped.

OPEN HOUSE

Plans are underway for our CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY & OPEN HOUSE on: Friday, September 11th, 2009. Its gonna be hard to top last years event but we are going to try. We'll again have most of our product representatives here with fencing and watering demo's going thru out the day. Farm tours will run from 9am to 3pm.

New Compact Loader Ranch Rake Grapple

The Ranch Rake brush rake introduced by M&M Engineered Products is one of the most useful new tools for compact tractors today. This heavy-duty brush rake allows users to tear through material quickly and efficiently. It has a very large capacity for moving great amounts of material in one load, lowering the number of movements needed by the loader. Made of high tensile strength materials, the Ranch Rake is designed to work efficiently and is built for longevity.

Equipment Spotlight: Used Equipment - Farm Storage

By L. Sorensen On-farm storage is a growing trend and many farmers have replaced older, smaller bins with new and higher capacity ones over the past year. The volume of grain bin sales reported over the past year isn’t large, but it will give buyers some idea of what used bins are selling for.

How do you dispose of 10,000 dead cattle?

By: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191

Conference speakers to address lessons learned from Hurricane Ike COLLEGE STATION – How do you dispose of thousands of dead cattle legally, quickly, economically and safely? This was the question for Texas government officials and Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel after Hurricane Ike in 2008. "We believe about 4,800 adult cattle were lost and 5,600 calves were lost in the surge zone after Hurricane Ike," said Dee Ellis, assistant state veterinarian, Texas Animal Health Commission.

FOTON tractors, the best tractor value in the USA!

Bill Mayer of Mayer Farm Implements/FOTON is proud to offer a great tractor for a fraction of the competition’s price. With 300 tractors sold in the past 4 years, and few service calls, FOTON tractors have proven to be dependable, economical and ideal for hobby farmers. FOTON tractors are manufactured by Foton Ltd., China’s #1 tractor manufacturer.

Equipment Notebook - Combines

By L. Sorensen Used Equipment - Combines What’s going on with used combine sales for 2009? It appears that the value of some older and smaller models may be increasing while sale prices of some later, larger models has fallen off to a degree, at least from the highs seen in 2008.

Equipment Spotlight: Portage and Main Outdoor Water Furnace

All outdoor boilers look similar from the outside—it’s what’s inside the unit that sets the Portage & Main Outdoor Water Furnace apart from any other make. Burn 1/2 to 1/3 less wood with a Portage & Main! Portage & Main – built for more than 30 years – is designed efficient (burns ½ to 1/3 less wood/coal) and has a long life expectancy.