Livestock

Application of manure to newly planted wheat fields

Several livestock producers have inquired about applying liquid dairy or swine manure to newly planted wheat fields using a drag hose. The thought process is that the fields are firm (dry), there is very little rain in the nearby forecast, and the moisture in the manure could help with wheat germination and emergence. The manure [...]

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Ohio Department of Agriculture updates Fertilizer Certification Program rules

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) recently revised the rules in order to fine-tune the program established in 2014 by Ohio’s legislature. ODA made several changes to the certification, education, and recordkeeping requirements for those who apply agricultural fertilizers to more than 50 acres of land in agricultural production.   Updates to the certification requirements Three [...]

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U.S. pork continues commitment to responsible antibiotic use

Nine months after the full implementation of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Guidance 209 and 213, America’s pig farmers continue to demonstrate their awareness and commitment to doing what’s right on the farm. Since the rules went into effect on Jan. 1, the National Pork Board has received only two calls into its farmer call [...]

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Impacts of group housing on hog farms

Eleven states and several large pork producers are moving away from gestation crates for sows, but the effects of alternative housing designs on the sows’ reproductive performance are unclear. In a new article, an animal welfare expert from the University of Illinois takes a closer look at group housing. “Reproductive performance has always been a [...]

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Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation accepting scholarship applications

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) is offering several college scholarships available to beef industry youth. All scholarships recognize beef industry youth for academic effort, community service and career interests that utilize agriculture to enhance our quality of life through service education or research. Since the OCF was established, the number of available scholarships has increased [...]

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There are not many small town Ohio mayors with office walls lines with champion hog banners. Groveport mayor Lance Westcamp is the exception.

Pigs and politics come together in small town mayor’s office

Lance Westcamp may be one of the few small-town mayors in central Ohio that can be found driving his tractor down Main Street and he is certainly the only one with an office full of champion hog banners from around the country. “I was born and raised on a farm just south of Groveport. I [...]

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National Animal Health Monitoring System Beef 2017 Study

In October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) is launching Beef 2017, its fourth national study of U.S. beef cow-calf operations. Beef 2017 will take an in-depth look at U.S. beef cow-calf operations and provide the industry with new and valuable information regarding animal health and management trends in [...]

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Addition by subtraction

Weaning time is an excellent time to evaluate your cow herd and decide which cows get to remain in your herd as productive females. If they are not being productive for you, they need to be replaced by heifer calves retained from within the herd or by purchased bred females. Cows and heifers leave operations [...]

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Calcium to phosphorus ratio in pig diets established by new study

The amount of digestible calcium included in pig diets has a direct impact on phosphorus digestibility, but the optimum ratio between the two minerals has not yet been found. In a recent study from the University of Illinois, scientists have established a first approximation of that ratio for 25 to 50 kilogram pigs. “Because calcium [...]

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Ohio Beef Council to take students on virtual field trips this fall

At a time when transportation, logistics, safety and security concerns make it difficult for old-fashioned field trips to the farm, the Ohio Beef Council is making it easy for teachers to bring their students as close as they can by piloting a series of virtual field trips to Ohio beef farms this fall. With just [...]

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