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ISSUE DATE: 06/18/2012

Decisions, decisions

By Jennifer M. Latzke

Every dairy cow has a primary job on the dairy--produce enough milk to meet production goals.

But deciding when that dairy cow is done with her job and should be culled is a balance of a cow's historical performance with her future expectations. For producers in the rapidly expanding dairy belt up and down the High Plains, culling decisions must also factor in the harsher environment and the changing makeup of herds.

Typical Holsteins are pretty hardy. However, dairy breeds like Jerseys and Jersey crosses are becoming more popular for their added milk solids, which are marketable to cheese plants cropping up in the area.

A Texas AgriLife research project is compiling data from dairies in the Texas Panhandle and New Mexico. Lead researcher Pablo Pinedo, AgriLife Research ruminant animal health scientist in Amarillo, and his team hope to find how long these Jersey cows should be kept in production in the High Plains before culling.


NEWS

Extension staff use blogs to connect with targeted groups
Farmer panel gives global view of agriculture
Grant helps Farm to School Task Force fight childhood obesity
Kansas Sampler Foundation presents We Kan! awards
Kansas State Parks mobile app available
Secretary Dale Rodman named Distinguished Alumnus
Senate approves governor's Kansas Bioscience Authority appointments
USDA announces microloan proposal for small farmers
Volunteer fire station built with USDA funds
Western youth will travel to Mongolia

CROPS

3i Show to feature Tractor Giveaway, Vintage Saturday
Determining corn yields
Dry trend hard on cotton
FSA county executive director named
Gardner Wheat Tour visits Kit Carson, Lincoln counties
Hoffman Harvesting moves into Kansas, rescues a fawn
Iowa State to host Research Farm Field Days
Kansas Agri-Women officers elected
Kansas Corn files as intervenor in Mississippi River Basin lawsuit
Kansas Soybean Commission to hold meeting
KAWG, KWC meet new Hays wheat breeder
K-State updates irrigation FUELCOST software program
Large parts of Texas remain dry
Managing herbicide-resistant weeds
MGGA welcomes U.S.-Colombia FTA implementation
Misener crew harvests a lovely crop near home
Nanotech cotton opens new possibilities
Rain slows down Osowski crew
Regional Extension Council Meeting is June 26
Roland teams split up to cut in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas
Scouting for soybean seedling diseases
Study: Reduced tillage doesn't reduce cotton yields
Tractor Daze and Mud Run set for July 14
Zeorians race the rain and finish cutting in Oklahoma

LIVESTOCK

'Building Better Heifers' field days planned in Eureka, Phillipsburg
Colorado Independent CattleGrowers announce intern
Decisions, decisions
Deterring cattle thefts
Drive will raise funds for new Veterinary Diagnostic Center
Feeding wet calves for optimal growth
Fly control near livestock facilities
IMS World Meat Congress to be held in Paris
Jersey heifer sale will raise scholarship funds
KLA offers reward in stolen cattle case
K-State Beef Conference is Aug. 9
KVMA officers installed at June conference
Managing pinkeye in cattle
National Beef Quality Audit nears completion
National Western Stock Show names new chairman
Nebraska Sandhills rancher leads CAB board
Oklahoma Beef Ambassador Contest held
Paste disbudding is a less invasive dehorning method
Show-Me-Select Sale shows strong buyer tendencies
Texas Beef Quality Producer Award nominations open
Texas Bison Association supports National Bison Legacy Act
Texas State-Federal Lab joins national network
Unified Equine Missouri to open meat processing facility
Use ear tags to fullest potential

EDITOR

Budget battles
In the halls of Congress
Ranchers' rights are being trampled

COLUMNS

A peek into the past
Antique Tractor Ride Tire promises smooth ride
Balanced nutrient plan maximizes yields
Different approaches to 'fairness' in the farm bill
Just a scoop full
New grain dryer series debuts
Oren lives
Sara Sell's helping hand

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Corn, soybeans, wheat showed modest losses
Crop development well ahead of average
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City livestock market report
Drought conditions persist
Dry conditions persist
Dryland crops continue to be stressed
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction report
Grain market close
Hay trade steady in most areas
Hay trading is slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin livestock auction report
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most of the state receives rain
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock market report
Planting ahead of normal
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Soil moisture levels lacking
South Central direct sheep sales
Springfield livestock market report
State sees below average precip
Superior video auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Topsoil moisture rated mostly short, very short
Topsoil moisture supplies decline slightly
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warm days, adequate precip continue
Warm, dry conditions stress row crops
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wheat harvest in full swing
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

Entries being accepted for Ozark Empire Fair Hay Show
Grazing lands conference planned

FAMILY

4-H educator joins UW Extension
Burn firewood where you buy it
Community gardens growing more than veggies
Compact ornamental vines now available
East Texas horticultural field day set for June 28
Fifty-six
Greenhouse Production Short Course set for June 20 to 21
Helpful household tips
Hints for combating tomato problems
June garden tips
Maintaining the vegetable garden
Master Gardener help line now open
Meditation
Pack a perfect picnic
Peas and pods--the early taste of summer
Preventing, managing termite problems
Shayna has unique features
Visit Topeka: A summer destination

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