Livestock

Early grazing observations

March 3 was the last day I fed my spring calving cows hay. You may have read in previous articles (2/26/ 2014, 3/7/2012, 3/1/2006) some of the advantages of stockpiling fescue and grazing it during calving season. This includes a thick sod to calve on, no mud, and no hay to feed. I do have to admit that [...]

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Multiple avian influenza outbreaks in Tennessee

In early March, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that a strain of the bird flu has been detected in a Tennessee chicken breeder flock contracted to food giant Tyson Foods Inc. As a result, the farm will euthanize 73,500 birds to stop the virus from entering the food system, the USDA said. The Tennessee [...]

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Tom and Susie Turner get plenty of help from their dog and stock manager W.F. Trooper.

Turner Shorthorns transforming land and cattle

With stunning views of rolling vistas, columns of vibrantly hued sandstone rising up from the scenic pastures and the gurgle of numerous springs and brooks, the setting of Turner Shorthorns looks to be from the wall of a fine painting gallery. But while the farm has a growing reputation for its quality cattle and scenic [...]

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Early season forage seeding

I have been getting questions about seeding forages, both frost seeding and drilling, and this year’s weather pattern needs to be considered when making a seeding decision. Generally March is a good time in our area to consider frost seeding. Frost seeding works better some years than others. Successful frost seeding is dependent upon several [...]

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Alfalfa risks from the wild weather ride this winter

As farmers call in to discuss this strange winter and its risks to their alfalfa stand, concerns continue to grow as the green color has started to come back to alfalfa fields. Actually predicting what this weather is going to do to our alfalfa crop is impossible but scouting this spring will be imperative to [...]

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Crossbreeding: It works for feral pigs

Crossbreeding, bringing together parents that are distantly related but capable of producing viable offspring, has increased hybrid vigor within domestically raised livestock. Extensive research has shown positive improvement for several production traits, particularly survival traits that are lowly heritable. Interestingly, sometimes if one looks at what others are intentionally or not intentionally doing, one can [...]

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U.S. bison sales hit $350 million in retail

The U.S. bison business has notched $350 million in sales at the retail and restaurant level in 2016, with tight supplies of market-ready animals limiting additional growth in the business, according to information compiled by the National Bison Association. The analysis released this week was based on the association’s latest Economic Size of the U.S. [...]

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Aquaculture wastewater treatment being investigated

Aquaculture, or fish farming, is one of the fastest growing sectors of agriculture in the world today. However, farmers in the United States who wish to capitalize on this momentum face regulatory hurdles when dealing with fish waste. But new research shows that a simple, organic system can clean aquaculture wastewater effectively and inexpensively. Researchers [...]

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No new U.S. classic scrapie cases since April 2016

In the January 2017 National Scrapie Eradication Program (NSEP) report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service conveyed that no new positive U.S. classical scrapie cases have been reported in either sheep or goats in fiscal year 2017, which runs Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017. Also, no new infected [...]

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NIAA coming to Columbus April 3-7

The 2017 National Institute for Animal Agriculture Annual Conference agenda April 3 to April 6, 2017 in Columbus is focusing on the globalization of food production with a prominent line–up of industry, academic and policy experts. “No matter what business you are in, you have to realize we are in a more global marketplace than [...]

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