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ISSUE: 09/22/2014

Water just as important as the grass in grazing systems

By Kylene Scott

Water for grazing livestock is just as important as the grass. Some livestock can rely on creeks, streams and ponds, but in drier areas they must rely on caretakers to provide water for them.

“Water in a tank or a trough is better than anything else you can gather up for livestock water,” Dusty Tacha, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) rangeland management specialist said. “They’re going to pick still water or standing water over moving water.”

Water quality issues can also come into play when livestock are out on the range.

“Water out of a tank is far better than water in a pond where we’ve got animals wading in that same pond,” Tacha said. “Any kind of growing animal whether it be a calf, heifer or steer is going to gain better off of fresh water as opposed to those other surface water sources.”

It’s important to watch the quality of the water when evaluating water sources, Tacha advised. Some range managers have to deal with hard water, among other quality issues.

“It’s always good if you’re going to drill a well to have it tested to make sure that it’s within all the parameters that’s good for livestock water,” he said.

OCA Range Round-Up celebrates 30 years of cowboys and charities

By Jennifer M. Latzke

Don’t let those gruff exteriors fool you.

Underneath layers of leather and pearl snap shirts, cowboys have big hearts.

If you needed proof of that, you only had to watch the 30th annual Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) Range Round-Up, Aug. 22 and 23 at the Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Twelve teams of ranch cowboys competed for top honors while also raising funds for the Children’s Miracle Network.

“2014 will mark the 18th year that our selected charity has been the Children’s Miracle Network,” explained OCA Range Round-Up Committee Chairman Tim Drummond. “In that time, the OCA has donated more than $441,500. We like to call the event, ‘Cowboys Helping Kids.’”

Drummond said since its inception, the OCA Range Round-Up has had a history of helping charities in Oklahoma. The work of the Children’s Miracle Network really touches the members of OCA.

“When you see those children, and the trials that they’ve had to go through in their short lives, it really kind of touches you,” Drummond said. The committee usually meets one time at the hospital in Oklahoma City to visit children who are directly affected by the organization’s donations. And, on the second day of performances, ranch cowboys and OCA members host some of the Miracle Kids at a simulated ranch rodeo at the arena so they can have a taste of cowboy life.

'Carcass Challenge' participants can sign up until Oct. 1

For the fourth year, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) is sponsoring a “Carcass Challenge” contest that lets cattle producers compare their genetics over a level

Extension launches 2014 farm bill dairy education seminars

University of Minnesota Extension and the Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture began a series of free dairy education seminars recently to help

UNL Animal Science Alumni Reunion set for Oct. 10

An alumni reunion for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Animal Science is set for Oct. 10. Tours of the Animal Science Complex begin at 4 p.m., social time in East

Using ultrasound to market and manage cows and heifers

By Robin Salverson South Dakota State University The use of ultrasound in the beef industry is growing, but the question remains, “How can it create more dollars in my po


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