Taking Stock and Moving Forward
Dr. John B. Hall Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, VA Tech
August is usually a hot but fairly easy time in the cow calf operation. However, this year the dark clouds on the horizon don’t appear to have much rain in them. The drought continues to expand and worsen in most parts of Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic. This August is a good time to take stock of your resources and cattle. Then use this information to make management decisions.
Drought raises potential for cattle to be exposed to plant toxicities
By: Christine Navarre
Watch out for plant toxicity during drought conditions.
In some cases, plants become even more toxic to cattle during a drought, but, more than likely, cattle ingest toxic plants because of the lack of other feedstuffs.
This article examines some of the plants to watch out for and addresses additional factors that contribute to this problem.
Minimizing Heat Stress in Beef Cattle
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Soaring summer temperatures not only affect humans, but cattle as well. Heat stress is hard on livestock, especially in combination with high humidity.
Heat stress is defined as any combination of temperature, humidity, radiation and wind producing conditions higher than the animal’s thermal neutral zone. The upper limit of which is the so called upper critical temperature. Beef cattle cool themselves primarily through a combination of respiratory tract (most important) and skin evaporative loss (sweating).
Heat stress occurs when the body temperature is elevated due to excessive heat production or high ambient temperatures, or reduced heat loss. High temperatures (above 28°C (82°F)) coupled with high humidity can cause heat stress in cattle, which can lead to a reduced breeding efficiency, milk production, feed intake, and weight gains. In the worst case, heat stress may increase the chance of illness and may even cause death.
Cattlemen Invited To Town Hall Meetings With NCBA CEO Terry Stokes
Pierre, SD (August 9, 2007) – National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) CEO, Terry Stokes will be in South Dakota August 22, 23, and 24 to join the president of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association (SDCA), Scott Jones in addressing local producers. Stokes will be speaking August 22 at Dakotafest in Mitchell addressing several important industry issues, including the 2007 Farm Bill, the impact of activist agendas on agriculture, trade, and environmental and renewable fuels issues. The issues update and panel discussion is scheduled in the DakotaFest Forums Tent at 1:00 PM (CDT).
Santa Gertrudis Breeders international Elects New Leadership
Kingsville, Texas – The historic Menger hotel in San Antonio, Texas was the location of the 56th Santa Gertrudis Breeders International annual meeting and conference. With many in attendance it certainly was a meeting to remember.
History will be made within SGBI when the first female president takes the gavel this year to lead the association. Jane Wendt, Wendt Ranches, Bay City, Texas has been elected to serve as President of Santa Gertrudis Breeders International Jane and her husband Dan, former SGBI President, have been in the Santa Gertrudis business for over 50 years. Serving with Jane as her officers are: Robert Briggs, Briggs Ranches, Victoria, Texas – Secretary/Treasurer; Lamar Kelly, Southern Breeze Ranch, Midway, Alabama – Vice President Marketing and Promotions; Robert Silva, Krebs, Oklahoma – Vice President Breed Improvement and Ira Barrow, Liberty Ranch, Kiowa, Oklahoma – Vice President Youth Activities.
Factory farming, online
How does your county stack up?
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
A new interactive map posted by Food & Water Watch shows concentrations of American factory farms at the national, statewide, and even county-wide level.
The map allows a variety of searches: by animal quantity, by farm quantity, even by type of animal (beef cattle, hogs, dairy cows, broiler chickens, and laying hens). A scrollable list at the right of each map shows the top farm polluters, by state and by county, for each type of animal.
Missouri cattleman says State Fair important
by Julie Harker
The Missouri State Fair in Sedalia is about showing livestock, but it’s also about getting together with other producers. Central Missouri cattleman Jim Puyear says it’s a chance to see livestock people you don’t get to see but once or twice a year…
“You get their ideas, find out who they’re breedin’ to, so on and so forth. It isn’t like we call each other on the phone every night. It’s nice to have a fair to put us together to where we can see each other, exchange ideas.”