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Dairy Focus: Managing Feed Refusals

By ecrawford from Ag News from NDSU. Published on Feb 26, 2015.

Dairy producers need to find the balance between feeding too little and too much.

BeefTalk: Commercial Beef Production Benchmarks for 2014

By rmattern from Ag News from NDSU. Published on Feb 26, 2015.

Each year, I look forward to the analysis that generates average values for beef traits.

BeefTalk: Got the Calving Book Handy?

By rmattern from Ag News from NDSU. Published on Feb 19, 2015.

A calving book is a book that allows producers to write down the tag number they put in the calf to record the date of birth as close as possible.

Preparing for Healthy Calves is Vital

By ecrawford from Ag News from NDSU. Published on Feb 11, 2015.

A pre-calving program, later calving seasons and feeding pregnant cows properly help make calving go smoothly.

BeefTalk: Feel Good by Feeding Some Alfalfa

By rmattern from Ag News from NDSU. Published on Feb 05, 2015.

Adding some alfalfa hay to a low-quality feed base will make supplementing the ration easier.

BeefTalk: Feed Those Cows the Right Amount of Feed

By rmattern from Ag News from NDSU. Published on Jan 29, 2015.

A common mistake that is made as the weather warms is to reduce the feed a little bit.

BeefTalk: Register Those Bulls!

By rmattern from Ag News from NDSU. Published on Jan 22, 2015.

Even if individual animal identification numbers are not available for all the cattle in the inventory, the registration numbers available throughout the purebred business are critical and the heart of the breed association.

BeefTalk: Buy Wisely and Spend Thriftily

By rmattern from Ag News from NDSU. Published on Jan 15, 2015.

The first and greatest cost is maintaining the cow inventory.

Buying Bulls by the Numbers

By rmattern from Ag News from NDSU. Published on Jan 09, 2015.

The workshops will focus on how beef producers can use estimated progeny differences and DNA in bull selection.

BeefTalk: After-the-party Blues

By rmattern from Ag News from NDSU. Published on Jan 08, 2015.

Those who do their homework will lessen the pains of life, but even then there are no guarantees in this business.

Spotlight on Economics: Byproduct Exports Important to Cattle Prices

By rmattern from Ag News from NDSU. Published on Dec 23, 2014.

Beef byproducts include all edible and inedible items from harvested cattle that are not part of the dressed carcass.

BeefTalk: Revising the Bull Pen

By rmattern from Ag News from NDSU. Published on Dec 23, 2014.

Embedding the right EPD values for the chosen traits into the herd is critical for long-term genetic success.

BeefTalk: Step 1 for Bull Buying: Simmental Example

By rmattern from Ag News from NDSU. Published on Dec 18, 2014.

The baseline traits used are simple growth traits that meet my “touchy, feely” criteria.

Buying Bulls by the Numbers

By rmattern from Ag News from NDSU. Published on Dec 17, 2014.

The workshop will focus on how beef producers can use estimated progeny differences and DNA in bull selection.

BeefTalk: Step 1 for Bull Buying: Red Angus Example

By rmattern from Ag News from NDSU. Published on Dec 11, 2014.

I like to start with the basic growth traits, which are those “touchy, feely” traits that connect what I see in the cattle to what the data is trying to tell me.
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