Livestock News

Using Ag Technology to Make Precise Seed Decisions

Nov 11, 2019

As this year’s harvest season comes to a close, we’re getting our first glimpses of product performance. Every year, WinField® United’s Answer Plot® program generates thousands of data points across a wide spectrum of geographies and environments.  

Farmco Eases Cattle Feeding

Nov 11, 2019

Farmco feeder wagons are proudly made in Ronks, Pa., and sold through your local Co-op.  Farmco feeders efficiently feed your cows, saving you time and money.  Here are two popular models:  

Washington Cattlemen’s Fall Heifer Sale

Nov 11, 2019

The Washington County Cattlemen’s Association (WCCA) will host its 8th Annual Fall Heifer Sale on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray, Tenn. The sale will begin at 4 p.m. Producers are encouraged to come early to view the cattle and register for a buyer number.  

Mineral Supplements Designed for Local Forages

Nov 11, 2019

In a perfect world, the forages grown on our farms would provide all the protein, energy, vitamins, and minerals our cattle need to grow, reproduce, and give milk at a desirable rate.  Since that’s rarely the case, nutritional supplementation has become common practice for beef producers looking to improve the profitability of their operations.  Minerals in particular play a vital role in beef cattle performance and the mineral levels present in our forages seldom meet the requirements of cattle.  Though forages are not completely devoid of minerals, key elements such as phosphorus, copper, zinc, and selenium are often present in low amounts and their content in forages can vary with season and geography.   

Take the Fight to Weeds This Fall

Nov 04, 2019

Did you know fall is an excellent time for weed control? Weeds like buttercup, chickweed, henbit, deadnettle, and musk thistle germinate in the fall and remain dormant in a rosette stage until temperatures start to warm up in the spring. Applying herbicide now is ideal since the seeds are not well established. Once the weeds reach their flowering stage, control is much more difficult.  

Winter Supplements for Beef Cattle

Nov 04, 2019

Winter is in full swing and now is the time to make sure your feeding program has your herd prepared for the upcoming calving season.  Intelligent decisions now can have a significant impact on the health of newborn calves, the amount of milk produced by their mother, and how soon the cow breeds back after calving.     

Scales Take Guesswork Out of Livestock Management

Nov 04, 2019

Livestock management involves many important duties, and having an accurate weight on these animals is one of them. Therefore, it’s recommended that livestock producers utilize scales. As our friends at Tru-Test, one of Co-op’s scale manufacturing partners, say, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure!”  

19th edition is here

Nov 04, 2019

The 2019 edition of the Co-op commemorative 4-H/FFA knife is available at your local Co-op. This is the 19th year for the popular program, which has raised nearly $500,000 for these worthy youth organizations since its inception in 2001.  

Cooperative Research Farm

Oct 28, 2019

Tennessee Farmers Co-op has been apart of the unique partnership, called Cooperative Research Farm member for over 50 years. CRF is comprised of five prominent feed manufacturers serving the livestock & poultry producers and equine owners across five continents. Each member of CRF contributes the resources necessary to be the Leaders in Advanced Nutrition.    

Higher yields mean higher nutrient removal

Oct 28, 2019

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service predicts this year’s harvest will bring in record-setting yields for Tennessee corn and soybean producers. However, with those above-average yields come above-average nutrient removal from soils.   

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