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Rabies is usually associated with dogs or bats, but it also can develop insidiously in a variety of mammals. Rabies in livestock, such as cattle, may be rare, but its ability to spread through the herd still poses a serious risk. Read more

Direct beef purchases from the farm continue to be an emerging trend as consumers want to know both the story and faces behind the products they are purchasing, according to an expert. Read more

Mineral nutrition is complex, with different macro minerals (required as percentage of diet) and micro minerals (required in ppm of diet) that are of concern. Our forages also do not stay the … Read more

Annual forages are a useful tool to help manage risk. From a crop management standpoint, they can be used to manage erosion risk and build more resilient soil profiles. From a livestock manage… Read more

My youngest sister is a Vice President for a Fortune 500 company, communicating with and often traveling to the major financial centers of the world promoting her company’s stock to mutual fun… Read more

The term medicated feeds include feeds containing FDA approved medications intended to be included in animal diets. This would include medications such as chlortetracycline (CTC) use in minera… Read more

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) is a disaster program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA). The program provides a payment to livestock owner… Read more

Pasture managers looking for answers on when the best time to mechanically clip pastures will find the answer in this episode of Forage Focus. This past winter, host- Christine Gelley- Extensi… Read more

Here in Southeast Ohio, we have had three good chances at making hay and once you have finished, it may be a great time to either fertilize or lime fields. Proper use of lime and fertilizer is… Read more

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Is your average cow size greater than it was ten or twenty years ago? As breed genetics and harvest weights change, the cows grazing pasture today tend to be larger than they were 10 or 20 yea… Read more

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When it comes to cattle handling, you get out of it what you put into it. On one hand, desirable behavior like quiet and easy-handling cattle can be developed with careful handling. On the fli… Read more

During drought and other poor environmental conditions that reduce forage growth, there are concerns for poisonous weeds in pastures and hay. Livestock may be forced to graze on weeds that nor… Read more

During dry conditions, establishing a sacrifice area may help prevent livestock from overgrazing and damaging a small farm’s grazing resources, a North Dakota State University Extension agent … Read more

Producers who are experiencing drought-related challenges will have an opportunity to learn more about the programs the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has to offer … Read more

Just as agricultural economists advise beef producers to follow a risk management strategy when it comes to cattle marketing, those same principles are important when anticipating drought, sai… Read more

Maintaining forage cover and using it for pasture or hay production should meet conservation compliance demands. A diverse group of people representing the local cattle organization, feed stor… Read more