Daily Archives: February 8, 2008

Forage-management focus of Tuesday’s beef program

Forage-management focus of Tuesday’s beef program 

Perry County News

TELL CITY – Purdue Extension will host a meeting on forage management Tuesday at the Perry County 4-H Fairgrounds. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately two hours.The 2007 summer drought was very hard on pastures in the area. Jason Tower, farm manager at the Southern Indiana Purdue Agriculture Center, will share information on how to manage pastures especially with the overgrazing that may have occurred in 2007.

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Preconditioned Calves Receive Premium at Market

Preconditioned Calves Receive Premium at Market

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Preconditioned calves (vaccinated prior to weaning) and weaned calves generally bring a $3 to $5 premium (or higher) at market time compared to unvaccinated or unweaned calves. Many backgrounders (grazers) and feedlots have less interest in buying calves whose health status carries more risk.Justin and Sally Angell raise Charolais cattle and he also runs a livestock auction market (Eastern Missouri Commission Co.) in Bowling Green, Missouri. “We have about 110 registered cows, and we also background cattle retaining ownership, sending them west to feed. Thirty to 40 years ago there were many small, local markets.

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Calving First Calf Heifers

Calving First Calf Heifers

By Rick Funston,

MSU Extension Beef Specialist, Fort Keogh Range & Livestock Research Station

What is the optimum pre-partum weight and condition score for first calf heifers?Many calving problems can be eliminated if heifers are of adequate size. Their weight at first calving should be approximately 85 to 90 percent of their expected mature weight. Body condition at calving is the single most important factor controlling when a beef heifer will cycle after calving. Prepartum body conditionscore correlates with several factors, such as postpartum interval, services per conception, calving interval, milk production, weaning weight, calving difficulty and calf survival. Heifers should have a body condition of 5-6 at calving through breeding to assure optimal reproductive performance. Animals with excess body condition (>7) have lower reproductive performance and more calving difficulty than animals in moderate body condition (5-6). Body condition score is generally a reflection of nutritional management. However, disease and parasitism can contribute to lower body condition scores even if apparent nutrient requirements are met. A sound herd health program is an essential part of any reproductive management system.

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Cattle Cycles Could Be Thing Of The Past: Report

Cattle Cycles Could Be Thing Of The Past: Report

cattlenetwork.com

The U.S cattle inventory will likely remain flat through the end of the decade and the days of fairly predictable cycles could be over, agribusiness financial services provider Rabobank said in a report on the U.S. beef industry. The report noted that the last identifiable cycle for the U.S. beef cow herd occurred between 1981 and 1995. Since then, the beef cow herd has been declining, even as more beef has been produced through increased slaughter weights.

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New Rules for High Stakes Beef Industry

New Rules for High Stakes Beef Industry

Cattle Today

Producers can select cattle for carcass quality and feed efficiency at the same time. That’s the good news shared by Mark McCully, Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) supply development director, at a recent CAB seminar series.The Feeding Quality Forums last fall in Garden City, Kan., and South Sioux City, Neb., were cosponsored by CAB, Feedlot magazine, Pfizer Animal Health and Purina Mills. “Quality grade and feed efficiency aren’t genetically correlated,” McCully said. “That’s pretty exciting because it’s not an either/or situation. You can select for both.”

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Sex-Sorted Semen For Commercial & Purebred Beef Producers

Sex-Sorted Semen For Commercial & Purebred Beef Producers

cattlenetwork.com

In the past few years, sex-sorted semen has made its way from the lab and field trials to use in beef cattle production. Shifting the sex ratio for a calf crop has been tried several different ways, but the idea of sorting or selecting semen to favor male or female offspring has been researched since the advent of artificial insemination. The fact that makes this concept possible is that the fertilizing sperm cell determines the gender of the calf. Due to the genetic makeup of the cells, sperm that produce female offspring are referred to as X-bearing sperm while those that produce male offspring are referred to as Y-bearing sperm.

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White House race seen shunning agriculture

White House race seen shunning agriculture

Bob Burgdorfer

Reuters

The next president of the United States has so far said very little about agriculture, cattle or livestock, which the president of the nation’s largest cattle group called “kind of scary.”“As I have listened to the candidates in their primaries for the last two or three months, I have yet to hear anything mentioning the word agriculture, mentioning the livestock industry or mentioning the cattle industry,” John Queen, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, told Reuters on Wednesday. “It is kind of scary to me.”

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