Trent Loos: A little goes a long way
High Plains Journal
I am quite sure all of you remember the spinach recall in December of 2006. I happen to remember it so vividly because, during that very same week, we were working cattle at our house. When we work cattle, our girls are right there with us. I remember thinking, how is it that our 1-year-old, in the proximity of flying feces from cattle work, never gets sick with such things as E. coli O157:H7. In fact, of the 100,000 farm families I know in the nation, I can only think of one family who has ever had a kid with an E. coli problem. Yet, if other kids eat one little bit of bacteria in their food, they can suffer huge health problems.
Getting Heifers Bred: Heifer Management Strategies™ Tool Kit
To remain competitive in the cow/calf industry, you must be able to increase efficiencies while reducing costs. When reproductive performance doesn’t meet expectations, it can quickly add up to significant economic losses.
There are many factors that contribute to your reproductive program results. However, anestrus and abnormal estrous cycles are two main causes of infertility and increased days open. The Heifer Management Strategies™ breeding program protects herd reproductive performance by allowing you to synchronize estrus so it occurs during a concentrated period, thus optimizing your time and resources.
Avoiding Calving Problems
L. R. Sprott, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, The Texas A&M University System
Beef heifers experience calving difficulty, or dystocia, more frequently than do mature cows. Dystocia is characterized by prolonged or difficult labor due to heavy birthweight and/or small pelvic area of the dam. Death of these calves, and sometimes their dams, is a result of injuries received during difficult delivery. This obviously reduces calf crop and potential profits. Cows that experience dystocia also have lower rebreeding rates than animals that have normal, unassisted deliveries. Consequently, producers should make every effort to avoid dystocia.
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Management for Tetany: The Whole Picture
Most cattlemen are familiar with grass tetany (sometimes called wheat pasture poisoning or ryegrass staggers) caused by low magnesium in certain pasture situations. But to look at tetany as a simple magnesium deficiency would be an oversimplification. Prevention strategies are most effective when all the nutrient interactions that are involved in the disorder are addressed.
Consider Frost Seeding Pastures In February, Early March
Ames, Iowa — Producers wanting to add forage to their existing pastures should consider using the frost-seeding method in February and early March, said an Iowa State University (ISU) Extension forage specialist.
The frost-seeding method involves spreading forage seed on existing pastures during the late winter or very early spring while the ground is still frozen, said forage specialist Stephen Barnhart, who also works with the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University. Freeze-thaw cycles then provide shallow coverage of the seed, with help from early spring rains.
Nebraska Cattlemen Applaud Sen. Hansen for Prioritizing Animal Drug Bill
Nebraska Cattlemen is applauding Sen. Tom Hansen, North Platte, for selecting LB 1022 as his priority bill. The proposed legislation would allow veterinary drug distributors to obtain a state license to sell animal prescription drugs to producers and veterinarians.
The bill under consideration by the Health and Human Services Committee is one of four Nebraska Cattlemen NC had selected as its priorities during this session of the Nebraska Legislature. The NC Board selected the priorities after NC leaders and staff evaluated 189 of 485 bills and legislative resolutions. The Board received recommendations from its Legislative Committee and then took positions on 118 of the bills and decided to designate four of them as priorities.
NCBA elects new officers
Members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association elected new leadership and debated industry policy issues at the group’s annual membership meeting on Saturday.
Andy Groseta, a rancher from Cottonwood, Ariz., was elected to succeed John Queen as NCBA president for the coming year, the group said in a statement. Groseta said he wants to continue to grow and strengthen NCBA, especially by creating more opportunities for young people to succeed in the cattle industry.
Gary Voogt of Marne, Mich., was elected NCBA president-elect. Voogt served during the past year as chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils Division of NCBA.