Body Condition Scoring Beef Cows
Johnny Rossi, Extension Animal Scientist – Beef Cattle, Timothy W. Wilson, Extension Animal Scientist – Beef Cattle, University of Georgia
Reproduction is the most important factor in determining profitability in a cow calf enterprise. To maintain a calving interval of 365 days, a cow must re-breed in 80 to 85 days after calving. Many cows in Georgia need a higher level of condition at calving and breeding to improve reproductive performance. Poor reproductive performance is directly linked to the percentage of body fat in beef cows. Body condition scoring (BCS) is an easy and economical way to evaluate the body fat percentage of a cow.
How to Plug Your Operation’s Profit Holes
Perhaps the toughest situation for ranchers in decades is on the horizon.
Overall market conditions are deteriorating…. Livestock prices are dropping…. The value of the dollar is down…. The stock market is shaky…. The Government wants to meddle more in your business…. And several ranchers will be forced into foreclosure.
Where Do We Go From Here?
Betty Jo Gigot,
For over a dozen years, the CALF News February issue has featured industry leaders predicting where they think the industry is headed and how they’re reacting to the opportunities and challenges. 2008 turned out to be a bigger challenge than anyone had expected, with cattle feeders losing more money than ever before in the history of the industry, and we weren’t alone.
Crossbreeding Beef Cattle
Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist; Virginia Tech
The economic climate of today’s beef business is challenging. Commercial cow-calf producers are faced with optimizing a number of economically important traits, while simultaneously reducing costs of production in order to remain competitive. Traits such as reproduction, growth, maternal ability, and end product merit all influence productivity and profitability of the beef enterprise. Implementation of technologies and systems that both reduce costs and enhance productivity is essential. One of the oldest and most fundamental principles that has a positive influence on accomplishing these goals is crossbreeding.
Protocols for Synchronization of Estrus and Ovulation
Beef Reproduction Task Force, University of Nebraska
The potential for genetic improvement in beef herds in the US through advances in biotechnology has never been greater. Recent improvements in our understanding of methods of inducing and synchronizing estrus and ovulation in postpartum beef cows and replacement beef heifers creates the opportunity to significantly expand the use of artificial insemination in both purebred and commercial herds
You’re checking the cowherd on a hot summer day when you spot a calf with a weeping eye. Is it just a weed seed or is it the start of pinkeye? What should you do? Pinkeye, or infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK), is a contagious bacterial disease that affects the eyes of beef cattle. Estimated to cost the cattle industry $150 million annually, pinkeye causes tearing, inflammation and ulceration of the cornea. Permanent blindness can occur in severe cases.
Deep doo-doo wouldn’t do for Texas cattle rancher
Mack Stark figures cattle raisers can appreciate the name of his west central Texas ranch and makes no apologies for the words in big black letters on the steel arch over the dirt and gravel driveway. The name’s not exactly fit to print, but let’s just say “Deep Droppings Cattle Co.” or “Deep Excrement Cattle Co.” wouldn’t have the same effect. “That has a ring to it,” the 75-year-old rancher said.