BeefTalk: When Dry, Focus on Heifers and the Young Cows
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Beef production has one fundamental principle: We live and sleep with Mother Nature, so we need to listen to her. Cattle management during drought is about minimizing herd total weight to match reduced forage while maintaining calf numbers. As we enjoy a cup of coffee with Mother Nature, we need to listen because we really do not have much we can tell her.
Can Red Clover Cure Fescue Toxicosis?
As part of his research into how an ingredient in red clover, biochanin A, improves feed efficiency and weight gain in ruminants (see last week’s article), USDA Agricultural Research Service scientist Michael Flythe did his due diligence, looking for other possible effects of this isoflavone. This extra step led to his discovery that biochanin A can prevent fescue toxicosis.
Don’t Forget Tetanus Prevention when Banding Bulls!
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
In the United States, more than 17 million bulls are castrated yearly that range in age from 1 day to 1 year-old. Tetanus (Clostridium tetani infection) is a potentially life-threatening neurologic disease affecting all species of domestic livestock, including cattle.
Calving Apps Make Record Keeping Easier
In today’s day and age, we rarely go anywhere without some kind of technology in our pocket or vehicle. Even in the livestock industry, there is an app for many of the tasks we conduct each day that can make our lives easier if we take the time to learn how to use them. From keeping track of markets, banking, and now even calving records, there’s an app for that, too.
The art of cattle breeding.
Angus Beef Bulletin
The beef cattle industry, especially the Angus breed, has been very progressive during the past couple decades. We’ve used the latest, science-based technologies to make great strides in a relatively short amount of time. Just one of many examples, expected progeny differences (EPDs) have allowed the Angus breed to become the industry leader in growth, calving ease and carcass quality.
Carbon Tax on Beef? Where’s the Science and Logic?
. . . New York Times contributing op-ed writer Richard Conniff pushed the beef-as-environmental-boogeyman theory Sunday. He claims to love eating beef, but writes “our collective love affair with beef…has gone wrong, in so many ways.” Conniff believes it’s time for a carbon tax on beef.
Don’t Make This Too Difficult
Dr. Gary Bates
University of Tennessee
Spring is here, and pastures across our state will begin to grow quickly over the next few weeks. A lot of producers have gone to meetings, read articles, and looked online for practices to make their pastures more productive and require less effort. Sometimes information from one place might contradict something from another source