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Friday, December 19,2014

Teff grass gaining popularity; works in hay crop rotations

by WLJ
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.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Sheep need protection from the cold in winter

by WLJ
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.

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Friday, December 19,2014

The modern art of grazing legislation; getting creative to get it passed

by WLJ
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.

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Friday, December 19,2014

The North American beef cow, heifer situation

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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.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Recommendations for receiving cattle: health and nutrition

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“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.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Wise corn use for replacement heifers

by WLJ
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..

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Friday, December 12,2014

Forage testing can show low nutrient levels going into harsh winter

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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.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Now is time to check cattle rations, test feeds

by WLJ
“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.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Understanding dietary needs, conflicts of range livestock, wildlife

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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.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Variety meat demand boosts October beef, pork exports

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October beef exports were up 2 percent from a year ago to 109,858 metric tons (mt), while export value was a record-high $687.1 million— up 22 percent from a year ago. Muscle cut volume was down 2 percent to 76,472 mt, but still increased 19 percent in value to $596.

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