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Friday, July 15,2011

Fewer cows, more money

by DTN
Cow production inputs started to skyrocket, explains Theeck, the veteran central Texas cowman. Thats when I realized to survive in the cattle business, I had to learn to do it with one cow to 10 acres with very little supplement or hay, as opposed to one cow to two or three acres as I was doing before.

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Friday, July 15,2011

Forages can become deadly in drought conditions

by DTN
Feeding corn stalks, corn hay or corn silage to the herd this year could be akin to poisoning your cows. Given extreme drought conditions across much of cattle country, dryland corn crops are more likely to have high levels of nitrates this year. And the first sign of nitrate poisoning is usually dead cattle.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Fighting to keep forages in the green

by DTN
Gary Hill found out the importance of soil testing the hard way. The University of Georgia animal scientist works with Tifton 85 bermudagrass at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, as well as on his own cattle operation. He started noticing stand losses in the highly productive forage.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Wheres the beef? Michigan State aims to find out

by DTN
The small-scale effort has large aims, according to one of the project leaders. Associate Professor Dan Buskirk said in addition to verifying whether the beef came from a local source, shoppers eventually could use a smart phone or kiosk to find out if it came from grass-fed, grain-fed or hormone-free cattle.

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Friday, July 1,2011

Monsanto posts $680M 3Q profit

by DTN
The St. Louis, MO-company reported last Wednesday its net income rose to $680 million, or $1.26 per share, for the quarter ended May 31, compared with $384 million, or 70 cents a share, a year ago. It says revenue increased 21 percent to $3.59 billion..

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Friday, July 1,2011

A yardstick to cull by

by DTN
Kay Richardson generally culls his cows at fall weaning. But they best be looking sharp year-round because for this producer, culling never ends.

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Friday, July 1,2011

More pounds, more heat tolerant

by DTN
Take 90 F, add in about 98 percent humidity, and when you start to feel like youre wading through the day, you begin to see what cattlemen like Darrel Haynes deal with all summer long.

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Friday, June 24,2011

Feed sources become scarce as southeast U.S. burns

by DTN
Southeast producers are realizing they need to move their calves to save the cows. In some places, cattlemen are down to little or no forage at all and other feed sources are all in short supply. That report, from John Moseley Jr., marks a shift in the mindset of southeast cattlemen this year and another turning point for the market.

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Friday, June 24,2011

Ethanol could gain support as election nears

by DTN
Big ethanol has enough clout in Congress and in the Obama administration to keep growing with U.S. government support, even though decades of large tax credits may be winding down.

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Friday, June 24,2011

Three hours until death

by DTN
A complex combination of factors seems to bring on the condition. �The incidence of grass tetany is usually highest in the early spring,� says Lemenager. �Grass is lush, vegetative and has a high moisture and fatty acid content. Forages are usually low in magnesium and the soil is high in potassium and nitrogen.

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