Cut Winter Feed Costs With Byproducts
The right feed can help keep the lid on costs this winter. But choose wisely.
Today’s cow/calf producers don’t just want to cut costs; in many cases they have to cut them to survive. This has everyone looking at a wide array of byproducts to help winter dry cows more economically.
BeefTalk: Easier to Haul Home a New Bull Than a New Cow Herd
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
“A Cow Herd is the Product of Bull Genetics” “A Cow Herd is the Product of Bull Genetics”
As a producer, you really do not know if the individual animal performance is more a function of selected genes or unique management.
A fundamental question was asked the other day. Why not pay more attention to the offspring of the bull when a producer is re-evaluating the bull pen rather than the current predicted performance of the bull?
The modern animal rights movement is not what it seems
The modern animal rights movement is not what it seems. Today’s activists have perverted once-sensible animal welfare goals by putting animals ahead of human beings and employing a “by any means necessary” philosophy to achieve their goals of “total animal liberation.”
Led by PETA, the Humane Society of the United States, and other activist groups, the animal liberation movement does not seek to improve animals’ lives. Its goal is to place unnecessary restrictions on ordinary people like you.
Standards for natural meat
The Cattle Business Weekly
The US Department of Agriculture has issued a voluntary standard for naturally raised livestock and meat marketing claims.
The standard will be published as a notice in the Federal Register and is titled “United States Standards for Livestock and Meat Marketing Claims, Naturally Raised Claim for Livestock and the Meat and Meat Products Derived from such Livestock.”
Good decision making vital to having live calf, future cow pregnancy
Farm and Ranch Guide
Cow/calf producers make decisions each year that lead to a healthy, live calf and increase the marketability of the calf, says Dr. R.G. Mortimer, a veterinarian with a specialty in obstetrics.
As a widely-accepted expert on calving problems, Mortimer, who is also a professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., was the featured speaker at last month’s cow/calf seminar at Dickinson State University in Dickinson.
Spin Trim Introduces Innovative Hoof Trimming Disk For Cattle Industry
Spin Trim Inc. today introduced the Spin Trim Disk, an innovative hoof trimming disk for cattle designed to help prevent lameness and ensure sustained milk production. The lightweight disk is made of aircraft-grade aluminum and hardened with anodize to ensure strength and resist wear. Spin Trim’s patent-pending design features five carbide blades with cutting edges on all four sides and it attaches easily to 4.5 and 5-inch angle grinders. Disks and blades are available exclusively through Spin Trim at www.spintrimdisk.com.
Keys for managing bulls this winter
Jason Ahola, University of Idaho Extension beef
The Cattle Business Weekly
With so much time spent catching-up on things during the winter months, it’s not uncommon for producers to put their bulls on the “back burner.”
Unfortunately, many bulls are nutritionally forgotten, leading to potential problems at breeding season. At a time when hay prices at are record highs, it’s possible that some producers might inadvertently underfeed their bulls this winter in order to save some money.