Is Your Dewormer WORKING?
Anthelmintics (dewormers) are among history’s miracle drugs. Since first introduced in the 1960s, these products have literally helped feed a growing planet by increasing the efficiency and sheer volume of cattle, sheep and goat production.
Much like with antibiotics or Roundup-Ready technology, however, maximum effectiveness is considered to be a fleeting thing. The process of natural selection in the target population eventually leads to lessened effectiveness as populations resistant to the formulations develop over time.
Optimum Cow Size Important for Efficiency
Heather Smith Thomas
Over the past several decades the average cow on many ranches has increased in frame size, and in recent years some stockmen are realizing that their cattle have become too large to be efficient. Efforts are being made by a growing number of stockmen to get back to a more moderate frame size, and cows that are more profitable—easier to maintain and able to thrive on what the farm or ranch produces, feed-wise. Some seedstock producers, including Kit Pharo (Cheyenne Wells, Colorado) are trying to help commercial cattleman meet more realistic target goals for cow size. Pharo has been developing some very efficient beef-producing bloodlines in the several breeds and composites he offers.
U.S., S. Korea to begin high-level beef trade talks Friday
The United States and South Korea will hold high-level talks starting Friday on relaxing regulations on imports of U.S. beef, the Korean Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said Thursday.
Debris In Pastures Potential Health Risk To Cattle
Insulation and building debris present in pastures after high winds can cause problems for cattle producers, difficulties that potentially may have a significant effect on animal health and time management costs.
Cattle will eat just about anything that looks interesting in the pasture, cautions Dr. Dave Sparks, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service veterinarian and area food animal quality and health specialist.
“Producers are going to have to pick up as much debris from their pastures as possible,” he said. “This can be a painstaking, labor-intensive process given the potential amount of small debris.”
Square Bales Need TLC
Angus Beef Bulletin
If you are buying hay for your cattle on a regular basis, it is very likely that you will, at some time, purchase large square one-ton or half-ton bales.
“These are usually used to put up high-quality dairy hay, but some of it that doesn’t make grade for one reason or another ends up being fed to beef cattle,” says Glenn Shewmaker, Extension forage specialist at the University of Idaho. While he hesitates to classify any hay today as a bargain, Shewmaker does believe that the savvy cattleman can purchase some real feed value if he keeps his eyes open and is willing to buy on short notice and in volume.
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Cattlemen testify against expanded federal water jurisdiction
Randy Smith, representing the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Montana Stockgrowers Association testified against expansion of jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act on Wednesday.
The NCBA said that a proposal to the act would strike the word “navigable” from the Clean Water Act’s definition of “waters of the United States,” in theory expanding it to every body of water in the country.
Cattle Feed Byproducts: Storage Considerations
Storage is also a major challenge when using co-products. Since CDS and thin stillage contain a high percentage of moisture, they will gel and freeze in cold temperatures. Storage equipment to prevent these products from freezing is necessary. Storage tanks should either be buried or heated for long-term storage in the winter.
Some of the solids in these products can also separate from the liquid. Therefore, the ability to re-circulate or agitate the tank may also be advantageous for long-term storage.