Intro To Calving
Montana Cowboy College
To understand my life you must understand calving, as calving season is the peak season in a ranch cowboy’s life.
In Montana, most ranches are termed cow/calf operations – the herd of cows is maintained year-round to produce a new crop of calves every year.
Dystocia: The Challenge
Alright, today I started to write this long, informative post about dystocia in livestock and how much livestock producers dread these problems during birthing seasons. Instead, I will spare you the details and share with you why I find calving season such a challenge.
Do you know your unit cost of production?
Tri State Livestock News
When University of Nebraska Extension Educator Aaron Berger asked a group of cow-calf producers if they knew their cost of production, there was total silence in the room.
Bud Box Bonanza
Cattle handling is steadily changing as the old ideas of driving animals with shouts and hotshots gives way to low-stress techniques using animal behavior to quietly move animals.
Cattle Vaccine Could Reduce E. Coli Outbreaks
The battle against E. coli contamination in the nation’s food supply has a new weapon, but consumers are not likely to see its benefit anytime soon.
Epitopix, a Minnesota-based veterinary vaccine company, recently released a vaccine that promises to help prevent cattle from carrying E. coli O157 — a bacteria strain that, although harmless to livestock, can be deadly to humans.
Cattle’s traditional and natural diet is grass, not grain. Consuming grass-fed instead of grain-fed beef can have significant effects on overall health. Unfortunately, in recent years large agricultural corporations have diverged from feeding cattle a natural diet of grass to unnatural grain.
Study shows costly consequences of regulating dust
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is concerned that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) current review of National Ambient Air Quality Standards of the Clean Air Act could result in the regulation of coarse particulate matter (dust) at levels as low as 65-85 µg/m3, or twice as stringent as the current standard.
UT Extension offices face more budget cuts
State lawmakers made serious cuts last year to agricultural programs in the state.
More than $5 million was cut from University of Tennessee Extension offices. Eighteen positions were eliminated in East Tennessee offices.
To make matters worse, federal money is expected to be taken away next month.
New tool now available for beef producers
Fort Scott Tribune
Thanks to financial support from the Beef Reproductive Task Force, a multi-state extension group, beef producers are now able to access the Bovine Estrus Synchronization Planner on the Web at no charge.
A farm-to-table story starring Oak Steakhouse and Yon Family Farms
Charleston City Paper
The purpose of this field trip is educational. The destination: Yon Family Farms. Bacon, Jacobson, and Palmer want to meet the farmers who raise Certified Angus Beef cattle. They want to witness firsthand the care that goes into the cows that become their steaks.