Daily Archives: April 11, 2007

VA Tech’s Farm Business Management Update newsletter

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Tennessee Beef Times available

The Tennessee Beef Cattle Newsletter “Beef Times”for Spring is available by Clicking HERE.
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Tennessee Animal Science Update Available

The Tennessee Animal Science Newsletter for April is available by Clicking HERE.
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Minnesota Beef Newsletter Available

The latest version of the Minnesota Beef Newsletter “Beef Times” is now available in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) by clicking HERE.

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Ohio Beef Newsletter Available

he April 11, issue # 532, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefApril11.html

As graziers and pasture managers, perhaps our greatest challenge is in the spring when we’re trying to find the middle ground between grazing too early/too often and too little/too late. This week, Rory Lewandowski offers thoughts that will help us find that place perfect place “in between” which optimizes our pasture’s productivity.

Articles this week include:
* Forage Focus: Get Ready to Graze
* We may soon need a Pesticide Applicator Certification to control rodents on the farm?
* HEIFER DEVELOPMENT: Prior to Calving
* Alfalfa Weevil Present?
* Weekly Roberts Agricultural Commodity Market Report

Stan Smith
Program Assistant, Agriculture
OSU Extension, Fairfield County
831 College Ave., Suite D
Lancaster, OH 43130

e-mail:  smith.263@osu.edu
voice:   740.653.5419 ext. 24
fax:      740.687.7010
Fairfield Co. OSU Extension – http://fairfield.osu.edu
OSU Beef Team – http://beef.osu.edu

April Beef Management Calendar

April Beef Management Calendar

John B. Hall, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Virginia Tech..


Spring Calving Herds

    * Finish calving

    * Check cows 3 to 4 times per day, heifers more often – assist early if needed

    * Keep calving area clean and well drained, move healthy pairs out to large pastures 3 days after calving

    * Ear tag all calves at birth; castrate and implant male calves in commercial herds

    * Give selenium and vitamin A & D injections to newborn calves

    * Feed cows extra energy after calving; some protein may be needed also

    * Implant calves at turnout if not implanted at birth

    * Keep high quality, high magnesium, high selenium minerals available

    * All bulls need a breeding soundness exam 30 days before start of breeding season


Fall Calving Herds

    * Creep graze calves while on cows

    * Give pre-weaning respiratory vaccinations – IBR, PI3, BVD, BRSV, pasteurella

    * Collect 205 day weights on calves; weigh and body condition score cows

    * Wean commercial calves based on  marketing plan for calves – many valued added feeder cattle programs require calves to be weaned 45 days

    * Re-implant commercial calves – do not implant replacement heifers

    * Pregnancy check cows 60 days after bulls were removed

    * Continue feeding high magnesium minerals to prevent grass tetany


Pastures and Forages

    * Fertilize pastures and hay fields according to test

    * Begin managed intensive grazing

    * Check hay making equipment

Livestock Drinking Water Quality

Livestock Drinking Water Quality

by P.N. Soltanpour and W.L. Raley

Colorado State University

Quick Facts…

    * Test livestock drinking water for salinity and toxic elements if water quality is not known.

    * Take a representative water sample for any testing.

    * The National Academy of Sciences proposes general guidelines for use of saline waters and for upper limits of toxic ions in water. There are no easy answers or quick fixes for toxic water problems.