Because of the broad USDA definition of a farm (which includes places with the potential for as little as $1,000 in annual sales), more than half of farm operator households consistently incur a net loss from farming activities in any given year, and far more do not earn the equivalent of a market wage for their on-farm labor.
Michigan State University Extension does not recommend planting alfalfa after alfalfa because of disease, insect and autotoxicity issues. Autotoxicity, which is produced by mature alfalfa plants, will cause crop stunting and yield reduction of the new plants.
Production systems in upper Midwest sheep operations often revolve around winter. Sheep producers need to make sure their flock is prepared for the cold weather, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service sheep and livestock stewardship experts.
Congress sometimes channels Picasso in order to get laws passed. Unexpected parts crop up in unexpected places. There’s an element of surprise, for example, when a public land management package gets laid onto a national defense spending bill before the paint dries.
The Canadian and Mexican cow and heifer situation has implications for herd size and cattle production on the North American continent in coming years and more immediately on current feeder supplies. Record U.S. cattle prices provide a tremendous pull for cattle of all types and from all possible sources.
“Taking the proper steps to get calves off to the right start is paramount to the success of a cattle feeding operation. One of the most important decisions feedlots face is how to properly receive new cattle,” said Reid McDaniel, South Dakota State University (SD- SU) Extension Beef Feedlot Specialist.
When it comes to replacement heifers, cattle producers need to ensure that rations do not have a negative impact on fertility. Walker explained that the amount of corn included in a ration will be determined by the composition of feeds in the ration..
Ron Lemenager said nutrient profiles in some hay samples are low this year because of harvest delays and excessive rain during this past growing season, which may have resulted in mature plants, nutrient leaching and some mold development in forage supply.
“The nutritional quality of mature standing forage diminishes the further we get into winter through deterioration and selective grazing,” says John Dhuyvetter, area Extension Livestock Specialist at the North Central Research Extension Center near Minot.
The bulletin—“Dietary composition and conflicts of livestock and wildlife on rangeland”—was written by Derek Scasta, Assistant Professor and Extension Rangeland Specialist. It focused on where the dietary needs of different grazers of the West overlap and potentially cause conflict.