Michigan Farm News
  • Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch plans major expansion

    Category: Livestock, Markets & Weather

    by The Right Place/Farm News Media

    Herbruck's Eggs

    Herbruck’s plans to construct three cage-free pullet-rearing facilities to raise 2.5 million young hens, (known as pullets) annually in Ionia. The project, which also calls for significant investments in aviary equipment and construction, will create 33 jobs over the next three years.

    Ongoing growth ahead for U.S. pork industry

    Category: Livestock

    by Rabobank, Farm News Media

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    Exports will continue to play an important role in overall demand and pork industry profitability.

    It’s turkey time!

    Category: Livestock, Markets & Weather

    by AFBF

    turkey hanging

    These fundamentals suggest the price of Thanksgiving’s key ingredient – the turkey – could be lower this year.

    Is grass-fed beef good or bad for the climate?

    Category: Livestock

    by University of Oxford

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    The report throws cold water on claims that grass-fed beef benefits the environment.

    Animal ag: Continuous improvement

    Category: Livestock

    by Animal Agriculture Alliance

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    “Our report explains how the industry shares the same values as today’s consumer with its never-ending commitment to animal care, food safety, sustainability and responsible antibiotic use.”

    Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show opens Oct. 12

    Category: People, Livestock

    by MGLI

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    The show is open from 8 a.m. on Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. on Friday through Sunday, and closes each day, except Sunday, after the 7 p.m. barn yard pull.

    Be aware of BLV

    Category: Livestock

    by Jacqueline Maeroff

    Beef Cattle MFN 2017

    Successful prevention and control of BLV infection requires understanding how the virus is transmitted

    Storing colostrum: dos and don'ts

    Category: Livestock

    by Faith Cullens, MSUE

    Calf being bottle fed

    Storing colostrum in the fridge or freezer gives flexibility to the colostrum feeding program.

    The effect of corn stover on cattle

    Category: Livestock

    by Monica Jean, Kevin Gould and Eric Anderson, MSUE; Dennis Pennington, MSU Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

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    The objective of the cattle feeding study was to evaluate using stover as an alternative forage for cattle.

    Cottonseed supply stable despite hurricanes

    Category: Livestock

    by Cotton Incorporated

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    Ample, quality cottonseed supplies provide attractive prices for dairy farmers

    Slaughter surges

    Category: Livestock

    by AFBF

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    This does appear to be aggressive culling on the domestic beef side as Canadian imports of slaughter cows is down significantly this year by 32 percent.

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  • Columns

    Apply for building permits at your own risk

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | September 19, 2017 

    Matt ZimmermanIt is generally well accepted that a building permit is not required for buildings used for agricultural purposes if the building does not include retail trade.

    Understanding operating loans

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | September 7, 2017 

    Martin KarperskiFarming is a capital-intensive business, with land, equipment and facilities that can run into millions of dollars.

    Tips to prepare now for H-2A next year

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | July 6, 2017 

    Kimberly Clark pngAs more employers plan to use the H-2A program, completing the following items this year will make an easier transition to H-2A employment.

    Dairy: an unenviable position

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | June 6, 2017 

    Ben SpitzleyThe dairy industry is facing a challenging time, a cyclical downturn that’s lasted longer than in previous cycles, and is expected to continue for at least the near-term.

    Challenges and opportunities for young, beginning and small farmers

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | May 3, 2017 

    Ashley Den DulkFarming is a challenging undertaking, with long days that start early and are filled with physical demands from running the tractor to calving cows to fixing equipment to repairing fence posts.