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  • MSU Feedlot Educational Series: Does the High Price of Distillers Grain Work in your Feedlot Ration?

    Published on April 4, 2021

    In session four of the MSU Feedlot Educational Series, Dr. Jerad Jaborek discusses high grain prices, the impact on feedlot operations, and some alternatives to feeding high priced distillers grains. Dr. Jaborek reviews the current price of some commonly used grains, such as distillers, in feedlot rations. Protein digestion and the importance of balancing metabolizable protein of the feedlot ration is discussed. Urea is mentioned as an alternative feed source to supply the animal with adequate amounts of protein.

  • MSU Feedlot Educational Series: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail: Enterprise Budgets and Financial Analysis

    Published on April 4, 2021

    In session three of the MSU Feedlot Educational Series, Dr. Melissa McKendree teaches how to use the MSU Feedlot Enterprise Budget Tool and Dr. Corey Clark discusses financial analysis for feedlot operations. First, Dr. McKendree presents the different functions of the MSU Feedlot Enterprise Budget Tool. The MSU Feedlot Enterprise Budget Tool can offer information regarding the price and nutrient composition of your diets. The MSU Feedlot Enterprise Budget Tool has a yardage cost calculator and budget calculator to determine the income received from the cattle being raised. Additionally, the MSU Feedlot Enterprise Budget Tool allows breakeven analysis for purchasing or selling cattle and a sensitivity analysis section to adjust values in the budget spreadsheet. Dr. Corey Clark discusses the different components to conducting financial analysis for a feedlot operation. Dr. Clark also mentions programs, such as Telefarm, that producers can utilize to perform a financial analysis of their feedlot operation.

  • MSU Feedlot Educational Series: Introduction to Crossbred Dairy Beef Production

    Published on February 1, 2021

    In session 1 of the MSU Feedlot Educational Series, Dr. Jerad Jaborek discusses crossbred dairy beef production. Raising purebred dairy steers for beef production results in some challenges compared with native beef cattle. Additionally, implementing a crossbreeding program on dairy farms where a terminal beef sire is bred to the dairy cows is becoming increasingly popular across the U.S as an option to increase the value of male dairy calves. Research implementing this crossbreeding strategy with Jersey cattle is presented. Along with sire selection considerations and management practices to help make crossbred dairy beef production a success.

  • MSU Feedlot Educational Series: Tips for Raising Dairy Beef Calves

    Published on February 1, 2021

    In session two of the MSU Feedlot Educational Series, Marianne Buza offers some tips for raising dairy beef calves. First, Marianne discusses the importance of colostrum consumption by the calf, colostrum use on Michigan diary farms, and how you can measure to check if the calf has received adequate colostrum. Sanitation practices were discussed to help ensure the prevention of disease between calves. Additionally, when to consider euthanasia was discussed, as well as using necropsy as an investigative means to combat future morbidity and mortality outbreaks.

  • Grazing Virtual Field Day

    Published on October 20, 2020

    A group of top level presenters including MSU Extension experts demonstrate best practices and talk about considerations for effective grazing, with Baseline Farms in Dexter serving as the host site.

  • Grazing Virtual Field Day - Paul Gross

    Published on October 19, 2020

    MSU Extension expert Paul Gross talks about soil health and how it impacts your sustainability in grazing livestock.

  • Grazing Virtual Field Day - Jason Rowntree

    Published on October 19, 2020

    MSU assistant professor and beef expert Jason Rowntree dispels some of the myths around grazing and makes the arguments for its inclusion in a healthy ecosystem.

  • Grazing Virtual Field Day - Nick Machinski

    Published on October 19, 2020

    Nick Machinski explains the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) and how your farm gets verified.

  • Grazing Virtual Field Day - Kable Thurlow

    Published on October 19, 2020

    MSU extension expert Kable Thurlow talks to Baseline Farms operator John Cox about best practices for grazing and what equipment makes it possible.

  • Grazing Virtual Field Day - John Cox

    Published on October 19, 2020

    John Cox of Baseline Farms introduces you to the host site of Virtual Grazing Field Day, Baseline Farms in Washtenaw County.

  • Grazing Virtual Field Day - Adam Shedd

    Published on October 19, 2020

    Adam Shedd talks about making a grazing plan for your farm.

  • Examining the opportunities of Precision Livestock Farming in Cattle Operations

    Published on October 7, 2020

    University of Wisconsin assistant professor Joao Dorea talks about using computer vision systems to improve animal management.

  • Practical Applications of Precision Livestock Farming in Poultry

    Published on October 7, 2020

    Catholic University of Leeuwen (Belgium) assistant professor Tomas Norton discusses applications for precision livestock in poultry production.

  • Emerging Approaches in Swine Precision Livestock Farming

    Published on October 7, 2020

    University of Nebraska professor Tami Brown-Brandl and MSU assistant professor Madonna Benjamin discuss precision livestock applications in swine production.

  • Exploring the Future of Precision Livestock Farming

    Published on October 7, 2020

    MSU associate professor Juan Steibel talks about the added value of data sets in precision livestock farming.

  • Introduction to Precision Livestock Farming

    Published on October 7, 2020

    MSU assistant professors Janice Siegford and Madonna Benjamin team up to introduce some of the topics ahead for MSU's Livestock Technology Virtual Field Day.

  • "What's U.P. @ UPREC?" August 13, 2020, Rotational Grazing

    Published on September 14, 2020

    Farm manager Paul Naasz describes the intensive management grazing system for the grass-finished beef herd at MSU's Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, MIchigan.

  • "What's U.P. @ UPREC?" September 2, 2020, Fall calving

    Published on September 9, 2020

    Farm manager Paul Naasz describes the fall calving program for the grass-finished beef herd at MSU's Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, MI.

  • "What's U.P. @ UPREC?" July 8, 2020, Taking mid-season weights on grass-finished beef herd

    Published on July 11, 2020

    Farm manager Paul Naasz and crew take mid-season weights to monitor rate of gain on the grass finished cattle at MSU's Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, MI.

  • "What's U.P. @ UPREC?" May 20, 2020, Weaning follow-up

    Published on June 3, 2020

    Take a look at the grass-finished beef research herd at the MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center 10 days or so following weaning.