This M.F.A. podcast gives beef producers ideas to reduce feed costs in a high feed cost year. Topics include cover crop usage, hay testing, and the nutritional requirements cattle need to thrive. Hosts Cameron and Adam speak with MFA Livestock specialist and beef producer Stephen Daume. Don't miss these tips, tricks, and ideas for feeding your beef herd effectively and efficiently.
In this issue of Today's Farmer magazine you'll find a Q&A with one of your cooperative directors, learn some history on Missouri's 200 years of agriculture, see some technical articles for livestock and crops and learn about Shield APF. There are even some Guacamole recipes and a couple interesting columns from MFA's President and Today's Farmer's Editor. READ MORE BELOW
M.F.A. podcast hosts Adam Jones and Cameron Horine discuss beef marketing with Mike John, manager of MFA Health Track. They go in-depth on modern record-keeping and industry trends with the cattle market. If you want to know where the industry is headed and exactly what is MFA HealthTrack, then tune in here.
When it comes to preconditioning programs, there is no equal to MFA’s Health Track.
After 20-plus years and more than 800,000 cattle tagged, Health Track’s experience and reputation are second to none. Others may try to imitate Health Track’s success, but they always fall short.
by Jim White, MFA Director of Feed Nutrition.
The beef industry is shifting from commodity to value-added. In short, value-added marketing is taking a commodity and creating additional value through management practices, and then marketing that commodity in such a way as to be paid for the additional value created. Even if beef producers take steps to create added value through preconditioning practices, it means nothing if those animals aren’t marketed to capture that additional value. MFA’s Health Track, a Vac-45 nutrition and age-and-source verification program, is one way producers can realize this added value.
Questions and answers with MFA Director of Nutrition Dr. Jim White.
What do you see when you look at a forage stand? A source of livestock feed or a commodity to be sold? The more forage you have, the more cattle you can feed. Fertilizer is a principal input cost for a forage crop. There are no substitutes or shortcuts for providing adequate nutrients. Cutting back on fertilizer will likely cost more over the long run because of decreased yields and stand longevity. We recently dropped in on MFA’s Director of Nutrition Dr. Jim White to ask a few questions about strategies for improving forages and what they can mean for cattle performance. His responses are below:
What is the difference between the MFA Shield products? Here is a definitive explanation of the products, their uses and benefits.
Willis Bruce—not to be confused with actor Bruce Willis—spent his career studying horn flies. Bruce was an USDA entomologist and professor at the University of Illinois who designed an ingenious walk-through horn fly trap in the 1930s and worked to develop other control methods for these pesky little insects.
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