Daily Archives: June 7, 2007

Ohio Beef Newsletter Available

The June 6, issue # 540, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefJune6.html

While some parts of Ohio received significant rainfall this past weekend, many didn’t. Regardless, with the “summer slump” quickly approaching, it’s unlikely that the forage production that’s already been lost to a wet winter, late freeze, and dry spring will be reclaimed this year in traditionally managed forage fields. This week, we commit the majority of the BEEF letter to planning to manage yet again with less than anticipated forage production.

Articles this week include:
* It’s Deja Vu . . . all over again!
* Grazing Management in Dry Times
* Is it Time to Consider Early Weaning?
* Summer Annuals for Grazing
* Eastern Cattle Price Trends
Stan Smith
Program Assistant, Agriculture
OSU Extension, Fairfield County
831 College Ave., Suite D
Lancaster, OH 43130

Beef Producers Must Select Proper Needles For Injections

Beef Producers Must Select Proper Needles For Injections

Size and length are important considerations in the selection of needles to use when

giving injections to beef cattle.

For injections given subcutaneously, a producer should select a needle that is one-half or three-fourth inch long. Using a needle that is longer may result in the muscle being penetrated with the tip.

Needles that are one to one and one half inches in length should be used for giving intramuscular injections. Medication that is to be given intramuscularly needs to be injected deep enough to prevent the medication from seeping out of the muscle. A needle that is less than one inch in length will not place the medication deep enough in the muscle.

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Youth Cattle Working Contest: Intense Competition and Great Learning

Youth Cattle Working Contest: Intense Competition and Great Learning

Drs. Dee Whittier and Mark Wahlberg Virginia Cooperative Extension: Virginia Tech

The Virginia Youth Cattle Working Contest had its 2007 culmination at the championship contest held at the Virginia Beef Expo on April 21, 2007.  Statewide 50 teams had competed at regional contests to qualify to compete at the event.  Twelve teams competed in Harrisonburg with the Grayson county team consisting of Mitchell Grubb, Dustin Grubb and Jordan Hash emerging as the champions.

The second place team was from Orange County and consisted of Dillon Harris, Eric Conelly and Kyle McGinnis.  The third place team was the Pulaski 4-H team consisting of Will Beahm, Kelly Beahm and Ty Burton. Only two points of the possible one hundred divided the first 3 teams.

Other teams competing in the state completion included two teams from Tazewell, two teams from Fort Chiswell, three additional teams from Grayson County, an additional team from Orange County and a Highland FFA team.

The contest has grown in popularity in the ten years since its inception when all competition occurred at the Beef Expo.  Regional qualifying completion has become necessary to accommodate the numerous teams desiring to compete.  Competitors demonstrate their skills in processing young beef cattle for health and productivity and learn the concepts of Beef Quality Assurance.


University of Minnesota Byproducts for Pastures Program

University of Minnesota Byproducts for Pastures Program

Benefits to participating in the By-products Program:

􀁀 Proven track record with over a decade of beneficial reuse of byproducts

􀁀 University research used for application recommendations

􀁀 Education programs and field days for both industries and producers to share current research data and cropping improvement technologies

􀁀 Unbiased 3rd party involvement

􀁀 Provide educational programming to local decision makers/residents describing the research on the reuse benefits of these products.

􀁀 Assisting producers in developing environmentally sound crop management systems including the use of industrial by-products as soil amendments.

􀁀 Develop packets for individual fields including information about land ownership, soil types, soil analysis, and determine application rates based on crop type and soil analysis. 􀁀 Develop, research and secure funding for new potential uses for by-products.


Increase Cattle Value by Keeping Records

Increase Cattle Value by Keeping Records

Justin Sexten, Extension Specialist Animal Systems/Beef

Illini Beef Net

As the 2006 spring calving season begins, producers recording calving data may be able to increase cattle value. On December 12th 2005 the Japanese border opened to US beef from cattle 20 months of age and younger giving beef producers additional marketing opportunities for age-verified cattle. Maintaining written calving records will allow cattle to enter various marketing programs requiring age and/or source verification.


Tips for Starting Cattle

Tips for Starting Cattle

Jeff Pastoor, Beef Consultant, Land O’Lakes Farmland Feeds


How we start cattle in the lot will affect how they perform for the remainder of the feeding period.

The objectives for starting cattle are to get the cattle eating well and to keep the cattle healthy. The driving force for keeping cattle healthy is nutrient intake that supports the immune system and relieves stress. The bottom line is that dry matter intake is the most important driving force for healthy, high performing cattle and the lowest cost of gain.

Here are some tips to follow to reach the goal of getting a great start:

1.      Long stem hay. Feed alone for the first 12 hours. Grass hay is preferred.  Put it in the bunk, after the cattle arrive, to attract them to the bunk. After the first 12 hours, you can deliver some total mixed ration on top of the dry hay. Do not free choice hay in a round bale feeder, some cattle will eat too much hay and not enough starting ration resulting in poor health and performance.


Stocker Cattle Forum: Factors That Affect Livestock Grazing

Stocker Cattle Forum: Factors That Affect Livestock Grazing


Livestock generally prefer to expend the least amount of energy possible. That makes them predictable in their  grazing behavior. They will choose “convenience areas.”

Convenience areas are areas within a pasture or management unit that, because of their proximity to water, level terrain, and/or high quality forage, are preferred by grazing livestock. Given freedom of choice and/or the lack of sufficient enticement, livestock will overuse these convenience areas.

When stocking rates are applied to a management unit, it is assumed that livestock are evenly distributed across the pasture. In practice, this does not occur and convenience areas become overgrazed and less convenient areas are undergrazed. Poor grazing distribution is intensified by placing salt, mineral, and rubs near the water supply.