Anti-ag Green New Deal goes down in embarrassing defeat
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Last week, the Green New Deal went down in a public and very telling defeat in the U.S. Senate. The telling aspect was that that a rally in support of the bill was attended in large part by anti-agriculture activists, according to the Oklahoma Farm Report.
Senate Republicans were joined by two dissenting Democrats in voting no on the bill, while the rest of their Democratic colleagues voted present - effectively abandoning the Green New Deal to its fate, according to Scott Yager, chief environmental counsel for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
Yager says the threat this movement poses is far from over, insisting new legislation will continue to pop up in various forms as time goes by.
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Driving cows and calves – how to make sure they stay together
The primary problem when driving pairs is cows and calves getting separated, which often leads to runbacks, or at least to very unhappy, stressed-out cattle and people. But it needn’t be that way, reports onpasture.com.
Cows and calves trail all over by themselves and don’t have runbacks, right? Have you ever seen a runback when humans weren’t around messing with them? So, that tells us that trailing out is natural to cattle–they already know how to do it–so think how nice it would be if we could stimulate that natural behavior.
Click here for a short course on how to accomplish that.
How will the current market environment affect market dynamics moving forward?
According to his comprehensive analysis of the current beef markets, Oklahoma State Extension Livestock Market Economist Derrell Peel says current weather conditions combined with the culminating effects of this past winter continues to create uncertainty about how the cattle market will play out this spring. The extreme flooding in some regions which has resulted in devastation will surely have an impact on crop and livestock markets for many weeks and months to come, he says.
Recent floods will impact beef markets directly, though it may be somewhat deferred as it will likely take many weeks to fully assess the damages, according to the Oklahoma Farm Report.
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Chute-side vaccine cooler a useful tool for cattle producers
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To be effective, modified-live vaccines must be kept cool. Most people use a cooler to keep the vaccine cool, but what about the syringes? When working cattle outside, coolers can be easily modified for syringes. Inserts can be made through the cooler by using PVC pipe and work well to keep syringes cool and out of light while in use.
And add ice or ice packs early. It may take up to an hour for the cooler to reach the needed 45-degree mark, reports Southwest Farm Press.
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Detailed instruction on the construction of a chute-side vaccine cooler is available online at http://facts.okstate.edu.
Hereford cattle in Mongolia
Hereford beef cattle were first introduced into Mongolia in the 1950s from the Soviet Union and established on state farms in Selenge and Bulgan provinces. Known in Mongolia as Selenge or Kazakh Whitehead cattle, they adapted well to the forest-steppe landscape and harsh winters of north-central Mongolia.
In 1991, with the transition from the centrally-planned economy to the market economy, the assets and livestock of the state farms, even the prized Hereford cattle developed during three decades of selective breeding, were privatized and livestock were given to employees of the farms. Some of the employees knew little about raising livestock. The quality and productivity of the Hereford cattle declined.
Click here for a fascinating description of how Mongolian cattle producers finally recovered and restored better genetics to their herds.