Daily Archives: May 2, 2007

Ohio Beef Newsletter Available

The May 2, issue # 535, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefMy2.html

Don’t forget the eastern Ohio edition of the Ohio Seedstock Improvement Sale is being held at Muskingum Livestock on Friday evening. Find more details in this week’s BEEF Cattle letter.

Articles this week include:
* Forage Focus: Prevent Grass Tetany
* HEIFER DEVELOPMENT: The Economic Importance of Reproduction
* OCA Seedstock Improvement Bull Sale at Hillsboro Posts Strong Averages
* Beef Sector must Pass-on Higher Feed Costs
* 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

Repackaging Heifers

Repackaging Heifers

Lighter target weights may yield more economical results when developing breeding females.

Hereford World

Traditionally, the golden rule in heifer development has been to develop heifers to 60-65% of their mature weight by the start of the breeding season. But new research suggests producers reconsider that recommendation. From an economic standpoint, developing heifers to 50-55% of their mature weight may have more merit, says Trey Patterson, formerly a South Dakota State University Extension beef specialist and now with the Padlock Ranch at Ranchester, Wyo.



Beef Management Tips

Beef Management Tips

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

May Beef Management Calendar

Spring Calving Herds

    * Calving should be coming to an end

    * Give pre-breeding vaccinations to cows – IBR, PI3, BVD, BRSV and Lepto. Use modified live vaccines on open cows with calves; killed vaccines on pregnant cows.

    * Begin estrous synchronization programs for AI (begin AI this month some herds)

    * Breed heifers 2 to 4 weeks before cows

    * Get breeding soundness exams done on bulls

    * Supplement 1st calf heifers with energy through breeding

    * Implant commercial calves at turnout if not implanted at birth

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

    * Make 1st cutting of hay

    * Start creep grazing and/or managed intensive grazing


Fall Calving Herds

    * Creep graze calves while on cows

    * Give pre-weaning vaccinations (IBR, PI3, BVD, BRSV, Pastuerella) to calves

    * Wean commercial calves based on marketing plan for calves – must be weaned 45 days for most value-added programs such as VQA

    * Wean and weigh calves

    * Body condition score cows at weaning

    * Implant commercial calves at turnout

    * Deworm calves if needed

    * Make 1st cutting of hay

    * Continue feeding high magnesium minerals to prevent grass tetany

    * Continue managed intensive grazing; hay pastures with excess forage

Using Self-Feeders

Using Self-Feeders

Jeff Pastoor, Senior Cattle Consultant, Land O’Lakes Beef Feeds.


 Feeding cattle with self-feeders or steer stuffers is a popular option in the Upper Midwest.  They are a very convenient way to feed cattle, however day to day management will make a big difference in the performance of cattle on the self-feeder.

In general, diets fed as a TMR in a feed bunk will give us better performance and lower costs of gain than diets fed through a self feeder.  In trials done by the University of Minnesota, steers fed on a TMR had $23.90 more profit per head than identical cattle fed on a self feeder.  Closeout records from Land O’Lakes would indicate a much larger benefit than this from TMR vs. self feeder.

However, because of equipment costs and the learning curve involved with bunk management, self-feeders are probably the best choice for feeding operations of less than 100 hd.


Not so fast. . .

Not so fast. . .

By Miranda Reiman

Black Ink

“Just four easy payments of $19.95 and you can have your own copy of ‘Make Millions this Weekend.’ Follow the program to make those monthly payments easy.”

Infomercials and ads tout thousands of ways to make a fortune practically over night: real estate, miracle products or “once-in-a-lifetime” investments.

Farming and ranching don’t make the list. Even scam artists know people won’t fall for that. Everybody knows they take real work, time and commitment.

Early on, somebody probably said, “You’re not going to get rich raising cattle.” You took that to heart while the infomercials blared on, then decided to raise cattle anyway. The benefits of working outside, spending time with family and being your own boss easily outweighed dreams of lavish mansions, big boats and fancy vacations.


The key factors that affect the percentage of cows cycling at the start of breeding

The key factors that affect the percentage of cows cycling at the start of breeding

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

The most important factors that determine if and when a cow returns to cycling activity were reviewed by Dr. Jeff Stevenson of Kansas State University.  Over the past 6 years, Kansas State scientists have used more than 2,200 beef cows in estrous synchronization studies.  As a part of these studies they determined which cows were cycling before the start of the breeding season both before and after synchronization treatments.  They then looked at the previous data about each cow and determined the major factors that determined the likelihood that she would have returned to heat by the start of the breeding season.  The research indicated that three main factors were the most important determinants as to whether the cow would recycle before the breeding season began.  Body condition, age of the cow, and the number of days since calving were the biggest influences on incidence of cycling activity before breeding.  Cows ranged in body condition score from 1 (extremely emaciated) to 7 (very fleshy) .


Grass fed beef tastes like history

Grass fed beef tastes like history

Ranchers return to practice of raising leaner cattle without grain, hormones

By Shannon Livick

Cortez Journal

Rancher Josh Boren is very particular about what his cows eat – nothing but grass.

Grazing on fresh, spring grass, Josh Boren’s cattle are healthy and well fed. Josh Boren moves his cattle to another pasture April 24 at his ranch north of Cortez. A lineup of white faces at the Boren’ ranch north of Cortez will be ready to market soon. Josh Boren calls his cattle on April 24 to move them to another pasture.

Grazing on fresh, spring grass, Josh Boren’s cattle are healthy and well fed. Josh Boren moves his cattle to another pasture April 24 at his ranch north of Cortez. Lineup of white faces at the Boren’s ranch north of Cortez will be ready to market soon. Josh Boren calls his cattle on April 24 to move them to another pasture.

The Lazy R/Z Ranch is located at 15509 Colorado Highway 145 in Dolores. Because of the nature of their business, they do not have office hours. People who would like to buy beef can call 882-0141 before they stop by. Visit the ranch’s Web site at http://www.lazyrzranch.com.

For about five years, Boren has been raising and selling all natural grass fed beef on his ranch, the Lazy R-Z Ranch. He said it provides a nice alternative to beef that is started on grass but finished in feed lots with grain and is given hormones and antibiotics.

“It’s so much healthier,” Boren said.

Grass fed beef has been proven to have more vitamin K, is nearly as lean as a skinless chicken breast and has more Omega 3s, Boren said. It also has fewer calories.