Winter checklist for cattlemen
January and February represent two of the tougher months for the cattleman and cow herd.
During these months, we can experience the coldest weather of the year.
Snow, ice or extremely wet weather also can be added to the list.
The cow-calf operator with a fall-calving herd has young calves on the ground.
Spring-calving operations will start to calve soon.
The Positives of Pooling
By Alaina Burt Managing editor, Beef Magazine
Kentucky is the largest cow-calf producing state east of the Mississippi River. Despite boasting 1.1 million beef cows, Kentucky’s average herd size is just 29 head. As a result, calves typically sell in smaller groups.
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But the 13 members of the Barren Beef Group have given up their independence for the bigger payouts that come with pooling their calves to build bigger, more uniform lots.
“It’s just makes financial sense,” says Robert Wilcoxson, group member and feeder for the group. “Even with 170 head of cows, I can’t put uniform groups together
Forage Focus: Forage Expert Examines Nutritive Value Vs. Quality
Forage producers who want the best silage, hay or grazing should remember that quality and nutritive value are related, but not necessarily the same thing, says a Texas Cooperative extension specialist.
“Nutritive value is what we read in the lab analysis,“ says Larry Redmon, extension forage program leader. “Forage quality encompasses nutritive value, but goes a step further to include the livestock component.
“Do they prefer it over other feed? Is their intake good? Do they gain well on this feed? These three things are the livestock component of forage quality.“
National Western Lends Support to Regional Cattlemen
Denver – In an effort to help the ranchers devastated by recent snowstorms in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska, the National Western Stock Show is helping raise money for the National Cattlemen’s Foundation’s (NCF) disaster relief effort. The 2007 National Western Stock Show runs Jan. 6-21.
In addition to making a donation, the Stock Show is getting the word out to patrons by handing out fliers and making announcements during rodeos, cattle sales and shows. National Western’s chairman emeritus Ben Houston also is donating a heifer to the Commercial Heifer Sale on January 17. All the proceeds from the sale of the heifer will be donated to the disaster relief fund.
Black Ink: The “C” Word
by: Steve Suther
Words mean more than what’s in the dictionary. Some can be rhetorical devices loaded with positive or negative undertones. Consider “chase” and all its forms.
A dictionary says the verb means to pursue in order to overtake or capture; to persistently seek the favor of; or, just the opposite, to drive away. The derisive derivative most common in the cattle industry comes from the centuries-old noun phrase, “wild goose chase.” That is, “an absurd search for something nonexistent or unobtainable; any senseless pursuit of an object or end.”
Farmers Look To Corn Stover To Meet US Ethanol Needs
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP)–Explosive growth in the ethanol industry is prompting many corn farmers to look for an alternative source for the alternative fuel.
One place they’re looking is in their fields after the corn harvest.
Scientists are developing ways to turn crop residues such as corn stover into ethanol, and demonstration plants could begin using such materials within the next year, experts said Tuesday during a conference at South Dakota State University.
Kansas City Is Hub of Animal Health Care
By DAVID TWIDDY, AP Business Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The vast cattle pens that once helped move much of the nation’s meat supply are gone, replaced by aging warehouses and the frequent belief that this former frontier town left its agricultural roots far behind.
But not so fast. With little apparent care and feeding, the business of keeping animals well and productive has continued to thrive here, with one consultant estimating that about one out of every three dollars spent around the globe on animal health care flows through Kansas City.