Summer pneumonia of suckling calves
Calves managed with their dams on grass pastures are considered to be at low risk for developing pneumonia because they are not facing any of the risks typically associated with bovine respiratory disease (BRD) (i.e., trucking, commingling, diet change, etc.)
Water, an Important Nutrient
Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska
A number of factors interplay and make water requirement and needs difficult to assess. Because feeds themselves contain some water and the oxidation of certain nutrients in feeds produces water, not all must be provided as drinking water.
Taxpayers Win Tax Court Ruling in Cattle Case
John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law
In a new Tax Court case, Freddie and Edith Stromatt won on the question of whether their cattle activity was to be treated as a business [T.C. Summary Opinion 2011-42]. This underscores the fact that an unfavorable result at the audit stage can be reversed if you are determined to fight it.
Cattlemen’s Beef Board CEO resigns
The Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) Executive Committee has accepted Chief Executive Officer Tom Ramey’s resignation June 28, after his more than 17 years of committed service to the beef checkoff. Tom served as both the CBB’s chief financial officer and, most recently, as chief executive officer.
BeefTalk: Is the Y in the Road Grass or Grain?
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The cattle business has many components and is divided into various enterprises that individual producers opted to participate in. The cow-calf segment always has been the starting point, with subsequent divisions or new enterprises branching off the cow-calf business.
Cattle Graze Under Center Pivots
Strong corn prices and a need to revitalize his forage stand led Atkinson, NE, producer Gordon Dvorak to move from irrigated pasture to grain production in 2010-11. But the Atkinson, NE, farmer/rancher says he’s going back to forage in 2012 to allow his 300-head Red Angus cow-calf pairs to gain weight faster and keep them closer to home while utilizing fewer acres.
Western ranchers fight push to give up brands
Topeka Capital Journal
Ranchers have long used brands to keep track of their cattle and deter rustlers, but many now fear branding will become just another relic of the Old West as federal regulators look for new ways to track meat from hoof to plate.
Kit Pharo rebuilds grass-fed genetics into beef cattle
Twin Cities Daily Planet
Not all cows are created equal. In fact, says cattle breeder Kit Pharo, most beef cattle raised across the U.S. look and perform differently from the animals that roamed across our prairies just three generations ago.
Wet spring stresses pastures and forages, changes grazing plans
Rain kept farmers from planting corn and soybeans for several weeks, but the relatively unprecedented precipitation this spring had another significant consequence: pasture and forage stress.
Sharpen Your Feed Efficiency
With sky-high concentrate prices, it’s tempting to switch to cheaper by-product feeds for lactating cow diets. But I strongly urge: "Whoa!"