Livestock

National sheep sales in Ohio this month

Six leading breeds of sheep have chosen the state of Ohio to host their 2016 National Sales. Shropshires and Natural Colored sheep will be offered for sale during the Big Ohio Sale Weekend, Thursday through Saturday, May 12, 13 and 14 at the Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton. The three-day event will have approximately 750 [...]

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OPA accepting nominations for American Egg Board

The Ohio Poultry Association (OPA) is now accepting suggestions for nominations to serve on the 2017-2018 American Egg Board (AEB), which is U.S. egg farmer’s link to consumers in communicating the value of the incredible egg. Members serve two-year terms on the national board. “Board members serve a vital role in overseeing and carrying out [...]

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Taiwanese farmers threaten protest over lifting ractopamine ban

Taiwanese agriculture representatives threatened to stage a large-scale protest if the country lifts its ban on imports of pork from hogs given the feed additive ractopamine. The threat was prompted by Taiwan Agriculture Minister-designate Tsao Chi-hung’s statement that Taiwan “cannot shut its doors to U.S. pork containing ractopamine forever in the face of globalization,” noting [...]

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soil

Plant health and profitability

With the current prices of most crops, I think the majority of growers would agree that profitability is high on their list of priorities. Critical to profitability is a healthy crop. Obviously, there are many variables involved in keeping a crop in top condition. Let’s look at several of the factors involved in keeping a [...]

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Cooper Farms adds a new sow farm

Cooper Farms held an open house and ribbon cutting on April 22 for their new sow hog farm, Pheasant Run, located in Mark Center. The new farm will be home to female hogs and their piglets. Utilizing state of the art technology, Pheasant Run takes farming to a new level. “We like to think of [...]

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Ohio Pork Council scholarship deadline quickly approaching

There are numerous scholarship opportunities available to college students interested in the pork industry. Students are reminded that applications for OPPC, OPCW and Dick Isler scholarships are due April 29. The Ohio Pork Council is currently offering scholarships, ranging from $500 to $1000 per individual. Students entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year in college [...]

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Brenda Schaub operates a 2,600 head nursery and a 2,400 head finisher barn in Richland County.

Farm mom raises more than a family

Those who work in the agricultural industry have long understood the need to be a jack-of-all-trades. “Some days you have to be a vet, an electrician, a maintenance man and a general worker,” said Brenda Schaub of Shiloh in Richland County. Schaub is a pork producer who operates a 2,600 head nursery and a 2,400 [...]

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USDA to continue approving payments for “Pork. The Other White Meat”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) decided that, based on its review of the value of four “Pork. The Other White Meat” trademarks the National Pork Board purchased from the National Pork Producers Council, it would continue to approve the Pork Board’s annual payments for the trademarks. NPPC sold the trademarks to [...]

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soil-test

Assembly required: Soil test instructions

In my house, two words — “assembly required” — have come close to ruining more Christmas mornings than the Grinch himself. For many growers it seems the words “fertility program” can cause as much anxiety as staring down a Barbie Dreamhouse box under the tree. One savior that occasionally graces us with its presence both [...]

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Watch nutrition after calving

As livestock producers move from winter feed to spring grazing, they should pay extra attention to spring-calving beef cows to make sure their nutritional needs are met, said a beef cattle expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. That could mean leading the animals away from early green grass [...]

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