Livestock

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  • Field studies in central Missouri indicated the walk-through fly trap produced roughly 50% control of horn flies averaged across the season. (Photo from University of Missouri archives)

    Ask the Vet

    An old idea is gaining converts, as some cattle producers struggle to find effective horn fly controls for their herds.

  • While virtually all meat production sectors have aggressively kicked into high expansion gear over the last several years, the pool of packing house workers has clearly ebbed more than flowed. (DTN graphic)

    The Market's Fine Print

    With U.S. packers and the meat industry in general feeling the pinch of a chronic labor shortage, politicians would be wise to follow the words of the hymn "Come, Labor On" in crafting immigration policy, suggests DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington.

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was $11 lower at $149 per ton. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DTN DDG Weekly Update

    The DTN domestic dried distillers grains price slid lower to an average of $149 per ton for the week-ended June 14.

  • Toxicosis is caused by grazing endophyte-infected fescue. The endophytes give the fescue resiliency to heat and drought, but the fungal compounds also can negatively affect performance of animals grazing it. (DTN/Progressive Farmer image by Becky Mills)

    Endophyte Work Around

    Feeding a variety of feedstuffs helps reduce fescue toxicosis. Corn gluten feed, distillers grains, soy hulls and red clover are among the ingredients that comprise a beneficial diet.

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