The August 29, issue # 551, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web at: http://fairfield.osu.edu/ag/beef/beefAgst29.html
While recent rainfall may have allowed many pastures to turn green after a summer of dormancy, unfortunately the heat has prevented much vegetative growth. This simply means that careful pasture “management” might be more critical now than it was during dormancy. This week, Jeff McCutcheon offers suggestions which will allow optimum forage production from now into late fall and winter.
Articles this week include:
* Forage Focus: Managing Your Drought Stressed Pastures this Fall
* Ethanol Co-products: How, When and Where Can I Feed Them?
* Distillers Grains with Solubles
* Thin Stillage and Corn Distillers Solubles
* Weekly Roberts Agricultural Commodity Market Report
Colorado State Fair Fiasco Tops This Week’s Bloopers
I’ve heard it said many times that the problem with any youth program is the parents. To that we might add: “and those who are in charge of enforcing the rules but refuse to do it.”
The controversy this year going into the Colorado State Fair (CSF) was that the 4-H and FFA programs were requiring all livestock entries to have a premise ID. This was quite possibly the most publicized CSF rule ever due to the controversy that accompanied its implementation.
Choosing The Stocker Business
By Wes Ishmael Contributing Editor, Beef Magazine
Like the cattle they grow, this year’s National Stocker Award finalists share some similarities. Namely, each adds value to mismanaged cattle, presenting feedlots with a more uniform, lower-risk product. Along the way, beef consumers benefit from pounds grown for less cost than is typically possible in the feedlot.
Like those cattle though, each finalist is also unique, as each pursues a different and innovative path in accomplishing the aforementioned objective.
10 Vaccination Tips
Vaccinations are an important key to proper animal health, and herd health management. And, to ensure that vaccination is as effective as possible, proper vaccine handling and administration is very important. The following tips from Dale Grotelueschen, DVM and veterinarian with Pfizer Animal Health, will help get you on the right path to better herd health management:
Shake the Weaning Time Blues
While there’s no magic formula that works for everyone at weaning time, Wes Peterson, Breckenridge cattleman, and Missouri Extension beef specialists offer these tried-and-true ranch remedies for getting calves off to a healthy and more profitable start.
* Raise them right – Low-stress management starts the day a calf is born at Peterson’s Rafter P Farms. Peterson selects for strong maternal traits plus good disposition in his commercial cowherd and herd sires. Peterson also puts a lot of effort into developing gentle calves.
Cows that work, calves that grade
Western Livestock Journal
Many beef producers struggle with priorities when it comes to genetic selection. One part of them knows the market rewards a focus on the end product. After all, consumers are the ultimate customers.
Then their skeptical side kicks in: “Yeah, but the most important thing is to get as many live, healthy calves as possible each year so the cows can earn their keep.”
Those torn by this conflict of the mind can take heart in an updated research paper by Twig Marston, Kansas State University.
Its long title indicates a comprehensive approach. “The Relationship Between Marbling and Other EPDs with Implications When Making Beef Cowherd Breeding and Management Decisions” discusses how carcass quality is related to reproduction.
Data, Fund Woes Slow Animal ID
US Animal Health Association
USDA is in the final stages of crafting a business plan to better define goals and strategies for its National Animal Identification System in the midst of Congress moving to pull its funding and a cattle industry that is not embracing the program with open arms.
Bruce Knight, USDA’s undersecretary of marketing and regulatory affairs, told industry leaders at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s ID Info Expo that USDA’s National Animal Identification System is now working to integrate a myriad of federal and state databases into one major animal-disease program. The problem is that most of these databases cannot mesh together and USDA is struggling with compatibility.