BAYLIS, Ill. — Some ongoing weather patterns will pose challenges to beef producers in the future, but there will likely also be opportunities for Midwest farmers, Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford told producers at the Orr Beef Research Center Field Day Sept. 1.
Maintenance is always easier when temperatures are in the 70s rather than the 30s, so it’s a good time to make sure livestock buildings are ready for winter.
Crossing beef bulls with dairy cows is not new, but it is becoming more common.
Rising food prices have been one of the key drivers of this year’s inflation woes as farmers across America face surging costs for fertilizer and fuel while also grappling with lingering supply-chain issues and labor shortages.
LEXINGTON, Ill. — A purebred Angus cattle producer for almost 30 years, Dave Duzan switched gears into a different segment of the beef industry.
Beef exports continue to run higher than a year ago, based on the latest data. University of Tennessee ag economist Andrew Griffith says a variety of factors are driving this.
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), potentially one of the most worrisome contagious cattle diseases, is a disease that primarily affects animals with cloven hooves like cattle, sheep, and goats. Its impact is huge, with the potential to cause over $130 billion in losses in the U.S. cattle markets…
Elliott Dennis is an assistant professor of livestock marketing and risk management in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska with a research and Extension appointment.
LOVILIA, Iowa — Tucked in amongst the hills of southern Iowa is Whippoorwill Creek Farm, where John Hogeland and Beth Hoffman work to establish themselves in the world of grass-fed beef.
RICH HILL, Mo. — Tyler Black first entered the meat goat world about seven years ago. He bought show goats for his two sons and kept them back as breeding stock.
Livestock producers continue to face challenges from high feed costs. Iowa State University ag economist Lee Schulz says it has been a trend for a couple of years now.
Farmers long ago learned it’s not wise to put all their pork in one basket when it comes to exports.
“I think the special prosecutor bill would be huge, because we would get some real answers into some of these investigations,” said Justin Tupper, USCA vice-president and owner of St. Onge Livestock.
Grazing cover crops is becoming more widely practiced by cattle producers, and more is learned each year.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Farmers, livestock owners and gardeners report that blister beetles are appearing in large numbers this summer, says Pat Miller, University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist. Blister beetles produce a toxin that can harm livestock.
Using embryo transfer technology is another tool in the toolbox for cattle producers looking to improve genetics.
MINIER, Ill. — With a future muddied by pandemic impacts, recession worries and global conflict, young farmers are setting their paths in agriculture with a mixture of practicality and hopeful optimism.
True to its roots, Wheeler Livestock Auction at Osceola, Missouri, remains a family-owned and operated business where bidders can be confident in buying farm-fresh cattle and sellers know the whole sale barn team is working to get them the best price for their animals.
Located in the heart of cow-calf country amidst the rolling hills of Union County, Iowa, Creston Livestock Auction serves producers of Southwest and South Central Iowa as well Northern Missouri.
Developing a fall calving herd can be challenging, but it can also provide opportunity.
Of all the challenges faced by livestock owners and animal caretakers in the wake of damaging storms, one potentially serious animal disease might not appear until days or weeks later – tetanus.
HOLSTERBRO, Denmark — Jude Becker and Bertel Hestbjerg are friends who visit each other’s farms as often as they can, sharing ideas about pig farming. The two live on different continents 4,200 miles apart.
HEJNSVIG, Jutland — While experts share ideas to solve big problems, individual farmers are doing their part to make a difference.
A good risk management plan can sometimes mean the difference between profitability or red ink, says Lee Schulz, Extension livestock marketing economist with Iowa State University.
Weaning time is rapidly approaching for many cow-calf producers, so now is the time to develop an effective plan.