The August 15, issue # 549, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefAgst15.html
There’s still time to register for next week’s “Handling, Feeding, and Marketing Cattle for Profit” program in Ross County. This week, Nevil Speer, a featured speaker for the program, offers his thoughts on the recent resurgence in the fed and feeder cattle markets.
Articles this week include:
* There’s More Than One Kind Of “Producer”
* Wrecks Are Not Desirable; Vaccinate Your Calves Now
* Forage Focus: Managing Alfalfa During and Following a Drought
* Yellow Feed
Putting Up Drought Silage
Jeff Heldt, Ph.D., PAS
The drought of 2002 has left us all scratching our heads on what to do with our field crops that have received very little moisture this year. I have put together a summary of some key issues available on the web and through various publications to help determine how to best use drought damaged corn to get the most out of the hard work and expenses it took to put the crop into the ground.
How are you Dehorning your Cattle?
Ropin’ the Web
Almost all animal industries carry out some routine management procedures that cause pain. Procedures such as castration, tail docking, branding, dehorning and beak trimming cause short-term pain for long- term benefits. There is little argument that the procedures are important. However, the controversy arises when we begin to discuss how and when they should be carried out. In regards to dehorning, should we use caustic paste, electric dehorners, cutters, wire, gouges or scoops? Should we perform this procedure on day old calves or wait until weaning?
Caregivers of animals have a responsibility to society and to animals to identify the procedures that cause the least amount of pain and the least amount of set back to the animal. Once the ideal procedure has been identified we should try to move the industry towards that ideal. With regards to dehorning, we already know that the least painful procedure and the one that causes the least set back in growth is to remove horns by genetically selecting for polledness. In cattle, horns are inherited as an autosomal recessive gene, polledness being dominant. In one breeding season, a producer can breed a herd of horned cows to a polled bull (homozygous for the polled condition ) and have an entire polled calf crop.
We’ve received several questions regarding the baling of oats for dry hay in the fall. All agree, at the very least it will be a challenge. While doing some research on the subject of growing and harvesting oats for forage, Curt Stivison from Fairfield County SCWD found some research out of Canada which offered the alternative of killing oats with glyphosate, allowing them to dry down while standing, and then mowing and baling the dry oats. In Canada they call it “yellow feed.” The following is excerpted from a note Curt received from Russel Horvey, Beef and Forage Specialist from Alberta.
Students Encouraged to Apply for Beef Industry Scholarships
Applications are being accepted for the 2008 Beef Industry Scholarship Program, sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and the CME Group. All entries must be postmarked by October 5, 2007.
Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to young people pursuing careers in the beef industry. The program encourages talented and thoughtful students who have demonstrated a commitment to a career in the beef industry, either through classes, internships or life experience. Graduating high school seniors or full-time undergraduate students enrolled at a two-year or four-year college for the 2008-2009 academic year are encouraged to apply.
With Approach of Silage Harvest, Pioneer Offers Advice
With areas of the country experiencing hot, dry weather conditions – Pioneer is reminding growers of the fast approaching silage season – and encouraging them to take note of crop conditions now – and to initiate a field-by-field moisture testing program.
According to Pioneer – dry or drought-like conditions in nearly every state have caused some producers to salvage their crop and minimize losses by harvesting early. But silage harvest timing is critical. Pioneer says it’s important not to harvest too late – missing the optimum harvest window – and then storing and feeding too dry silage or high moisture corn.
Bovine TB found in Colorado
By Tom McGhee
A Colorado rodeo bull has undergone a necropsy to determine whether it carried bovine tuberculosis as part of an investigation that, so far, has found one other animal testing positive in the state for the disease.
Tests are expected to be completed next week.
Infected cattle must be found in two or more separate herds before the U.S. Department of Agriculture can yank a state’s TB Accredited Free State status, said Terry Fankhauser, executive vice president of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.
Colorado Agriculture Department spokeswoman Christi Lightcap said the bull now being tested was found in a separate herd from the other that tested positive.