Livestock

Farmers get a closer look at Lake Erie algae issues

                          On Aug. 22, the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District held the “Lake Erie Ag Tour 2011.” With all the headlines about algal blooms on Ohio lakes the past two years, and farmers getting much of the blame, the goal of the [...]

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Livestock industry voices concerns with corn supply

The House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry heard firsthand the challenges the livestock and poultry industries face today and expect to face in the coming years because of tight feed grain supplies. The hearing came on the heels of a U.S. Department of Agriculture World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report [...]

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USDA steps up food safety efforts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it is taking new steps to fight E. coli and protect the safety of the American food supply. Six additional serogroups of pathogenic E. coli will be declared adulterants in non-intact raw beef. Raw ground beef, its components, and tenderized steaks found to contain these bacteria will be [...]

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Fall grazing management

By Rory Lewandowski, Extension educator, Athens County and Buckeye Hills EERA September and October are important months in the lifecycle of perennial cool season pasture plants because this is when those plants store carbohydrate reserves. Carbohydrate reserves are needed to allow the plant to survive the winter. Although the top growth of the plant will die, [...]

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Sheep shearing school

Do you want to learn to shear sheep or know someone who does?  Do you want to learn to shear sheep so that you can either shear your own flock or you want to learn for a little extra cash? Here is your opportunity.  A Statewide Sheep Shearing School will be held Saturday and Sunday, October [...]

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Clean water is a priority for Poultry Environmental Steward

By Matt Reese To do his part to prevent any sediment or nutrients from leaving the farm, Paul Dahlinghaus of Auglaize County has really stepped up the participation in EQIP on his dairy, turkey and hog farm. With his brother, he farms 600 acres and has continued his family’s tradition of dairy farming with milking [...]

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World Dairy Expo deadline

Cattle exhibitors wishing to compete at World Dairy Expo 2011 should log on to World Dairy Expo website now and submit their entries.  According to Dairy Cattle Show Manager, Laura Herschleb, entry fees will increase at midnight (CDT) on Thursday, September 1.  Paper applications must also be postmarked by that date to avoid late entry [...]

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Increased scrutiny offers chance showcase conservation

  By Matt Reese There are few places more scrutinized than a livestock farm in the Grand Lake St. Marys Watershed, which has captured national attention with its toxic algae horror stories. There is no question that a problem exists and, right or wrong, the blame often falls animal agriculture in the Watershed. “We’re 3 [...]

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Pork producers’ ability to pay for corn

This year’s corn crop is not big enough to meet the entire consumption base that has been built. Prices will have to be high enough to convince some end users to reduce consumption from current levels. Can the pork industry compete with other end users? asked Purdue University economist Chris Hurt. “The answer is complex [...]

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Pork producers' ability to pay for corn

This year’s corn crop is not big enough to meet the entire consumption base that has been built. Prices will have to be high enough to convince some end users to reduce consumption from current levels. Can the pork industry compete with other end users? asked Purdue University economist Chris Hurt. “The answer is complex [...]

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