BeefTalk: Husbandry and Science Overlap, But Not Completely
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
One Last Check of the Gate! One Last Check of the Gate!
When the end of the day arrives, the facts and figures that sounded good in the morning may not have held, but a good crew is what will bring the day to a close.
The report from the human side of the chute was not very good. We had 32 open heifers that were pastured together and exposed to one bull.
The bull had passed the breeding soundness exam. He was at least interested in the heifers at the time of turnout.
Evaluating winter feed needs
Tri State Livestock News
As summer winds down, the production of hay and other ranch/farm-raised feeds is in its final days. Now that most of you know how much home-grown feed you have, you can think about what other feeds might need to be purchased. If you have taken care of this already, that’s good. If you haven’t, it is time to take care of it. The central question is, will the existing feed supply meet my livestock’s nutrient requirements? If not, then additional feeds need to be found to cover those needs.
Producers can increase marketing opportunities by participating in QSAs and PVPs.
Angie Stump Denton
As cattle producers struggle with rising input costs and shrinking profits, many are looking for opportunities to add value to their stock. With the increasing demands of export markets, several programs have been developed to help producers qualify for premiums.
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A boy and a girl grew up in the 1960s on eastern Kansas farms that had registered Angus cattle. While he honed judging skills at Northeast (Miami) Oklahoma A&M from 1969 to 1971, she was crashing gender barriers as the first female FFA president at her high school and a National 4-H Beef Award winner in 1971.
Draft brucellosis plan…MT DOL extends comment period
Western Livestock Reporter
The Montana Department of Livestock is extending the public comment period on its draft Brucellosis Action Plan by three weeks through November 1. State veterinarian Dr. Martin Zaluski said the public has expressed “significant interest” in the plan and is asking for more time to comment. “This has been a consistent message I’ve been hearing,” Zaluski said. “People want more time to evaluate the plan, ask questions, and comment.”
Q&A: Was wondering if you can add magnesium to the drinking water to prevent grass tetany in beef cattle.
Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska
I am not aware of a prevention of grass tetany that can be delivered through the drinking water.
What Causes Bloat?
Bloat is a common digestive disorder in beef cattle. It occurs most often in feedlot cattle but affects cattle in all production phases. Bloat results when cattle are prevented from eructating (belching) and releasing of gases produced normally from microbial fermentation. Gas production may then exceed gas elimination. Rumen expansion from gases puts pressure on the diaphragm and lungs. This compression reduces or cuts off the animal’s oxygen supply and can result in death by suffocation.