Livestock

Ohio Cattlemen’s Roundup in Jackson County August 26 and 27

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) invites all who have an interest in Ohio’s cattle industry to Jackson County, Ohio for this year’s Roundup, August 26-27, 2016. This year combines two great events, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) annual beef and forage program and the OCA Roundup. It will feature a beef and [...]

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Practice good grazing management this summer

Our recent period of above 80 degree days with no rainfall demonstrates how quickly we can go from saturated soils to looking forward to some rain.  For the livestock owner dependent upon pasture growth, our recent weather pattern of 80 degree plus days with no rainfall demonstrated how quickly growth rates of our cool season [...]

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Knowing livestock tampering laws helps maintain responsible food production at Ohio fairs

Summer marks the beginning of fair season — a time when thousands of 4-H youth all across the state showcase the animal projects they have spent so much time perfecting.  As these hard working kids gear up to show their animals, I  want to encourage all exhibitors to be aware of livestock tampering rules so [...]

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Scrapie Free Flock Certification standards updated

The Scrapie Free Flock Certification Program standards have been updated effective May 1. A copy of the updated standards and a summary of the revisions are available on ASI’s site at www.sheepusa.org/IssuesPrograms_AnimalHealth_Scrapie. The basic structure of the program has not changed. There are still two categories in the SFCP: the Export Category (with Export Monitored [...]

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Chris Lahmers, marketing director for COBA/Select Sires

As sexed semen gains effectiveness, dairies take notice

Artificial insemination (AI) has long proven to be an effective and profitable management tool of the cattle trade. Another tool in the AI toolbox, sexed semen, has found its own niche on the farm in recent years and is growing in popularity. Chris Lahmers, marketing director for COBA/Select Sires, said the company’s sales of gender-sorted [...]

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American Milking Shorthorn Society National Convention visits Ohio

The American Milking Shorthorn Society recently held its National Convention in Dublin, Ohio just on the outskirts of Columbus. The event took years of planning for the Ohio Milking Shorthorn Association that hosted the event. “We tried to plan a convention that would interest all of our members. We toured Select Sires. We got to [...]

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Celebrate National Forage Week

The American Forage and Grassland Council (AFGC) is celebrating National Forage Week with the agricultural community June 19 to 25. Slightly less than 2% of the total U.S. population lives on a farm, making it more difficult for the general public to relate to farming and the accompanying benefits and challenges. As the general public [...]

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Poison hemlock: It’s everywhere

A few weeks ago I posted a piece about identifying and controlling poison hemlock on the Fairfield County Extension Facebook page and the response I got back immediately was simply, “It’s everywhere!” Indeed, in recent years it seems to have become widespread throughout many Ohio counties, Fairfield included. Perhaps we are seeing it spreading most [...]

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North American Manure Expo in August

Less than two months remain before this year’s edition of the North American Manure Expo (NAME), being held August 3 and 4 near London. The annual event provides an opportunity for custom manure applicators and livestock producers to advance their knowledge of manure-nutrient utilization while showcasing the latest technology in manure handling, treatment and application. [...]

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Understanding fertilizer numbers

Agronomy professionals can talk all day about a variety of the technical aspects involved in farming and growing crops. And many of them do, even me, or so I’ve been told. And when doing so, most assume that the audience is up to speed on the basics on which the talks are built. But that [...]

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