Reducing the Incidence of Dark Cutting Beef in Junior Livestock Shows
Lyle N. Holmgren and D.R. ZoBell, Utah State University 4-H and FFA livestock shows place cattle in a surrounding where they are stressed physically and psychologically. Cattle are usually exposed to physical exertion, unfamiliar smells, tastes, various sounds, people, cattle and other animals. Owners of beef cattle who place them in these situations need to understand that stress can be reduced or eliminated with proper care and management.
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Which Cows Do I Sell?
Ronnie Silcox, Extension Animal Scientist, University of Georgia
There are several approaches to dealing with drought in a beef cattle operation. You can buy extra feed, wean calves early, creep feed calves, sell calves or sell cows. The correct answer for most people is probably to do some combination of these.
The current drought is spotty. Some areas are very dry, while folks a few miles down the road are in fair shape. With cow numbers down from several years ago, you may be able to locate pastures for lease or some not-so-hot hay that you can cut. In short, do some checking around before you load everything on the truck.
Managing Through Recession
Know your costs of production. When profitable selling opportunities arise, lock them in. Watch for opportunities to price crop inputs, feed and feeder livestock, as well.
Document yields for a possible crop insurance or SURE payment. Many crop producers will receive an insurance indemnity payment due to falling prices in 2008 as well as from damage caused by rain or floods. Additional payments may be available under the SURE disaster program in the new farm bill.
Q&A: I have navel ill at epidemic proportions in my calves. My local vet has taken swab samples from the navel and had the lab analyze, nothing unusual found he gave me a drug for treatment and it works but does nothing for prevention.
Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Navel ill is a term that describes several conditons affecting the umbilicus (navel cord). The navel cord contains blood vessels that supply the calf with oxygen and nutrients during gestation.
Crop residues have value
University of Kentucky
Biofuels continue to be a hot topic in many grain crop producers’ circles with some of the most recent discussions surrounding the use of crop residues, such as corn stover, to produce ethanol. As Kentucky farmers begin to explore this new form of alternative energy, they need to be aware of the value of their crop residue, according to a soil scientist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.
Pasture Legumes: Something for Nothing
We have all been cautioned to be skeptical of the idea of getting ‘something for nothing’. “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is”, we’ve been told. In the beef business though, there are two times when we can get something for nothing – one is when we use heterosis or cross-breeding to produce more pounds of beef, and the other is when we use legumes- clovers, alfalfa and annual lespedeza to add protein and nitrogen to pasture to produce more pounds of beef. With commercial N prices now ‘through the roof’… now is the time to get serious about next year’s grazing program and pasture fertility.
‘Genetics on Ice’ Benefits Summer’s Premier Limousin Events
The Limousin breed’s annual “Genetics on Ice” benefit auction was Jan. 11 in Denver, Colo. This year’s 50 lots brought in $43,515 to support the National Junior Limousin Show and Congress (NJLSC) and the All-American Limousin Futurity (AALF). Both events will be in Amarillo, Texas, July 11–17.