In Hard Times, Synchronization Should Not be Considered for Budget Reduction
Dr. Justin Rhinehart – Assistant Extension Professor; Beef Cattle Specialist, Mississippi State University
Dr. John Anderson – Extension Professor; Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University
The economic impact of estrus synchronization and artificial insemination as management tools for beef cattle production has been evaluated many times, in both practical application and theory. There should be no doubt that artificial insemination is the best way to make rapid genetic improvements. However, the value of synchronization is often implied but rarely appraised separately. Using a familiar economic tool, the partial budget, allows cattlemen to determine whether the benefits of synchronization alone return true monetary value in their specific situation.
Converting to a Controlled Breeding Season
Tim Wilson, Extension Animal Scientist – Beef, Curt Lacy, Extension Livestock Economist, University of Georgia
Beef producers are always searching for ways to increase profits. This can be achieved by decreasing costs, increasing prices or increasing production while keeping all other factors the same. One practice that can do all of these is controlled breeding.
Controlled breeding is defined as developing specific predetermined strategies on when to begin and end a breeding season. The length of a controlled breeding season can vary depending on factors such as the marketing objective, size of the operation and, in many cases, personal preference.
Big Differences in Hay Feeder Wastage
Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska
A study that involved a comparison of four types of round bale hay select feeders was conducted by Michigan State Univ. researchers. The types of feeders were cone, ring, trailer, and cradle. A total of 160 non-lactating pregnant beef cows were assigned to the four feeder types. Each of the four types provided approximately 17 inches of linear feeder space per cow.
Winter weather stress on calves can linger for weeks
Severe winter weather places stress on livestock herds that can dampen their immune response and lead to potential losses. South Dakota Cooperative Extension Veterinarian Russ Daly says the prolonged stress of weather events like the recent sub-zero temperatures and blizzards across the Midwest can cause problems that show up even after the weather improves.
Nichols Farms Receives World Simmental Federation Honors
Nichols Farms, Bridgewater, Iowa, has been recognized with the prestigious 2009 World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation (WSFF) Golden Book Award.
Founded in 1953, by Merrill Nichols and his two sons, David, and the late Lee Nichols, Nichols Farms has grown and prospered for more than a half century. Today, it is the largest seed stock operation in the Midwest and the fifth largest in the nation.
Texas Tech wins first prize in meat judging contest
The Dallas Morning News
In a land where steak graces most every menu, Texas Tech continues to remind the country that the state knows its meat.
The university won Saturday’s intensely competitive Southwestern Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest for senior colleges. The Dallas contest, hosted by the American Meat Science Association in conjunction with the Fort Worth stock show, is the second win for the 15-member team.
Battling an old enemy – fever tick
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s first customer on a Friday afternoon is a golden-brown Beefmaster bull. As he stands for inspection in the pen behind R.Y. Livestock Sales in Rio Grande City, two USDA specialists run practiced hands over his sides, looking for a disease-bearing tick that can grow to the size of a ripe blueberry.
Top beef brings lower bid, but Sale of Champions rings up higher than ‘08
Fort Worth Business Press
“Fort Worth, is that your verdict?” auctioneer Doak Lambert asked at the 113th Fort Worth Stock Show’s Sale of Champions as he tried to coax the bidders to reach higher stakes — if not another record price — for this year’s grand champion steer.
Water quality regs could affect farmers
Glasgow Daily Times
Very few farmers know about new confined animal feeding operation regulations that go into effect later this month.
The new regulations, which are being enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency, impact poultry, beef cattle, dairy, hog and all other CAFOs of all sizes, specifically if animals are confined for more than 45 days and there is no vegetation in the production area, according to the Kentucky Farm Bureau Agricultural Contact Team.
Calving management and colostrum
Ivan G. Rush
Tei State Livestock News
Calving season is just around the corner for many spring calving ranches usually starting with first calf heifers. Hopefully, preparations have been taken care or will be soon. Calf pullers and chains or straps are clean and in working condition; supplies such as iodine, disinfectant and lubricants are available for those early calves.
Will A Long, Difficult Delivery Of A Calf Affect Rebreeding Of The Cow?
In addition to being the greatest cause of baby calf mortality, calving difficulty markedly reduces reproductive performance during the next breeding season. Cattle suffering from calving difficulty have been reported (Brinks, et al. 1973) to have pregnancy rates decreased by 14% and those that did become pregnant to calve 13 days later at the next calving.
US Cattle Herds Still in Decline
The US cattle herd started 2009 2 per cent below year ago levels, at 94.5 million head, as drought, high production costs and increased cow slaughter all contributed to a falling inventory throughout 2008 (United States Department of Agriculture).
The majority of the decline in the US cattle herd at 1 January 2009 was due to the beef cow herd, which fell 2.4 per cent year-on-year, or 760,000 head, to 31.7 million head.
New Program Supports AABP and FFA
Pfizer Animal Health announced a new program that provides veterinarians and animal health suppliers an opportunity to support the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) and FFA. For eligible purchases of Pfizer Animal Health products, donations will be made to the Pfizer-AABP Foundation Veterinarian Scholarship Fund and/or the FFA chapter(s) of a customer’s choice.
A new kind of beef for health-conscious consumers
Cattle growers from across the Southeast are coming to Columbia Feb. 12 and 13 to learn about raising forage-finished beef.
The media are invited to a tasting along with Columbia-area professional chefs at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12. The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service is holding a forage-finishing workshop at the Radisson Inn on Bush River Road.
Low Stress Weaning
Weaning is the process of separating a calf from its mother. It typically takes place in the fall of the year. It can be a very traumatic time for both the cow and her calf. The key to success is to minimize stress. Calves that are stressed will go off feed, which causes them to be much more susceptible to sickness. Contented calves with a full belly will seldom, if ever, get sick. Cows that are stressed will lose weight and valuable body condition, which is needed to get them through the winter with minimum feed supplementation. I’ve also heard that ranchers who are stressed can become very difficult to live with.