Livestock

New study offers good news for pork producers

What happens when meat scientists get their hands on nearly 8,000 commercially raised pigs? They spend a year running dozens of tests and crunching numbers to arrive at research-backed management recommendations for pork producers. “We had an opportunity to answer a lot of questions for the pork industry,” said Dustin Boler, assistant professor in the [...]

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Jim Percival elected as chair of the American Lamb Board of Directors

Jim Percival, of Xenia, begins his last appointed term on the American Lamb Board and has been elected the serve as the 2017 ALB Chair. He represents small sheep producers on this national checkoff program. Percival has been involved in the sheep and lamb industry for many years, serving on both the Ohio Sheep Improvement [...]

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Questioning grazing efficiencies

There are certainly times when it would be much easier to just leave all the gates open and let the livestock manage themselves. Obviously, there must be some merit in this type of management, or lack of, because it is still pretty common. This is especially true in the spring. For those whose primary focus [...]

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New Ohio Forages website launched

Our new Ohio Forages website has been launched, and can be found at https://forages.osu.edu/.  This is the same url as our old Ohio Forage Network site. We intend for this website to be the go-to place to find all things forage within the Ohio State University Extension system. We are still in the process of adding content [...]

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Establishing new forage stands

This month provides one of the two preferred times to seed perennial cool-season forages. The other preferred timing for cool-season grasses and legumes is in late summer, primarily the month of August here in Ohio. The relative success of spring vs. summer seeding of forages is greatly affected by the prevailing weather conditions, and so [...]

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GIPSA rule delayed again

It was recently announced that the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is delaying the effective date of its interim final rule an additional six months to Oct. 19, 2017. This was viewed as a positive step in the right direction according to many livestock groups. “This is another step toward common sense and [...]

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A protective mother cow and some calves on the Ramseyer farm.

Was calf CPR a miracle or another day on the farm?

Was it an early Easter miracle or just another day on the farm? Michelle Ramseyer thinks it might have been a little bit of both. Michelle and her husband Jeff raise around 200 cattle in an organic rotational grazing system with neighboring grain farmer, Dean McIlvaine. The Ramseyers provide the livestock and the labor while [...]

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Ohio Beef Expo sale summary

The Ohio Beef Expo held March 17-19 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio hosted five breed sales, selling 289 live lots at an average price of $3,385 with a gross of $978,350. More than 30,000 cattle industry enthusiasts attended the 30th annual Expo, an event of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA). Individual breed sales [...]

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Strong pace continued for meat exports in February

February results for U.S. pork and beef exports were well above year-ago levels, with pork exports posting the strongest February volume on record, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by USMEF. Pork exports reached 197,025 metric tons (mt) in February, up 15% year-over-year, with value up 17% to $486.7 million. For the first [...]

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USDA authorizes emergency grazing for areas affected by wildfires

USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Response to President Trump’s Directive The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), acting in response to a directive from President Donald J. Trump, today authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands located in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas — the three states most heavily impacted by ongoing wildfires which began [...]

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