Category: Ask A Farmer

Measuring Livestock Contributions To Greenhouse Gas Emissions

During recent years, activists have taken to placing blame for increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on livestock farming. Claims are that beef and dairy cattle, swine and poultry are greater contributors to increasing GHG levels than transportation. A frequently cited source of these claims are documentary projects like Cowspiracy and Food Inc. As we approach the […]

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Caring for Feedlot Cattle During a Winter Storm

When winter storms strike, livestock farmers and ranchers do a number of things to prepare, not only for their home and family but also for their livestock before the storm hits. On occasion, these storms strike with such a fury, that impacts may be catastrophic and historic in nature. Even in a cattle feedlot.   […]

GMO Conversations with Janice Person | Agriculture Proud Podcast 001

Janice Person is a great friend to many people in the agriculture world. She’s passionate about cotton and loves people. Janice blogs at janiceperson.com and you can find her as @JPlovescotton on Twitter, Instagram and Periscope. If you haven’t investigated her Cotton 101 series, you’re missing out on some cool knowledge about a neat plant. […]

How Are Antibiotics Used in Cattle? | Ask A Farmer

I am often asked how antibiotics are used in cattle. Every situation is different and every veterinary prescription can change depending on a large number of environmental factors. The following Questions and Answers regarding antibiotics use in cattle come from South Dakota State University Extension. Be sure to visit their page to learn more about […]

Ranchers Share Antibiotics Use Following Subway Announcement

If there’s anything positive to note following Subway’s announcement of a new antibiotic-free meat policy, it’s a new wave of farmers publicly sharing more about how they use antibiotics on farms and ranches across the country. While many consumers may be concerned about the use of sub-therapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock, such as feeding […]

Antibiotics Use and Resistance in Livestock #AgChat

Each week, on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. Mountain Time, people from across the farming and ranching community gather for a Twitter chat to discuss what is going on in the world of agriculture. A new topic is the center of discussion each week and ranges from cropping systems to livestock news headlines. A moderator posts the […]

Wildfires Devastating Western States Ranchers

During the summer of 2015, weather in the Northwest U.S. has been dominated by fire season. While the eastern half of the country experienced a wet and cold winter this year, we were well above average on temperatures and dry during a season when most of our annual moisture arrives in the form of snow […]

Cattle Market Trends, Seasonality and Resources

How does the old joke go? If you walk into the sale barn cafe, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to hear a someone griping about the cattle markets or the weather. Two subjects that are ever-changing, and neither will be just right. Too much moisture, or temperature swings to wide. If we sell […]

People Behind The Beef | What Happens in a Cattle Feedlot

(In case you missed it, check out the first part of this series about my introduction to feedlots as a kid to learn where my interest for feeding cattle began.) During the next few years, my interest in the cattle business grew even stronger. I focused on college courses in nutrition and managing feedlot cattle. […]

My Introduction As A Kid | What Happens In A Cattle Feedlot

So what really takes place at a cattle feedlot? Many folks refer to these places of business as factory farms. There is strong fascination among activist groups to uncover acts of cruelty and abuse from these locations, not only animal abuse, but irrevocable harms to the surrounding environment and communities. I have been lucky enough […]

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