Pain Control In Food Animals Is A Growing Issue
I can guarantee you that many in the 98% of society with no direct ties to agriculture see prevention or treatment of pain in farm animals as a moral issue. In fact, it’s possible that within the next 5-10 years, some type of analgesia will be required for castration of bull calves more than 60 days of age, and for dehorning.
This prediction may or may not be accurate, but will such an eventuality — if it comes — be at the design of the industry, or mandated by uninformed outside parties?
Evaluate Weaning Options
Historic management practices have evolved because they fit — fit the cattle, fit the forage supply, and/or fit available labor and management. But sometimes it pays to stop and look at alternative ways of doing things, either because the underlying situation has changed (short or long term), or because new information is available. One area that might benefit from periodic review is the timing and management of weaning calves.
“Early” weaning of calves takes in a fairly broad range of practices, and is often considered when forage supplies are, or are expected to be, in short supply, when hay costs are high relative to grain, or in response to seasonal changes in the market for weaned calves. Research shows that early weaning may also be justified by subsequent feedlot performance, or improvements in dam body condition and reproduction.
Web site gives advice on winter livestock forage
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Indiana livestock producers have a new resource available to help them get through the winter with low forage supplies.
Purdue University Cooperative Extension specialists teamed to create the “Managing the Forage Shortage” Web site, available at http://www.forageshortage.com.
“The goal is to minimize the impact of this year’s low forage supply,” said Keith Johnson, Purdue Extension forage specialist. “If we can keep our livestock healthy through the winter, the impact will be confined to increased feed expenses and we will not have the negative aspects of poor animal performance in 2008 and lingering into 2009.”
The Web site features videos, news articles, publications, alternative feed profiles and contact information for local hay auctions. It also offers tips for rejuvenating forages after a difficult growing season, how to sample baled hay and crop residues, as well as advice for determining the animals’ body condition score.
Beef cattle producers need to do more planning than usual to get through this winter
North Carolina is still under severe drought conditions, and the feed supply is already getting very tight. The growing season started with a late freeze which damaged many forage crops, and then the weather turned dry which further hurt pasture and hay production.
In 2007 there were 392,000 beef cows in North Carolina. That does not make North Carolina a “major” beef cow state, but that is still a lot of cows, and they eat a lot of feed.
Crop input costs expected to soar
Many experts are estimating that crop input costs for seed, fertilizer, pesticides and fuel for corn and soybean production this year will increase as much as 25 percent to 35 percent, says Kent Thiesse, vice president of MinnStar Bank in Lake Crystal.
That could increase per-acre production costs by $50-75 per acre or more for corn and $25-50 per acre for soybeans, he said.
This doesn’t include any potential added costs for fungicides to control soybean rust and other diseases or insecticides for soybean aphids. Thiesse said producers should look for opportunities in coming weeks to lock-in costs for seed, fertilizer, chemicals, fuel, drying gas and other expenses.
New state program aims to put more pounds on Missouri cattle industry
A new program designed to beef up the cattle industry in Missouri is expected to start soon after the first of the year.
Proposed guidelines for the new Quality Beef Tax Credit Program for Missouri cattlemen have been drafted and await final approval by the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Authority.
Tony Stafford, executive director of the authority, and his staff have been working on the guidelines since Gov. Matt Blunt made them part of the state’s economic development bill in September.
“The intent of the program is to increase the amount of beef production in the state,” Stafford said.
10 Cattle Facts That Will Impress Your Friends From Yale
The United States and Brazil are the top beef producing countries in the world.
In the US, Texas has the most beef cows.
Cattle outnumber humans in 9 states: Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.