• Lindy Sheppard makes decisions about creep feeding based on access to grazing and whether the dam was a first-calf heifer. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)

    Profit Lines

    Even with low grain prices, supplementing calves is one practice that can wind up in an operation's loss column.

  • A federal judge in Montana allowed R-CALF USA to sut at least thirteen state beef councils. (DTN file photo)

    R-CALF USA to Sue Beef Councils

    The federal district court in Montana granted the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers (R-CALF USA) a motion to expand its beef checkoff program lawsuit to include at least 13 states in addition to Montana, R-CALF USA said in a news release Tuesday.

  • Banding can be stressful for calves, especially if not done correctly the first time. In some cases, like this one, it can lead to serious health problems or even death.(DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Claire Vath)

    Ask the Vet

    QUESTION: Last fall, we banded a bull and later found we missed one testicle. We rebanded him, and he became lame on one leg. He fell over and just laid there. We cut the band after about 5 minutes, but he died an hour later.

  • To sustain your energy when dealing with obstacles, it is helpful to identify, and frequently recall, not just your goals but also the reasons why those goals are important. (Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Family Business Matters

    Focus on efforts that work in combination to help create a comprehensive estate plan.

  • Military veteran possess numerous traits necessary to lead a team in the field and in the barn, making them a good hire for many farms. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)

    Ag's HR Coach

    Military veterans often bring a large number of transferable skills to the farm, which often makes them a good fit for operations large and small.

  • By the time hay seasons ends, Scott Woolfolk (left) and dad, Johnny, will have handled more than 25,000 small, 50-pound hay bales, selling most into the area's horse market.

    Labor Saver

    The Woolfolk name may be best known in cattle circles where the Tennessee family has a reputation for high-quality registered Herefords. But, there's more than cattle to this 153-year-old Century Farm.

  • Brett Reinford (right) talks with worker Dennis Walton in the "depackaging" building, where food waste is separated from its packaging and blended in the anaerobic digester with the manure.(Progressive Farmer photo by Tom Gralish)

    Waste Not, Earn More

    When Steve Reinford and his son, Brett, decided ‌to invest in an anaerobic digester for the ‌family dairy operation in Juniata County, ‌‌Pennsylvania, in 2008, the two had different reasons for pursuing the technology.

Livestock Perspectives

Harrington's Sort & Cull

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