BeefTalk: The Right Bulls Produce the Right Calves
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
What is important is to look at the numbers and find a bull that will work within your herd.
The discussion when to breed cows has to end eventually. Spring and breeding time is here at the Dickinson Research Extension Center.
In the eyes of the judges
Garden City Telegram
It might have appeared to someone not paying much attention Wednesday that Marcine Moldenhauer was just standing in a pen full of cattle.
Look a little closer, though, and one could see Moldenhauer’s eyes moving from one steer to another, and then her eyes judging cattle in the heifer category as Moldenhauer judged the 41st annual Live Show Wednesday.
Farm Bureau urges more comment on costly EPA rule
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is poised to use the Federal Clean Air Act to implement a non-conclusive finding that greenhouse gases endanger the public health and welfare. Missouri Farm Bureau President Charles Kruse sent a letter to Missouri’s Congressional Delegation asking them to urge EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to extend the public comment period another 60 days beyond June 23rd.
Are UFOs responsible for cattle mutilations?
Although we’ve yet to receive any reports of cattle mutilations in Webster County, a couple of recent macabre crimes in both Wright and Douglas counties have been brought to my attention.
On Friday, I was making an ad call at See-More Auto Sales with Derek Terry when Raymond Wilson told me about a friend of his in Wright County who had a cow mutilated.
Delta Fair/Mid-South Fair will fill livestock void as big show relocates
Memphis Commercial Appeal
For city people, the cattle, sheep and pigs at regional and state fairs offer a simple look at rural life.
But to the young people who raise, groom and breed those animals, competing in local fairs increases the animals’ value and helps them potentially earn money for college.
The Mid-South Fair was for 152 years the place area youths went to show. But its transition status in Southaven this year means no livestock competitions.
Spring pastures can be deadly
The Prairie Star
The sight of new green grass in spring pastures is a welcome one but it can also be a deadly one. Grass tetany, also known as staggers or pasture poisoning, is fatal in 30 percent or more of untreated cases. Every year cattlemen in Montana and Wyoming lose livestock to tetany. Dr. Donal O’Tooele, a professor of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Wyoming, admits “we don’t see all the cases that are out there since many producers know the clinical signs.”
Post Protocols To Improve Consistency Of Calf Health
Despite efforts by many dairy producers to refine their management practices for newborn calves there is still room for improvement. The most critical factor is feeding colostrums. This important management practice continues to be a constant challenge to attain consistent colostral passive immunity transfer to calves within the first 24 hours after birth.
Calf Vaccination Guidelines
John Wenzel, Clay P. Mathis, Boone Carter, New Mexico State University
Calf vaccination is an important part of every herd health program. An effective vaccination protocol can be developed to fit most operation and management approaches. This guide describes three calf vaccination approaches that have been successfully implementedin cow-calf operations in New Mexico. However, producers should consult with their local veterinarian to design a vaccination program that fits their particular operation.
Vilsack supports livestock tracking to help trade
Gregory A. Hall
Louisville Courier Journal
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told a group of Kentucky farmers yesterday that he supports a controversial livestock tracking system that some producers fear will be made mandatory.
VA Livestock Producers Part of Federal Survey
Cattle, sheep and goat producers in Virginia will be surveyed in July as part of a national livestock inventory.
Herman Ellison with the National Agricultural Statistics Service says about 150 cattle producers and nearly 100 sheep and goat producers in Virginia will be contacted.
Montana Range Days teaches rangeland importance to youth, adults
More than 300 youth and adults learned the ins and outs of Montana’s No. One resource – range – during annual Montana Range Days conducted on the historic Graham Ranch located near Conrad, Mont.
County resident Charles Hatcher named state veterinarian
Charles Hatcher, co-owner of Hatcher Family Dairy on Arno Road, was named state veterinarian today by Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens.
Hereford genetics popular with young cattle producers
The Cattle Business Weekly
Economics have always driven the genetic decisions made on the Wiese and Sons Hereford operation in Manning, Iowa. Gene Wiese, 78, says that’s what has sustained the Hereford operation his grandpa, Ed began in 1912.
Advice for Stresses Herds
Minot Daily News
For producers this year, as with many, troubles seem to start and end each new endeavor.
Snowstorms and frigid temperatures throughout the winter caused many to become dangerously low on feed. Early spring snowstorms greeted producers in the beginning of their calving season and flooding saw them through until the end. Late spring saw cool temperatures and damp conditions that delayed grass growth on grazingland and stunted nature’s ability to get rid of excess water on the land.
AngusSource adds value and builds buyer demand
Southwest Farm Press
Like commercial producers everywhere, Teresa and Doug Mondani, who ranch near Ione, Calif., have been looking for ways to capture more dollars from their cattle so they can remain competitive during these tough economic times.
So back in 2005, the Mondanis enrolled their calves in AngusSource, an industry-leading, process-verified program developed by American Angus Association that verifies the age, source and genetics of their calves.