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Important tips on beef cow forages and mineral supplementation

Thursday, February 3, 2011

We often talk about forage quality factors such as percent protein and amount of total digestible nutrients when we look at how good a forage is for a particular group of livestock and if it meets their nutritional needs. Seldom however, are vitamins and minerals in a forage for beef cows even mentioned in the […]

Not-so-proud parenting

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I think every parent has that moment when they think, proudly, “well THAT went well.” For some it’s compliments from others on their lovely child. For others it might be honor roll, student council or “always a delight in class” scrawled on each and every report card. If you are a parent raising a “good […]

Looking toward spring: Get youth outdoors with these seasonal activities

Thursday, February 3, 2011

In my last article — Kids Caring about Conservation — I eluded to the fact that a large percentage of today’s youth do not get a chance to experience the great outdoors. This lack of experience often leads to a complete disconnection with the wild world around them. As we encourage the conservation of our […]

Asian Carp poses threat to future of Great Lakes

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The date is 2019. It’s mid-summer, mostly sunny, with a nice, cooling breeze and sky full of deep blue. What a fine day to head to the deep water. Lake Erie’s central basin is choppy and warm, a perfect day to troll for walleyes. The lines are set, the Cleveland skyline is partially hidden in […]

Looking for the truth in food labeling

Thursday, February 3, 2011

When the nearby link of a national grocery chain hosted a beef sale last summer, this carnivore grabbed his checkbook and motored to the store’s meatcase as fast as the Exploder’s worn wheel bearings allowed. They’re Angus At the store I was greeted with a ruby wave of shrink-wrapped beef loins sporting stickers that announced […]

Grain markets lend new meaning for old song

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Not even Marvin Gaye can tell us what’s goin’ on in the grain markets these days.

Debate continues over beef checkoff

Thursday, January 27, 2011

It wouldn’t be a new year without the big players in the $80 million-per-year beef checkoff — the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, the Federation of Qualified State Beef Councils and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association — squaring off over checkoff money, programs and control. And so it is again as members of this tall-walker trinity gather […]

Referendum on Sorghum Checkoff Program slated

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hello Again! Here’s some news for the sorghum people in your life. The U.S.D.A. has finalized procedures for the upcoming referendum on the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program and is announcing the dates it will conduct the referendum. For the program to continue, the Sorghum Promotion, Research and Information Order requires that a referendum […]

Bottled serenity could cure any illness

Thursday, January 27, 2011

“I was shaken awake by a nasty wind this morning. As I headed out to the barn to begin my chores, I saw that a nice little fall of snow had created a flattering prospect for sleighing.“ — Alexander Smalley, entry in diary, January, 1868 By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy columnist I have often […]

Soil testing supplies useful information

Thursday, January 27, 2011

As I look out my window and see the snow covering the ground, it is hard to believe that spring is just 60 days away. Even with the snow on the ground, now is a perfect time to think about spring planning. Spring planning can include all sorts of projects and goals, such as planting […]

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