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  • Garlic Smash

    Published on October 22, 2021

    The easiest way to remove the skin from garlic it to SMASH it!

  • JBS Holstein Contract Comparison Tool Webinar

    Published on June 3, 2021

    Dr. Jerad Jaborek introduces the JBS Holstein Contract Comparison Tool and highlights the differences between the old and new contracts available for Holstein cattle feeders to market their finished Holstein steers with JBS. Jerad also discusses some of the implications of the basis and dressing percentage changes on cattle value, as well as the implications of the seasonality of the choice/select spread price.

  • Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle: On-farm Considerations

    Published on June 3, 2021

    In the third session of the Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle program hosted by Michigan State University and Ohio State University, Jerad Jaborek (Michigan State University) and Garth Ruff (Ohio State University) share some on-farm considerations for beef on dairy cattle. Jerad begins by reviewing a on-farm survey about current beef on dairy practices on dairy farms in the Midwestern U.S. Jerad also explains how to interpret beef cattle expected progeny differences (EPD) when selecting a beef sire. Jerad discusses the importance of proper nutrition, including colostrum, calf starter, and the transition to a feedlot ration. Garth discusses some of the marketing options with beef on dairy calves and techniques or management practices that can be implemented to capture additional value.

  • Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle: Beef Genetics and Sire Selection

    Published on June 3, 2021

    In the second session of the Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle program hosted by Michigan State University and Ohio State University, Chip Kemp (American Simmental Association and International Genetics Solutions) discusses some hurdles, facts and what-ifs regarding beef on dairy production. As Chip begins, he shares the past history leading up to the current situation we have with beef on dairy cattle production from a sire selection standpoint. Chip highlights traits that producers need to be selecting for when choosing a beef sire to successfully create a profitable crossbred dairy beef calf. Chip briefly discusses a few different marketing avenues, as well as other resources, such as the IGS feeder profit calculator.

  • Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle: Marketing Dairy Beef

    Published on May 30, 2021

    In the first session of the Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle program hosted by Michigan State University and Ohio State University, Larry Rose (JBS Head of Cattle Procurement) and JT Loewe (JBS Cattle Procurement) have a conversation with the audience discussing marketing aspects of dairy beef. Both Larry and JT share their observations and experiences with crossbred dairy beef cattle at JBS and their future thoughts on the role for crossbred dairy cattle in the beef industry. Additionally, the new contract which Holstein and Holstein crossbred steers can be marketed on with JBS was discussed relative to the old Holstein contract.

  • Getting Started with Chestnuts

    Published on May 12, 2021

    A primer on the Michigan chestnut industry from MSU Extension educator Erin Lizotte.

  • "Women in Agriculture: Taking a Seat at the Table with Confidence" Online Forum

    Published on May 8, 2021

    Today marks the end of Women's History Month, and this year the Farm Business Management team at MSU Extension, in partnership with GreenStone Farm Credit Services, are offering this virtual panel discussion to reflect on women’s contributions and roles in agriculture today and into the future.

  • Building Community Leadership Teams for FIT

    Published on May 3, 2021

    Learn about building an inclusive Community Leadership Team (CLT) for MSU Extension's First Impressions Tourism Assessment program.

  • Recording A Virtual Club Meeting

    Published on April 29, 2021

    Best practices around recording virtual club meetings.

  • Setting Up A Virtual Club Meeting

    Published on April 29, 2021

    Best practices around setting up a club meeting for virtual settings.

  • MSU Extension Field Crops Video Tips S4E2 - Starter Fertilizer

    Published on April 28, 2021

    This week, Extension Educator Phil Kaatz is talking about the importance of starter fertilizer and its placement when planting corn.

  • Stretch Break #3

    Published on April 23, 2021

    Join Heather Hampel, MSU Extension Community Nutrition Instructor, for our third and final stretch break in this series. Rotate all three stretch breaks throughout your day!

  • MSU Extension Field Crops Video Tips Series S4E1 - Feekes 6 Stage

    Published on April 20, 2021

    Ricardo Costa shows producers how to determine if your wheat field is at Feekes 6 stage.

  • Stretch Break #2

    Published on April 16, 2021

    Add variety to your physical activity by joining Heather Hampel, MSU Extension Community Nutrition Instructor, on one of her stretch breaks!

  • MSU Feedlot Educational Series: Effect of Facility Design on Feedlot Cattle Performance

    Published on April 14, 2021

    In session five of the MSU Feedlot Educational Series, Dr. Jerad Jaborek discusses the effects of feedlot facility design on cattle feedlot performance. Dr. Jaborek shares some of the commonly feedlot designs and shares some research regarding slatted floors versus bedded pack flooring systems. The importance of ventilation (natural and mechanical) is discussed as a necessary means to keep cattle comfortable and healthy.

  • Season Extension with Naim Edwards and Abbey Palmer

    Published on April 13, 2021

    The Cabin Fever Conversations crew talks about how to create a longer growing season with some easy home practices with Naim Edwards and Abbey Palmer.

  • Stretch Break #1

    Published on April 9, 2021

    Take a quick 2 min stretch break with Heather Hampel, MSU Extension Community Nutrition Instructor.

  • Conversations in the Community with Morgan Doherty

    Published on April 7, 2021

    We speak with Morgan Doherty of Tender Heart Gardens and Capital United Land Trust in Lansing.

  • PLFA Webinar

    Published on April 5, 2021

    Phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) test, which measures the biomass of the microbes in the soil, is one of the tests that is currently being conducted to determine the microbial population of soil. To understand the PLFA test, the MSU Extension Field Crops Team invited Donna Brandt, Research Specialist with Missouri’s Soil Health Assessment Center, to give a short presentation on soil health, PLFA analysis, and how to interpret a soil health report.

  • Plant Disease with Lori Imboden

    Published on April 2, 2021

    Lori Imboden helps us understanding the complexity of plant diseases to create healthier gardens.