Livestock

How to get more out of your pastures and improve water quality

Improving your pasture management skills will grow more forage that will have higher quality that will better feed your livestock and make you more money. A better pasture should just keep getting better year after year including; improving the environment; improving the soil, water, air, plants, and animals; and reduce your energy requirements. Healthy soils [...]

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Using goats to improve pastures

Do you have leftover fair goats, or inherited some that did not make weight at the fair? Perhaps your kids or grandkids have been bugging you for the small ruminant animal for some time. Or by chance, did you come into a small herd recently? If so, then don’t perceive goat ownership as a chore [...]

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Pork demand remains steady

Pig farmers and food production companies alike are wrapping up a successful 2017 that continues to show steady consumer demand for pork. The summer grilling season ended strongly, and signs point to a solid year-end opportunity for ham. According to Nielsen Perishables Group data for the 13 weeks ended Oct. 28, total sausage and rib volumes were [...]

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Manure management strategies

Reducing manure volumes produced throughout the year is certainly worth considering when building a manure management plan. For example, what goes into your manure pit other than manure, urine and wash water? Additionally, it is important to note waste water can be from several sources, including: 1. Leaking drinkers and water lines, 2. Pigs wasting [...]

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Grazing wind damaged corn residue

As harvest has come and gone, this opportunity may serve as a viable option for those looking for a cheap feed source to graze the mature ewe flock on. This strategy allows farmers to optimize on losses associated with harvest as well as serve as a means to save on winter feedings. To survive the [...]

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Kin Corriedales bloodline goes well beyond the state line

What started as a livestock project back in 1944 has become a multi-generational legacy for an Ohio family that has built a reputation across the country in the Corriedale sheep breed. “This farm started as a general livestock farm with Shorthorn cattle, Poland China hogs and a few sheep,” said Al Kin, the eldest member [...]

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Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship

The National Pork Producers Council is pleased to announce the 2018 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship, which is sponsored by CME Group and the National Pork Industry Foundation and is managed and administered by the National Pork Producers Council. The scholarship program was introduced in 1990 by CME Group and NPPC to celebrate the [...]

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OCA holds successful replacement female sale

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) held their fifth annual Replacement Female Sale on November 24 at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Company in Zanesville, Ohio. A large crowd was on hand to bid on 79 high quality females in the sale. The sale represented an excellent opportunity for cow-calf producers to add quality females with documented [...]

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Sharp appointed to National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of six members to serve on the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board. The terms for these appointees are effective immediately and expire on June 30, 2020. Newly appointed members include Erin S. Sharp, Cincinnati, Ohio (At-large, processor). “These appointees represent a cross section of the fluid milk [...]

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