Drought has potential three-year ‘tail’ on beef production
Livestock producers who fail to properly manage the drought could find themselves dealing with the consequences long after the rains return, says a Purdue Extension beef specialist.
DNA: An Arriving Tool
Here and now, heifer development is expensive — and that looks to increase. Feed and economic resources demand efficiency and consumers want quality. So how will cattlemen do it? Lifting a page from breeders of the agronomic sort, the spotlight turns to DNA.
Feeding cows in the drought
Mark Hilton, DVM
Mark Hilton, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, Purdue University, is getting a lot of calls from producers on what and how to feed cows during the drought.
Hilton says producers need to conserve forage during the drought so they won’t have to buy hay in January. He recommends getting cows off pastures now.
Long, Hot, Dry Weather Exacerbates Summertime Cattle Illnesses
Oklahoma Farm Report
With the summer time weather, illness can become an issue in cattle on pasture. K-State beef veterinarian Larry Hollis is here to better explain three major illnesses, pink-eye, blackleg, and foot rot. Pink eye is one that will be especially bad this year with an early start to fly season.
Unfavorable weather stresses livestock, their producers
The Fence Post
Low humidity, cool nights, cool breezes off the mountains and other aspects of the climate on the high plains of northeastern Colorado make the region one of the best in which to raise livestock — normally.
Two-stage weaning reduces stress
The Western Producer
In a two-stage weaning study, it was determined that the biggest stress factor on calves was caused by being separated from their mothers, rather than being unable to suck.
Will there ever be any beef here?
Northern Valley Beacon
Northern Beef Packers continues to inspire doubt and despair in the Aberdeen community. The local newspaper has put together a special online section on the company, most of which chronicles the mechanics’ liens filed against it for non-payment of its contracting bills. This year alone, 13 liens for $1.3 million have been filed against it, and some contractors have abandoned their work until they are paid.
Beef Producers To Cull Cows As Drought Strenghtens
Hay & Forage Grower
“I don’t know what the cows are eating,” says Darrin Henderson, Madison County extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The pastures he’s seeing are nothing more than dirt and stubble.
Wyoming ranchers sell off cattle in record amounts to cope with drought
Casper Star Tribune
Normally the Torrington Livestock market sells about 3,500 head of cattle in May. This year, it sold more than 18,000, said Michael Schmitt, one of the market’s owners. In June, it normally moves about 1,800. This year, it sold more than 17,000 head.
Special youth program to be offered at Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course
Youth can learn more about the beef industry during a special hands-on program held in conjunction with the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 6-8 at Texas A&M University in College Station.