Video Feature: Cattle Industry Goes Green
A new breed of rancher wants to do a better job of protecting their land with environmentally friendly techniques, says UC Davis range scientist Mel George. These include grazing in ways that enhance endangered species and protecting water quality.
Think Twice on Feeding Cattle for Less Days
High feed costs in recent months have made it attractive to “grow” cattle to heavier weights and feed them fewer days than usual, but there are factors to consider, a Kansas State University animal scientist said.
“Americans and most export customers are accustomed to the taste and tenderness of ‘grain-fed’ beef,” said Michael Dikeman, meat scientist with K-State Research and Extension. “Over the years, cattle feeders have fed cattle high-grain diets to attain maximum performance and near-maximum marbling. We have created a consistent product that consumers like and have come to expect.”
Learn from example
By Miranda Reiman
Your dad would climb up on the tractor, pull out the choke, push in the clutch and start it up. “Putt, putt, putt,” and he was off to plant or rake hay or bale.
As a youngster you might have watched this routine over and over again, so it didn’t take too much formal training when you were old enough to take the helm. The first time you started the tractor by yourself and set off to mow, you felt freedom, accomplishment. That’s just one way you’ve learned by example over the years.
There were the siblings, cousins or friends who taught you how to build forts, play ball or maybe even how to find a little mischief now and again.
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Hoosiers Adopt A New Approach To Animal Care
Hoosier Ag Today
Abuses of animals on farms and at processing plants have made headlines this year, but efforts to reassure consumers about animal welfare have not made the news. Yet livestock producers are taking steps to confront concerns about animal care in a consistent and scientific manner. In light of a few, well-publicized cases of animal abuse, the livestock and dairy industries have responded with programs designed to give consumers and retailers confidence that farm animals are well-treated.
Q&A: Do I need to pull cows in until wait time has past after frost?
Dr. Jerry Volesky, Associate Professor of Agronomy, West Central Research & Extension Center – North Platte, North Platte, NE
A: Yes, similar to alfalfa, when red clover plants have been hit by a freeze, there is a 3 to 4 day period following that freeze when the risk of bloat is higher. After that, risk is similar to that before freezing.
UNL establishes COOL Website for Information
University of Nebraska
We have developed a series of educational materials and resources on COOL available online. The COOL website is: http://cool.unl.edu. Several of these materials are from USDA-AMS or other land grant universities, but several are from UNL as well, including a new factsheet that we have prepared, and two webinars on COOL featuring Mr. Lloyd Day, Administrator of USDA-AMS charged with implementing COOL. We will keep this site up-to-date as COOL rules evolve over the upcoming months.
Barnyard Animal Rescue Plan
American Red Cross
Develop a Barn Safety and Evacuation Plan
Your evacuation plan should outline each type of disaster and determine specific scenarios best suited for each situation. It should include a list of resources such as trucks, trailers, pasture and/or feed which might be needed in an evacuation as well as a designated person who will unlock gates and doors and make your facility easily accessible to emergency personnel.