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Jul 27, 2015
The below is an article from Forbes about a recent AgTech Summit. It is more focused on crop farming than livestock, but the two big take-aways are relevant all around: 1. The author briefly notes the "20 Minute Rule", which is to say that if a farmer or rancher can't figure out a new piece of...
Jul 24, 2015
The below link provides a fairly detailed overview of the issues surrounding weaning and grazing lambs as well as a look at health and a feeding programs. Following best practices and keeping careful records can greatly increase your efficiency and lead to faster times to market/sale. http://msue....
Jul 23, 2015
Australia has seriously ramped up beef exports to United States in light of drought conditions at home. Much of the exported beef is flowing to McDonald's and large Burger King franchisees. https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2015/07/22/australia-drought-bringi...
Jul 22, 2015
A recently released study by researchers at University of Calgary's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada shows the potential of ear-tag and in-ear accelerometers to monitor feeding and rumination behavior in cattle. Feeding can already be monitored with 95% accuracy...
Jul 20, 2015
On August 16th, Purdue University will help organize a tour of Blue Yonder Organic Farm in North Salem, Indiana. Participants will be able to speak with the proprietor of the farm, Sara Creech, who is a former member of the Air Force, and they will have a chance to speak with experts about...
Jul 20, 2015
Australia will be begin exporting live cattle to China within months after the final parts of a trade deal were solidified. Initial exports from Australia will probably be around 40,000 head, but long term yearly numbers will be much larger. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-20/australian-cattle-...
Jul 16, 2015
An interesting article from the Sheep Site... http://www.thesheepsite.com/news/1295/livestock-adaptation-what-should-y... The writer discusses how many producers have become blinded by high cattle prices and are selecting for the wrong characteristics in their herds. Large carcass size has become...
Jul 15, 2015
In dry and semi-dry areas, prickly pear cactus can be a great source of food for livestock... http://www.allaboutfeed.net/Nutrition/Raw-Materials/2015/7/Dry-areas-to-... It provides an inexpensive and low maintenance addition to diet. The above article notes that while it can not be feed alone, it...
Jul 15, 2015
From Beef Today, an article discussing the need to really understand what is meant by "intensive" grazing... http://www.agweb.com/livestock/beef/article/understanding-the-intensive-... The major take-away here is that intensive grazing is about understanding where you're trying to take your...
Jul 09, 2015
The N. C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Market News Service to offer new price reports for local products Reports for the state-operated farmers markets in Raleigh and Asheville, which list current wholesale prices, are now online. Find Farm to School information, which provides...