RURAL REFLECTIONS Project Shade Structure
It has been quiet on the farm this winter-real quiet. I needed a
project that would not only occupy my time but serve as a bridge to
thoughts of green and lush spring pastures. It got it, this proje... Posted on 3/8/14 at 8:45 AM
STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Cattle losses: a sports analogy
I talked with an area cattle official recently. He doesn't work in the western Dakotas, but he's concerned about challenges facing cattle producers there after the devastating October blizzard.
What ... Posted on 10/31/13 at 11:57 AM
AMY'S RANCH SLANTS In My Next Life I Want to Be A Cow
In my next life I want to be a cow on a United States cattle ranch so I can find out what it feels like to be spoiled. Cows live a cushy life as a result of a ranchers hard work and his pocketbook.
... Posted on 8/17/11 at 8:00 PM
Early discussions of animal breeding and selection always grouped producers into three types: breeder, multiplier and commercial producer.
Generally portrayed as a pyramid, the base represented the large group of commercial producers who are in the business of producing products for the consumer. These producers would obtain breeding stock from the second level within the pyramid.
The loss of known genetics and performance in cattle herds in areas of western South Dakota hit by the winter storm Atlas in October is a big issue, says Ken Olson, South Dakota State University Extension associate professor and beef specialist.
Beef cattle diets, breeding systems, drylot versus pasture cow-calf production, forage digestibility enhancements, grazing and effects of pen bedding were among the topics North Dakota State University researchers studied in the past year.
White Oak Global Advisors will be the new owner of Northern Beef Packers, which filed for bankruptcy in July because it lacked money to buy cattle for slaughter. White Oak’s bid includes $39.5 million in credit and $4.8 million in cash to satisfy prior liens.
Having worked cattle for years and too many sheep to count, one develops a feel for the rogue cow or calf. Maybe it is just a quick look or an intense stare. There also are those animals that you know are not going to have a good cohabitation experience.
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