Recently, animal scientist John Wagner and his team set out to answer one question: “Is there potential application for DNA technology in the feedlot?”
When buyers from your farm think of you…what do you want them to think about?
Most southern growers don’t apply hay preservation chemicals to their forage crops; it’s generally not cost effective, Darren Redfearn, Oklahoma State University professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and forage specialist for Oklahoma Cooperative Extension, told Ozarks Farm & Neighbor. However, there are times when the antimicrobials can help save a crop.
To the untrained eye, every field of grazing cattle looks the same. But for producers, the differences are vast. Specifically, there are important distinctions between a registered and commercial herd.
Estimated Progeny Differences (EPDs) can provide a good starting point when selecting heifers to retain in your herd, but there’s more to the decision.
Over the past 10 years farms are learning to diversify through incorporating agritourism, where farmers open their gates to tourists. Types of agritourism include corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hosting a farm dinner using local products, cutting down a Christmas tree on a farm, you-pick berry operations, wineries and educational farms to name a few.
When it comes time to work cattle on the farm, whether for sorting, tagging, vaccinating and so on, most producers admit it is can often be a stressful time for both humans and bovines.