Livestock

World Dairy Expo deadline approaching quickly

World Dairy Expo is right around the corner and the deadline for dairy cattle entries is fast approaching. All entries must be submitted by midnight (CDT) on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 to avoid late fees. Paper entries must be postmarked by that date as well. Late entries will be accepted until the day of the [...]

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This is the process the manure goes through in the PRS.

Phosphorus Recovery System addresses water quality challenges with manure

The vexing problem of phosphorus in the water continues to make big headlines and haunt animal agriculture. This political hot button, however, has led to some positive developments in research regarding on-farm practices and technology. One of the most recently announced innovations addressing this problem is the Phosphorus Recovery System (PRS) from Quasar Energy that [...]

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Beef school focuses on maximizing profit

Beef cattle producers who want to reduce costs while maximizing their profit potential can learn how during a Beef School Oct. 6, 13 and 20, taught by experts from Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. The three-day program focuses on forage weed control, spring development, working livestock, carcass beef [...]

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Photo by Erin Cole at Trupointe Cooperative.

Understanding the flood of water quality regulations in Ohio

When it rains, it pours. That pretty much describes this growing season, or lack thereof. Metaphorically, it also applies to the new regulations regarding manure and fertilizer application that became law on July 3, 2015 that now apply to Ohio farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin that includes 24 Ohio counties. Although these fertilizer [...]

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Control of ammonia and dust emissions in poultry facilities for improved health

The recent outbreak of avian influenza, a highly contagious viral disease that has infected about 48 million birds in the United States, resulted in a significant loss to the poultry industry. The initial response by the poultry industry to prevent widespread avian influenza was to more stringently enforce the USDA biosecurity measures defined by the [...]

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Inoculants at silage harvest can help an already effective regimen

For dairy and other livestock producers wanting to optimize their silage, the addition of inoculant just prior to storage may help to improve their return by minimizing losses and getting the most out of their product. Silage inoculants help the fermentation process, an essential part of any feed of its type. They contain anaerobic bacteria [...]

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Beef Industry Update Meetings

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will be hosting Beef Industry Update Meetings September 9 and 10.  OCA Allied Industry Council member, Multimin USA, is the title sponsor of the meetings. Their sponsorship will provide a complimentary beef dinner to all of the attendees at the meetings. Carroll County Cattlemen’s Association is set to host the meeting [...]

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Reimbursement for disinfectants available to farms affected by PEDv

With funds made available through U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is offering reimbursement for disinfectant purchased by producers or veterinarians on behalf of producers. Owners of PEDv infected premises must not presently be receiving reimbursement from the USDA reimbursement program and can use the disinfectant to disinfect equipment, facilities, trucks, etc. [...]

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OH-PIGS wraps up the first year

The Ohio Summer Show Circuit, a new youth program of the Ohio Pork Council, worked to provide the best atmosphere for competitive swine shows during the first year in 2015. It is, by purpose, a competitive program that promotes the advancement of Ohio’s show pig industry through providing consistency and continuity to a show circuit, tools to increase exhibitor knowledge [...]

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Stockpiling pasture for late season grazing

Now is the time for pasture-based livestock operations to begin stockpiling pasture grass if they want to extend the grazing season into late fall and/or winter. To stockpile forage, take a last cutting, clipping or grazing pass in a pasture paddock in early to mid-August and then let the pasture regrow and accumulate forage until [...]

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