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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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HPAI like fighting a war in Tennessee

Dr. Charles Hatcher, the Tennessee State Veterinarian, was at the center of the recent flurry of activity with avian influenza when the H7 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) was discovered in a commercial facility in the state. “The state of Tennessee benefitted from the previous states going through …

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Ohio livestock and poultry farmers support Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Poultry Association and the Ohio Dairy Producers Association announced their support for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) recently. The announcement comes amid budget discussions to dramatically decrease funding for the GLRI. The livestock and poultry groups issued the below statement regarding …

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