Wheat as an alternative livestock feed

For those farmers faced with low quality wheat this season, incorporating that wheat into livestock diets may be an option, but Steve Boyles, Extension beef specialist at Ohio State University says there are factors to consider, such as how much wheat to substitute for grain in the ration. For those who have not had much… Read more »

EASYZYME improves feed utilization, pig performance

The elevated prices of corn and soybean meal are driving more and more swine producers to feed alternative ingredients, such as distillers dried grains with soluble, wheat midds and corn germ meal.  Diets with alternatives ingredients often contain higher amounts of fiber and non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) compared to traditional corn and SBM diets.  According to… Read more »

A visit with NPPC president Doug Wolf

Pork producer Doug Wolf of Lancaster, Wisconsin is the president of the National Pork Producers Council.  On the last day of World Pork Expo, we visited with Wolf about this year’s Expo, feed availability concerns, the possibility of feeding higher percentages of distillers grains to hogs, and trade issues. AUDIO: Doug Wolf (6 min MP3)

Dairy grazing grows as do profits

Management intensive grazing for milk production is gaining popularity among dairy producers. Tony Rickard, a University of Missouri dairy specialist in southwest Missouri, is one of the organizers of the National Dairy Grazing conference to be held in July in Springfield, Missouri and he tells Brownfield why it’s becoming so popular. AUDIO: Tony Rickard &… Read more »

Four-state dairy nutrition conference in Iowa

Dairy producers are invited to the Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference held June eighth through ninth in Iowa. Held at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, the conference will address the latest research information on Dairy industry issues. The conference is put on by Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa extension agencies. Topics for the… Read more »

Cattle feedlot issues focus of research grant

A $14 Million dollar USDA grant for genetic beef cattle research is going to the University of Missouri and Texas A&M to tackle two of the costliest problems in feedlots: feed inefficiency and Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD). Dr. Jerry Taylor is head of animal genomics at the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources… Read more »

Taking dairy cows off feed discouraged now

The high price of corn has the livestock sector considering just how to deal with feed costs. A University of Illinois animal scientist strongly suggests dairy farmers keep their cows on full rations. AUDIO: Mike Hutjens (3:00 mp3)

Cattle feeding today not for the fainthearted

As fed cattle prices have soared to record levels in recent weeks, so has the level of volatility in the cattle feeding business. Cattle feeder Kent Pruismann of Rock Valley, Iowa says the “fear factor” is much greater with cattle prices and input costs at current levels. “Overnight we can have a huge move in… Read more »

Dairy farmers forced to tighten belts even more

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Dairy farmers have been tightening their belts for so long, there’s not much belt left to tighten.  At the recent I-29 Dairy Conference in Sioux Falls, we visited with Su Sybesma of Dutch Made Dairy, Platte, South Dakota, about some of the things they are doing to increase efficiency in their dairy operation. And  University of Minnesota dairy… Read more »

CattleFax analyst offers a 2011 corn market forecast

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Livestock producers are understandably edgy about the supply of corn and the price of corn in 2011.  At the recent Cattle Industry Convention in Denver, CattleFax market analyst Brett Stuart presented CattleFax’s outlook for corn prices.  Stuart says they expect to see the corn market reach its highs in late spring and early summer—and that… Read more »