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Fed Cattle Steady, Boxed Beef Steadily Declines

Cash fed cattle prices continued to trade in a wide range at steady prices. Cattle in the South traded at $115 to $120 live and $180 to $190 dressed. The week’s best news was found in steadily increasing slaughter totals. Even during a holiday-shortened week, estimated cattle slaughter is over 500,000 head, which suggests output…

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Determine Silage Inoculant Based on Dry Matter and Crop

If you use the same inoculant year after year, it’s time to rethink your approach. Choosing which type of inoculant to use each season should be based on the dry matter and condition of the forage you are putting up.  There are three basic types of biological microbial inoculants: Classical homolactic acid bacteria inoculants are…

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Five Key Priorities for Making Quality Silage

With the limited hay crops in some areas, beef producers may want to consider harvesting corn silage to supplement the cow herd forage supply. Corn silage can be a very cost-effective feedstuff for cow herds, but proper harvesting, storing and feeding are critical to maintain silage quality and feed value. Hugo Ramirez-Ramirez, Iowa State University…

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Drive-Over Pile Construction

Drive-over piles are a common silage storage structure. A well-constructed silage pile can be one of the most economical choices for storing forage. However, drive-over piles can be difficult to pack, which may result in dry matter (DM) losses. These disadvantages can be minimized with preparation before harvest and fast work during pile construction. Preparation…

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Ask the Quality Silage Experts: Silage Smells

Q.     My silage doesn’t smell right. Should I feed it anyway? A.    It depends on the smell. In fact, the smell of silage can help troubleshoot fermentation problems.   A slightly sweet, acid smell may indicate a good fermentation has occurred.  An acetic or vinegar smell can point to an elevated acetic acid level or…

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State Fair Cancellations Shatter Dreams Across the Country

Heartbreaking.  In one word, that’s how Kamryn Kreis, 18, described the announcement that the Ohio State Fair had been canceled for 2020. This was not how her last year of showing pigs at the state fair was supposed to go.  Nearly 2,500 miles away, Alyssa Donich, 18, felt the same way when she heard the…

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Europe's Calm FX, Bond Markets Masking Anxiety?

That Eurozone bonds have been stable is remarkable.  Not only have bond holders had to contend with dramatically deteriorating fiscal conditions across the currency zone, but, on May 5, Germany’s Constitutional Court upheld several complaints against the ECB’s Public Sector Purchase Program (PSPP), which is the main vehicle used by ECB to prevent a widening…

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5 Professional Development Webinars Announced

A lot has changed in the past few months, but the opportunity to participate in continuing education has not. The Ameican Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) has made sure of that by developing a new series of webinar programs, designed with you in mind. AABP members can register and listen live to the AABP webinars…

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Controlling Internal Parasites with Safeguard

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Serbian Cheese A Bargain Compared To Bundy Trials

Your federal government spent $22 million in 2018 on a development grant to subsidize the production of Sjenica cheese – a unique creamy white cheese produced only in the rural highlands of southwest Serbia. Yes, Serbia, the landlocked country of 7 million people in southwestern Europe. We know about Uncle Sam subsidizing Sjenica cheese because…

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