Virginia Leader, cattle consultant, Vernon Kindig passes
The News Leader
Vernon was a graduate of Stuarts Draft High School, Northeastern Oklahoma Junior College and Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. He was employed by the Virginia Angus Association, Abell Industries and Hallwood Enterprises. He also had an American farmer degree with the Future Farmers of America and was a well known beef seedstock consultant and breeder.
Baxter Black: FUTURE COW
Amidst the calls that there should be a Greenhouse Gas Tax on ruminant animals (meaning cows; NOT meaning goats, rice, termites or water buffalo), exciting research is being done genetically to address the issue.
Angus Association issues update on Neuropathic Hydrocephalus
A.I. organizations requested that the American Angus Association provide to the membership the identity of and preliminary test results for Angus bulls tested by Dr. Jon Beever of the University of Illinois to determine whether they were carriers or free of the mutation identified for severe hydrocephalus that Dr. Beever and Dr. Steffen are now referring to as Neuropathic Hydrocephalus (NH).
Assisting the Beef Cow at Calving Time
Jack C. Whittier, Department of Animal Sciences, James G. Thorne, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri
Six to 10 percent of all calves born in beef-cow herds in the United States die at or soon after birth. About half of those deaths are due to calving difficulty (dystocia). This multi-million dollar annual loss is second only to losses from failing to conceive.
Feeding Management for Backgrounders
Dr. Greg Lardy, Beef Specialist, North Dakota State University
Starting Calves on Feed
Bunk breaking or training cattle to eat from a feed bunk can be a difficult process, especially if calves have never eaten processed feed before. Also, calves that have only drunk from streams or ponds may not know what a commercial waterer is.
Put A Lock Down
Consider taking in lightweight cattle between 300 lb. to 400 lb. that are just pulled off their dams and herded into a backgrounding yard. If you’ve ever tried to manage a group of cattle like this, you know the potential for a coming wreck.
Making cows count
Cows can’t do math, but their owners should at least do some counting. From financial balance sheets to stocking rates, a precise inventory is a must.
Beyond that, you need cows that are worth owning. Cows that matter, that count because of what they can profitably produce. That’s true regardless of herd size, and it’s true for the U.S. beef industry.
Age and Source Verification: Implications for Cow-Calf Producers
Brett Barham, Ph.D., University of Arkansas
As the Japanese and other foreign Assistant Professor – markets reopened to U.S. beef, there is increasing demand for source- and age-verified cattle. These export markets require that age and source claims be documented and verified through a recognized USDA program. These programs include the USDA Process Verified Program (PVP) or a USDA Quality System Assessment (QSA), two separate programs that will meet the export requirements of all our trading partners. Once a producer has decided to market animals as source and age verified, the difficult question becomes which program is the best one to use.
Grass Tetany May Occur in Mature Cows on Wheat Pasture
Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University
Grass tetany, caused by magnesium deficiency does not seem to be a major problem in Oklahoma although occasional cases are reported. It typically occurs in beef cows during early lactation and is more prevalent in older cows. The reason is thought to be that older cows are less able to mobilize magnesium reserves from the bones than are younger cows.
Selecting a Beef Breed
Dan T. Brown, Extension Animal Scientist, University of Georgia
New cattle producers frequently ask, “Which breed should I choose?” This questions brings cold chills to the spines of many very knowledgeable cattle producers and excitement to the hearts of just as many enthusiastic breeders. The diversity of resources and management capabilities of any operation makes this question difficult to answer. This publication provides accurate, unbiased information for the decision-making process. After reading this publication, you should understand why the only answer is “It depends!”
DNA Profiling: Contemporary Grouping
Before beginning data collection, it is important to have a good understanding of proper contemporary grouping. The environment that a calf is exposed to can have a large effect on how well it performs for all of the economically important traits.
Managing the Calving Season by Altering Feeding Time
University of Illinois
The spring calving season is in full swing for many cow-calf producers. This is an important time of the year; the results of management decisions that occurred several months ago are about to be revealed. Many producers will tell you that this is the most rewarding part of cow-calf production, yet they will also tell you that this time of year is also the most tiring.
Pittsylvania County native a cowboy at heart
Daniel Lanier may not ride bulls or wear a Stetson and alligator skin boots around his Hurt farm.While he prefers Guns ‘n’ Roses to George Strait and would rather entertain crowds with funny antics than bust his backside falling off a horned beast, Lanier said in his eyes he’s no less of a cowboy.
Get going with Galloway cattle
The commercial beef industry, both in the UK and across much of the world, has focussed on continental cattle breeds that require significant consumption of cereals, normally demanding considerable inputs of artificial fertilisers. Systems and cattle breeds have adapted to utilise the abundant cheap cereals, and become reliant on heavily mechanised forage methods, in the latter decades of the twentieth century. As the century closed, significant tracts of uncultivated marginal land in the UK had started to fall into disuse, having become uneconomic for intensively produced beef.
February Beef Exports Maintain Strong Momentum
February beef plus beef variety meat exports increased 4 percent in volume, at 145.8 million pounds, and showed a slight increase in value, at $220.5 million, over February 2008. Beef muscle cut exports increased by 9 percent in volume to 90.3 million pounds and 7 percent in value to $172.9 million, while beef variety meat exports dropped slightly in volume to 55.5 million pounds and declined nearly 17 percent in value to $47.6 million.