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Improve pasture management with good paddock design

July 23, 2021

Pay attention to key factors when setting up grazing systems. By: Darrell Boone If you’ve heard about management-intensive grazing systems in which the animals are moved from one small paddock to another multiple times each day, you likely have one of two reactions: That would be a great way to get the absolute most out […]

Senate hearing focuses on need for ag labor reform

July 23, 2021

Dairy and pork industries promote need for year-round labor in comprehensive labor reform. By: Jacqui Fatka  The future of undocumented farmworkers and needed changes in securing agricultural labor were the focus of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on July 21 featuring over two hours of questioning of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack during the first panel and […]

Niche market for ranch-raised beef on the rise

June 25, 2021

Selling beef from the farm to the consumer may provide opportunities for high premiums. By: Blair Fannin SUGGESTED EVENT Farm Progress ShowAug 31, 2021 to Sep 02, 2021 Direct beef purchases from the farm continue to be an emerging trend as consumers want to know both the story and faces behind the products they are purchasing, according […]

No easy solution on fixing cattle markets

June 25, 2021

Senate Ag hearing reveals mixed views on how cattle market got where it is and what is needed to offer cattle producers relief going forward. By: Jacqui Fatka Beef producers and economists shared the witness table at an unprecedented Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on June 23  -“Examining Markets, Transparency, and Prices from Cattle Producer to […]

Vaccinating young livestock against disease is affordable, practical

May 25, 2021

The price of a single calf, lamb or kid lost to a preventable disease could pay for the vaccination program for a producer’s entire herd or flock. By: Will Hehemann, UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences Whether raising sheep or cattle, livestock producers should always plan on vaccinating their young animals, Dr. David […]

Grazing more help than harm for plants, animals

May 25, 2021

The practice can control non-native plants and maintain habitat and ecosystems to support a variety of species. By: Sheila J. Barry Research recently published in the journal Sustainability documents a role for livestock grazing to support the conservation of imperiled plant and animal species in California.  Livestock grazing occurs in every county except San Francisco and is the […]

Does your cow worry about flies? Yes

May 17, 2021

Here is a refresher on identifying and treating horn and face flies in beef herds. By: Mindy Ward If your cattle are stomping, grouping up, twitching tails or licking their backs trying to rid themselves of flies, it is a sign of anxiety. The behavior is actually a syndrome pegged by veterinarians as “fly worry.” […]

It’s all about your market philosophy

May 17, 2021

If producers make money with cattle despite all that is going on in the blame game right now, it implies the blame game is fake. By: Doug Ferguson Every week there is a story that develops in the market and at individual auctions.  I pay attention to this and that is where I come up […]

Cattle producers: Be aware of foot rot

March 26, 2021

Foot rot symptoms are often swelling between toes, redness or necrotic tissue and skin separation at the hoof wall. By: Donald Stotts Excessive rain is a signal for cattle producers to keep an eye out for lameness in their animals, the first sign of foot rot. Foot rot is a painful condition that can become […]

Every cattle buyer has a superpower

March 26, 2021

Using all your senses can be valuable whether in the sale barn, feedyard or in the pasture. By: Doug Ferguson  Roughly six years ago, when my daughter was four, we were feeding cattle and when we got to the end of the bunk, I turned the tractor around and just sat there for a while. […]