Monthly Archives: February 2007

Manage Your Semen Tank to Insure Semen Quality

Manage Your Semen Tank to Insure Semen Quality


by: Mel DeJarnette, Select Sires Reproductive Specialist

Cattle Today


When was the last time you stopped to think about the dollar value of the semen inventory in your liquid nitrogen refrigerator? You might be surprised at the final tally.


Although semen costs are only a small percentage of overall expenses in a dairy or beef cattle operation, the absolute value of your semen inventory at any given time may represent a significant sum of money. Proper tank management is essential to keep your investment secure.


Care of the Newborn Immediately After Calving

Care of the Newborn Immediately After Calving


Dr. Glen Selk, Oklahoma State University


       Delayed passage through the birth canal in the face of a faltering placenta compromises oxygenation of the calf.  Although the calf is able to breathe as soon as its nose passes the lips of the vulva, expansion of the chest is restricted by the narrow birth canal.  This situation is seriously aggravated when continuous forced traction is applied.  As soon as the calf’s head has passed the lips of the vulva, traction should be interrupted, the nostrils cleared of mucus and cold water applied to the head. 


Ethanol production is linked to cattle in Nebraska

Ethanol production is linked to cattle in Nebraska


By: Michelle Haney

Daily Nebraskan


The growing ethanol industry in Nebraska is creating benefits, opportunities and challenges for researchers and beef producers in the state.


Nebraska’s ethanol industry is at an advantage because its plants are close to where the corn is produced. Also, there is a large cattle industry to take advantage of the wet and dry byproducts of ethanol production, which can be used for feed.


“If ethanol production is increased, then byproduct production is increased as well,” said Galen Erickson, an associate professor of animal science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Nebraskans need to find ways to take advantage of those byproducts, he said.


Muddy feedlots a negative for cattle

Muddy feedlots a negative for cattle


By Adrian Sanchez

Columbus Telegram (NE)


COLUMBUS – The recent snow and rainfall isn’t helping groundwater levels much but is having a negative effect on livestock.


Allan Vyhnalek, agricultural extension educator for the Platte County Extension Office, said the recent moisture will not contribute much to the coming growing season, but is causing great difficulty for livestock producers.


“The weekend precipitation is not going to help the crops a whole lot (because) it will have little effect on ground moisture because the ground is frozen,” Vyhnalek said, but the “cattle and feedlots are thawing. (The animals) are pushing that water in,” creating mud.


Because of the cold, wet and muddy conditions, he said, the local cattle industry is negatively affected from a loss of net profit.


Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Begins

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Begins


The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo has officially started, KPRC Local 2 reported Tuesday.


An international crowd flocked through the gates when they opened at 9 a.m.


A family of cattle breeders from Honduras makes the rodeo an annual trip.


“We come here every year to see what’s new,” Jose Ramirez said. “If there’s cattle we like and we can buy, we’ll take it.”


There are things for everyone of every age spread over 300 acres at Reliant Park.


USDA supply and demand report supports long term

USDA supply and demand report supports long term


By Brian Hoops, Midwest Market Solutions, Inc.

The Prairie Star


Corn – The November USDA supply/demand report was a very supportive long term report as the USDA once again lowered the 2006 production forecast as well as tightened the ending stocks forecast.


The USDA estimated the 2006 corn crop at 10.745 billion bushels, down 160 million bushels from last month’s report. Carryover was also lowered from 996 mb from the October report to 935 mb in this report. Total usage remains record strong at 11.790 billion bushels, meaning the U.S. will use over 1 billion bushel more than what it produced in 2006. This is amazing considering the crop in 2006 was the third largest in history.


Profit priorities revealed in new cattle producer study

Profit priorities revealed in new cattle producer study


American Cowman


A comprehensive study to prioritize management and economic issues for commercial beef cow-calf producers has been unveiled. In fulfilling the mission to provide programs and services that will aid commercial cattle producers to achieve profitability, the American Angus Association SM commissioned an independent, in-depth study to provide a blueprint for prioritizing profit drivers in today’s cattle operations.