Livestock

OCA Young Cattlemen’s Conference provides industry learning experience

  The 2014 Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) hosted 16 cattlemen and women for a 3-day leadership development program in Columbus and the central Ohio areas, Aug. 21 to 23. The conference was made possible by Farm Credit Mid-America and the Ohio Soybean Council. YCC kicked off Thursday evening at the Crowne Plaza [...]

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A dairy diet is only as good as the data used to formulate it

The typical process of formulating a diet for dairy cows goes as follows: (1) sample the forages on the farm, (2) send the samples to a good lab, (3) when the lab results are available then enter the data into a computer, and (4) formulate the diet using a good dairy cow nutrition model. Because forages [...]

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Is it time to buy or sell cattle?

Conventional wisdom tells us that the proper strategy to investing in a business or commodity is to “buy low and sell high!” I have heard that phrase for years and would agree that it is sound advice. However, the current outlook for the beef industry might put a different spin on the traditional investment advice. [...]

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July held record pace for exports

U.S. red meat exports slowed in July, the first time this year that year-over-year export volumes were lower for both beef and pork. But 2014 exports remain on a strong pace, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). July beef exports fell 15% in volume to 101,799 [...]

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Top pork countries want tariffs eliminated in TPP

In an open letter to negotiators on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, organizations representing hog farmers in Australia, Canada, Chile, Mexico and the United States called for a “comprehensive, high-quality” agreement that eliminates tariffs on nearly all products, including pork. The TPP is a regional negotiation that includes the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, [...]

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OSU involved with new dairy decision tool launched by USDA

A new online tool designed to assist dairy producers in understanding coverage options under the new farm bill was developed in part by a dairy economist with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency recently announced the launch of the Margin Protection Program for [...]

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Breeding soundness exams render better lambing, kidding seasons

Breeding soundness exams for rams and bucks can take the guessing out of choosing fertile sires as fall breeding season is here, a Purdue Extension specialist said. Extension Small Ruminants Specialist Michael Neary said 10% of all rams and bucks are infertile going into the breeding season, which for some producers has already begun. Infertility [...]

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Livestock producers urged to enroll in Disaster Assistance program by Oct. 1

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible [...]

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Dairy policy update on the Margin Protection Program

On August 28, 2014, USDA Secretary Vilsack officially announced the start of the new Margin Protection Program (MPP). Here are some of the highlights. If you elect to participate, you will be required to establish a production history (PH) based on the highest annual production from the calendar years 2011, 2012, or 2013.  Once established, [...]

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Sidedressing manure into corn has promising results

Ohio State University Extension has conducted manure research on growing crops for several years in an effort to make better use of the available nutrients. Applying manure to growing crops can boost yields, reduce nutrient losses, and give livestock producers another window of time to apply manure to farm fields. Each of the manure plots [...]

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