The January 17, issue # 521, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at:
Obviously, our Western neighbors have lost significant numbers of cattle that will never reach market to recent storms. However, are there other longer term fed cattle market implications historically from such weather (and also grain market) events? Nevil Speer explains in this week’s letter.
* Winter + Corn = ???
* Poor Temperament Adversely Affected Performance & Profit
* Improving Beef Quality
* Forage Focus: The Case for Forage Legumes
Program Assistant, Agriculture
OSU Extension, Fairfield County
Beef Stocker Trends
“First, identify the sensitive variable you think you can use to improve your profitability. Second, examine what effect a small change in this sensitive variable will have on your marginal returns. Lastly, determine the marginal cost of making the small change. If marginal returns are greater than the marginal costs, move forward with making the needed change. These small changes can surely help you achieve a bigger profit and/or reduce a loss,” says Walt Prevatt.
Master Cattle Transporter Training
Story by Troy Smith
Angus Beef Buletin
Ken Real is always glad to see a load of incoming feeder cattle arrive in good shape. The Nebraska cattle feeder is relieved to see them unloaded at the feedyard, uninjured and showing minimal stress. It’s even more satisfying to see newly arrived cattle make the transition to their new environment with a minimum of sickness.
Grassley introduces packer ban
by Jason Vance
Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley is introducing a bill that would ban packers from owning livestock for slaughter.
“Outlawing packer ownership of livestock would make sure the forces of the marketplace would benefit farmers just as it does the slaughterhouse,” Grassley said. “You could say packer ownership of livestock frustrates and compromises the marketplace so the farmer doesn’t get a fair chance.”
Precalving fat supplementation
by Rick Rasby, Extension beef specialist, University of Nebraska
Adequate energy is needed to achieve optimal reproductive performance in beef cows. Historically, energy for beef cows is supplied through the forage resource base, either grazed or harvested. If energy supplementation is needed during conditions when forage is lacking, high-energy supplements that have a base of corn, wheat midds, barley, or grain byproducts such as distillers’ grains and corn gluten feed are often used.
Raised by raising cattle
By following their father’s footsteps, two Wyoming sisters found a life they love and, in the process, funded their futures
By Joey Bunch
The sisters grew up raising and selling their own cattle. The profits have paid for their educations, and on Tuesday they were splashing through the stockyard muck to groom their shorthorn steers for the market sale at the National Western Complex stockyards.
“They do all the work,” said their proud father, Lee Elliott, of the two accomplished cattlewomen he raised. “I don’t have to tell them anything.”
The pair have sold hundreds of cattle on their own over the years.
Cattle Update: Grass Tetany Revisited
Unfortunately for several cattle producers in the state, grass tetany season arrived early and with a vengeance. Reports of cows down from grass tetany have been coming in to the Extension offices. The following article is an abbreviated version of a January 2007 article in the Mississippi BCIA newsletter. It describes grass tetany prevention and management practices for Mississippi.
What is grass tetany?
Grass tetany, also known as grass staggers or hypomagnesemia, is one of the more common metabolic disorders in beef cattle in Mississippi. Grass tetany results when magnesium (Mg) and calcium (Ca) levels in forages are too low to meet the requirements of cattle and cattle do not receive adequate Mg and Ca supplementation. Grass tetany can result from low magnesium intake, high potassium (K) and low sodium intakes (which affect magnesium absorbtions, or low blood calcium