DNA: Feedlot Strategies

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Recently, animal scientist John Wagner and his team set out to answer one question: “Is there potential application for DNA technology in the feedlot?”

Enhancing Your Brand

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When buyers from your farm think of you…what do you want them to think about?

Are Preservatives Cost-Effective?

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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.

Controlling Weeds, Managing Grazing

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When it comes to weeds, first ask why you care. “Is it for esthetics or the bottom line? If for the bottom line, you often can tolerate a lot of weeds,” Tim Schnakenberg, University of Missouri Extension agronomist, said. He and Wendal Rogers, a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) grassland conservationist pointed to a field of Red River crabgrass and ryegrass studded with weeds: though the pasture wasn’t pretty, the cattle were eating well. Cattle are Rogers’ preferred weed control.

The Registration Game

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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.

Horse Owners Beware

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West Nile Virus is one of those issues that almost any horse owner hears about and shudders. It is a customary practice for horses...

Looking Beyond EPDs

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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.

Is Agritourism Right for You?

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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.

Land Leases

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Surviving and thriving in a difficult economy takes creative thinking – exploring new options or familiar options in new ways. One option worth evaluating is land leasing. Gordon Carriker, Agriculture Business Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension, explained that this option can be beneficial to both the leasee and leasor.

Working Smarter, Not Harder

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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.

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