Strategies for Small Producers: Strength in numbers
Marketing calves in groups, rather than as individuals, can help command a higher price at the sale barn. That’s the finding of research by Tom Troxel of the University of Arkansas.
Troxel evaluated factors that affected sale price of Arkansas beef calves as they were marketed in fifteen Arkansas livestock auction markets in 2005. He reported on data from over 100,000 head of calves sold in 52,401 lots. Several interesting price differences were noted.
Watch Summer Water Needs Of Cattle
Nutrition, forage quality and mineral needs get the bulk of attention during the summer grazing season, but water is livestock production’s most essential nutrient. After all, cattle can survive weeks without food, but only a few days without water.
It’s important that cattle receive a sufficient quantity of water each day to maximize feed intake, produce milk for the calf and maintain a healthy reproductive cycle. Research shows insufficient access to water reduces cattle’s dry matter intake, which affects production across the board.
Stocker Cattle Forum: Keep The Heat Off
Of course, all experienced stocker operators understand there’s a compelling reason, besides time and buyer demands, to gather cattle during the cooler part of the day. The hotter it is, the more cattle shrink.
August Beef Management Calendar
John B. Hall, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Virginia Tech.
Spring Calving Herds
* End breeding season early in month if not already stopped; pull bulls
* Feed 1st calf heifers separately; give them best forage and supplement if needed
* Consider weaning and backgrounding calves due to drought
* Assess winter feed supplies and options
Prepare for the Future, Even in Uncertain Times
by: Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS
Every year about this time, cattlemen are faced with a host of decisions they have to make. Most of them focus on how they will manage and care for their herd over the next few months – primarily winter. In some areas that’s not a great problem. If you are somewhere in the southern United States and have enjoyed the plentiful rainfall we’ve seen this summer in many locations, the likelihood is good that you have a fair bit of standing forage and cows are in pretty good shape. If you are in other areas of the southern US or in the western states you may not be in as good a position as you would like to be due to drought conditions. Interestingly there are numerous areas that, although they have received more than adequate rainfall, they are still not in a great hay inventory position primarily because producers in these areas have not been able to get into the fields to get hay cut or rolled. Many areas have seen huge amounts of cut grass simply rot in the field.
Key senator asks study of beef trade barriers
The U.S. International Trade Commission was directed by a key senator on Tuesday to report on barriers to U.S. beef sales in major trading partners such as Japan and South Korea.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus asked for the ITC study to be completed within 10 months “to illustrate the negative economic effects of these unjustified barriers on the U.S. beef trade.”
A Democrat from the ranch state of Montana, Baucus said U.S. beef is safe, so trading partners should open their markets. The World Organization on Animal Health gave the United States a “controlled risk” status for mad cow disease on May 22
Hundreds attend hearing on large-scale farm ordinances
by Tim Hundt
Vernon County Broadcaster
Supporters and opponents packed a public hearing Monday on proposals that would temporarily halt all large-scale livestock farm development in Vernon County and set limits on the numbers of animals.
Vernon County farmers showed up in force Monday night, rolling more than 50 huge tractors and farm implements into Viroqua and parking in the streets around the Western Technical College building, where the county’s Health Committee was holding the hearing. Not all of the farm implements were from those who oppose the new regulations, a number of the farm implements and tractors had signs that said farmers support the pending county ordinances.