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Friday, October 3,2014

Record calf prices boost bottom line

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If you choose personal use, one option Johnson said is to start or increase the family’s emergency savings. “When making this decision, ask yourself, ‘Do I have enough money set aside in case of an emergency and I can’t work?’ Having enough money for three to six months of household fixed expenses is always a smart idea,” she said.

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Friday, October 3,2014

Extending fall grazing with cover crops can halve your feed costs

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In early August the Nicklas family no-tilled a seven-species cover crop grazing mix into wheat stubble. With the great growing conditions they have received, they started grazing the 16-acre field with beef cows this month and will continue into early winter as long as Mother Nature will allow.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Assess pasture and range forage condition this fall

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When scouting your pastures, check for the type of weeds present. Deneke explained many perennials and biennials will have new growth in the fall, especially with adequate fall moisture. Perennials may have new shoots or seedlings from seed banks or like biennials, the rosettes may be found.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Tax plan now to avoid problems later

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It may seem early in the year for tax planning, but for dairy and beef operators, this preparation should have started a couple months ago. For many years, farms have faced the challenge of managing their farm income to avoid income spikes or failures.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Thank you from the ranchers impacted by Atlas

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As we near the one-year anniversary of winter storm Atlas, the ranching people and communities devastated by the storm would like to say “thank you” to everyone who rallied behind us and extended such kindness and generosity toward us over the course of the past year.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Feedstuff inventory: quality and quantity

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“Hay inventories for the upcoming winter feeding could fall a bit short in some areas across the state, while other areas have an abundant quantity, but may not have the quality,” said Karla Hernandez, South Dakota State University Extension Forages Field Specialist.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Silage price decisions

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“Properly harvested corn silage is an excellent forage resource that can be used in a number of feeding situations. A large quantity of feed can be harvested from a relatively small land area in a short period of time, especially with modern corn genetics and silage harvesting equipment,” Rusche said.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Study solves the mystery of bluetongue livestock disease

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The bluetongue virus, which causes a serious disease that costs the cattle and sheep industries in the United States an estimated $125 million annually, manages to survive the winter by reproducing in the insect that transmits it, report veterinary scientists at the University of California, Davis.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Re-breeding open cows for fall calves

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He explained by pointing out that a 1,250-pound young cow has approximately the same current value as does a feeder calf suitable for backgrounding. “Using today’s cheaper feedstuffs and the existing bull battery, she could be exposed to breeding for a fall calf,” he said.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Heifer management helps rebuild cow herds to produce quality beef

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Patterson told Dent County beef producers how to improve calving success as heifers join the cow herd. Beef farmers enrolled in the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program have increased live births with calving-ease genetics. However, getting heifers pregnant takes long-term planning for nutrition and prebreeding exams.

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