BeefTalk: Pregnancy Check – Better to be Surprised Now Than at Calving
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Not a Great Day! Not a Great Day!
Keep an eye on what’s going on around you and never assume things were done or done right.
Fall means gathering the cattle and assessing the summer grazing season. If not already done, calf vaccinations should be completed in preparation for weaning and marketing.
Some areas already may have weaned because pastures are short. Others will be letting cows and calves stay a little longer to take advantage of the extra growth because of good rains. Nobody ever said life is fair.
Carcass Ultrasound 101: Becoming A Carcass Ultrasound Technician
Patrick Wall, Director of Communications, The National CUP Lab
American Chianina Journal
The telephone at The National CUP Lab rings often in the spring of each year, but as the bull & female sale season winds down, the clients’ questions begin to change from barnsheets, images and data processing to “How do I become a field technician?” Despite the rapid growth of available scanning technicians in the last five years, there are still parts of the country that thirst for someone to scan their cattle. Seeing an opportunity, a number of creative cattlemen have filled the void in their area by becoming a certified technician. On the surface, getting into the ultrasound scanning business seems quite simple: learn the science, buy equipment, find cattle and scan ‘em. However, there is a lot more involved in building a successful business in the carcass ultrasound industry. Passing the initial certification exam is just one step; mastering the craft of carcass ultrasound takes diligence and literally thousands of head of practice.
The Herd That Feedback Built
Seventeen years of feeding at Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) feedlots has helped a Texas producer build a solid foundation. He figures selection for a high-quality carcass leads to a high-quality herd.
Michael Klein operates Windy Bar Ranch, an Angus seedstock operation near Stonewall, west of Austin, Texas. Every year he castrates up to half of his bulls and sends them to the feedyard, along with a number of heifers. The feedlot performance and harvest data help guide his herd management.
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Q&A Can you explain the numbers that people use to indicate the kind of cattle they want when they place an order with an order buyer? For example….someone might order #1 black and whites or #1, 1/8 ear exotics. The ” #1″ part of that order is what I would like explained. Also, are there any websites you know of that I could go to to see examples?
Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska
Black and white denote hair color. The other numbers are part of a Feeder Grade system that describes the cattle in regard to skeletal size (frame size), muscling, and thirftiness.
Frame size is used because frame is an inherited characteristic that is not greatly affected by normal management practices. Frame size relates to height but also to the weight at which an animal will produce a carcass of a given grade. Larger framed cattle typically reach equal fat thickness at heavier weights than smaller framed cattle.
Implant Strategies for Grid Marketed Cattle
Court Campbell, Ph.D., Fort Dodge Animal Health
University of Minnesota
With the introduction of grids back a few years ago, the job description of the feed yard manager/owner changed. For sure, the duties and responsibilities didn’t decline. Along with the duties and responsibilities you had back in the 80’s and early 90’s, you were also given the task of maximizing cattle profitability based on what you thought a set of cattle looked like under the hide.
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Quality over quantity
Cattle Business Weekly
John David is not big on words, just results. Those can speak volumes. That low key, high achievement approach also resulted in the David Ranch feedlot winning a national honor from Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB).
The Lenora, Kan., operation was recognized at the CAB Annual Conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Sept. 15, with a 2008 Quality Focus Award, for less than 15,000-head feedlots.
Camp Cooley Announces Final Dispersal
Klaus Birkel announced today the final and complete dispersal of the Camp Cooley Ranch registered cow herd. This herd, unmatched in the industry, is the culmination of 15 years of unparalleled breeding and management practices with a continual quest to stay on the leading edge of the genetic curve.