Livestock

OSU Extension Sheep Team creates blog

Ohio’s shepherds now have a place to find all the latest information on sheep production, industry research conducted at Ohio State, and daily management tips. The recently rebuilt The Ohio State University Extension Sheep Team blog page can be found at http://u.osu.edu/sheep/. The site is managed by the Sheep Team Program Coordinator, Brady Campbell, and [...]

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Trump Administration announces withdraw of GIPSA rules

The Trump administration announced it will withdraw regulations related to the buying and selling of livestock, a move strongly commended by a number of livestock groups that opposed the Obama-era rules. “This is a victory for America’s cattle and beef producers — and it’s a victory for America’s consumers. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue deserves a [...]

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Ohio Cattlemen’s Association hosts successful Cattlemen’s Camp

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) just wrapped up their annual Cattlemen’s Camp in October at the Madison County Fairgrounds in London. This educational, fun-filled weekend included hands-on opportunities for the youth and their families to gain experience with their beef projects. Attendees were invited to bring their calf project along for on-site training to prepare [...]

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Dairy feed bunk management

The current state of the dairy economy has dairy farm managers looking for ways to improve cow productivity and reduce expenses. One management area that may offer some of these returns is the feed bunk. It is important to work with the herd nutritionist to provide a ration that will allow the dairy cow to [...]

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2017 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium: Improving profitability of the sheep operation through nutrition, reproduction, economics, and marketing

The 2017 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium (BSS) will concentrate on several topics related to the success of the sheep operation both now and in the future. The increasingly popular Friday program dubbed “Shepherd’s College” by the Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium planning committee will concentrate on several facets of production to assist sheep farmers improve their profitability, including [...]

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Poor temperament adversely affects profit

October is a traditional weaning and culling time for spring-calving herds. Weaning for value-added calf sales is already underway. This is a time when producers decide which cows no longer are helpful to the operation and which heifer calves will be kept for future replacements. Selecting against ill-tempered cattle has always made good sense. Wild [...]

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Ohio Hereford Futurity highlights of Hereford weekend

Saturday Sept. 30 Rick VanFleet and his family graciously hosted a Hereford field day at their family farm in Pleasant City, Ohio. This was the start of the Hereford weekend co-sponsored by the Buckeye Hereford Association and the Switzerland of Ohio Polled Hereford Association. The Van Fleets were gracious hosts and had a great program [...]

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Where is fiber fermented in the pig digestive tract?

Fiber is increasingly being added to pig diets, but digestion of fiber in pigs is inefficient and poorly understood. In a new study from the University of Illinois, scientists pinpoint the locations within the digestive tract where fiber is fermented. “We’re trying to figure out the specifics of fiber fermentation in pigs and what can [...]

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Chris Penrose, center, talks about stockpiling, invasives, and grazing on a fall SWCD ATV tour at his Morgan County farm.

On-farm experience leads to Extension expertise for a Buckeye on buckeyes

Chris Penrose really had no interest in going to college when he graduated from high school. He was born and raised in Dayton and finished in the bottom third of his class, but spent the summers of his youth (and pretty much every minute he could) on the Morgan County farm his ancestors had purchased [...]

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Ohio Beef Council to visit auction markets across the state

The Ohio Beef Council (OBC) will be visiting with beef producers at auction markets across the state of Ohio during the month of October. Beef producers are encouraged to attend to learn how checkoff dollars are invested to increase beef demand through programs of promotion, research and education. OBC will be present on the weekly [...]

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