Mark Parker: The Top 10 random comments from the preg-checking chute
#10. You said I oughta cull her five years ago, Doc, and she’s had two darn nice calves since then.
#9. Look at it this way, you bought a half-price bull and he settled half the cows.
Baxter Black: He Wondered How He’d Tell Her
The rancher told his foreman, “Looks like things are gettin’ tough
The price of calves is deadly, heck, there may not be enough
Do you possess the characteristics of an intentional beef producer?
Western Livestock Journal
To be successful, any business person must develop a plan and then devise a strategy on how to work the plan to accomplish desired goals. That’s especially important in the cattle business, where most cow-calf producers would agree that the return on investment on an annual cash basis is typically low.
Tips for Low-Stress Cattle Gathering and Driving
Get things off to a good start by approaching animals in a non-threatening way (i.e., at an oblique angle, not directly towards them). Start slowly, giving them time to decide to move off of your pressure, so it becomes their idea to head in the direction you want. Conventional handlers tend to make them move off, often by inducing fear (e.g., by yelling, siccing the dogs on them).
Lactating animals need quality feed in late winter, spring
No matter what type of livestock you raise, chances are they’re either lactating now or will be soon. Many beef producers, for example, breed for calving in March and April. This is a key time to make sure you’re feeding your best forage. Lactating animals need higher levels of nutrition compared to gestating animals.
JBS USA recognized for aligning with beef sustainability framework
JBS USA recently became the first beef company to achieve recognition across the cow/calf, feedyard and processing segments of the supply chain for alignment to the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework. The framework is an industry-adopted resource that outlines key areas of sustainability and opportunities for improvement across the beef value chain. It is comprised of high-priority indicators, sector-specific metrics and sustainability assessment guides.
BRD diagnosis in feedlots may become easier to make
The Western Producer
BRD is the most common and economically important disease affecting feedlot cattle. About 15 percent of cattle in North America are treated for it and it’s responsible for about 70 percent of illnesses and 40 percent of deaths. Costs are estimated at more than $1 billion a year.