Taking Efficiency to the Next Level
Hereford leaders and breeders pursue data to document and build feed efficiency.
by Teresa Oe
Some things in life are just plain true — hard to test, document or prove with scientific evidence, but generally understood via experience. In the cattle business, one such truth is that Herefords and Hereford-crosses are efficient converters of grass and grain. Generations of cattlemen have told it true. Still, we’ve come to an age where a man’s word often just isn’t enough. Data is demanded.
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Management of Yearling Bulls
Drs. Scott P. Greiner and John B. Hall, Extension Animal Scientists, VA Tech
Winter and spring are the primary bull buying seasons in Virginia. A diligent amount of time spent studying performance information, EPDs, pedigrees and other pertinent information is warranted as sire selection is the most important tool for making genetic progress in the herd. Of equal importance is the care and management of the newly acquired bull. Proper management and nutrition are essential for the bull to perform satisfactorily during the breeding season. With most new herd sires in the state purchased as yearling bulls- management prior to, during, and after the first breeding season is particularly important.
Cattle Identification: Why Register Your Premises?
It gives you more control over the health of your animals.
We can’t predict when a disease outbreak might occur, or how severe it might be if it happens. By choosing to register your premises, you become part of a national animal disease response network. You join industry, State and Federal partners, and producers like yourself – putting you on the frontline of controlling and preventing the spread of animal disease.
K-State Offering New Beef Cattle Medicine Course
Kansas Livestock Association
The Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) will educate additional large animal practitioners by offering a new six-week advanced beef production medicine course. Up to 30 students from K-State and cooperating veterinary colleges will have an opportunity to take the course during May and June.
Many Factors can cause Pregnancy Loses in Herd
by: Heather Smith Thomas
After a cow or heifer is bred, she should calve about nine months plus one week later (283 days, on average). But sometimes accidents of gestation terminate pregnancy early, or other factors (disease or toxins) kill the developing calf. Immediately after conception, when the tiny embryo is travelling down the fallopian tube into the uterus, it is safe from harmful influences. After it reaches the uterus a few days later, however, it becomes more vulnerable to problems. The conceptus is called an embryo during the first 45 days of pregnancy; after that, all the major organs and body systems have been formed and it becomes a fetus. If loss occurs before 45 days of gestation, it is termed early embryonic death.
U.S. FDA Denies That It’s About to Approve Controversial Cow Drug
Environmental News Network.
The Food and Drug Administration denied Sunday that it was about to approve a controversial new antibiotic for cattle that some people fear might harm human health.
And in an unusually strongly worded statement, the agency criticized the Washington Post newspaper for an article that said it was about to do so.
“The Washington Post article made assumptions and drew conclusions that are premature and irresponsible,” the FDA said. “At this time, the FDA has made no decision regarding the marketing application for cefquinome.”
Cattle farmers weather blizzard
Fremont Tribune (NE)
Cold weather and snowfall in February made it difficult for producers to care for and feed livestock, according to the latest Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service report.
In Dawes County, hay was expensive if producers could find it, according to county extension educators. Snow and the resulting muddy fields had “a huge impact” on cow/calf operations, with some cattle producers reporting higher-than-normal deaths of newborn calves and older cows.
In that area, “Most cattle are standing in mud a foot deep,” the report stated.