Video Feature: State of the Beef Cattle Industry: Quality Considerations
NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen
Lee Leachman discusses why quality and added value programs are important to the beef cattle industry during these tough economic times. Our experts have tips on how producers can work to improve their bottomline.
Search committee announces final candidates for dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The search committee for the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, chaired by Senior Vice President and Provost Mark McNamee, announces three final candidates selected from a deep applicant pool.
Each candidate will visit the Blacksburg campus for two days and meet in Richmond with external stakeholders at the Virginia Farm Bureau headquarters. An open forum will be held at each location.
Feeding Beef Cows Based on Body Condition Scores
Shane Gadberry, Ph.D. Extension Livestock Specialist, University of Arkansas
The amount and type of supplementation required for satisfactory performance in beef herds is greatly influenced by the body condition or body reserves, both protein and fat, of the cattle.
To optimize performance, body condition scores of cows should fall within a range of 5 to 7 (optimum condition) at the initiation of the calving season and remain in this range throughout the breeding season.
Q&A: Can a person run into problems feeding too much distillers?
Dr. Galen Erickson, Associate Professor of Animal Science. Animal Science, University of Nebraska
A: We do not routinely run rations because we would need to know much more information. For example, I would need to know all possible ingredients available, their nutrient composition (we could get close on this), but most importantly, the cost of these ingredients. In the case of backgrounding calves, it is also very important to know what type of performance you would like to have (mainly ADG for backgrounding calves).
Who is SDSU’s next Dean?
The Cattle Business Weekly
Two finalists have been named in the search for the next dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University.
A Small Change In DNA Has A Big Impact In Angus Cattle
As you are probably aware, a lethal genetic recessive gene has been recently discovered in Angus cattle. It is important to understand that this defect is the result of a mutation that occurred and no one is at fault. Mutations occur naturally and are more often detrimental, as is the case with this one, than good.
Brahman Association Elects Leadership
The American Brahman Breeders Association met in conjunction with the 2009 Houston Livestock Show for its Annual Membership Meeting. During this meeting, the Officers and Executive Committee for the coming year were elected.