During drought conditions, the shortage of water for beef cattle can become a problem.Water is one of the most important nutrients required by animals and must be provided on a daily basis. Dr. Clyde Lane University Tennessee Beef Extension Specialist is featured
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Managing and Developing Young Beef Bulls
Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska
There are as many ways to feed and develop young beef bulls as there are seedstock producers. There are many and varied reasons that bulls are managed and fed the way they are. Whether bulls are developed on the ranch, in a commercial facility, or at a central bull test, they are usually fed to gain 2.8 to 4.0 pounds daily from weaning to one year of age.
National groups ask EPA to look at CAFOs
Magic Valley Times News
A coalition led by the Humane Society of the United States has asked the U.S. Environmental Pro-tection Agency to start regulating confined-animal feeding operations under the Clean Air Act, curbing emissions of hydrogen sulfide, ammonia and two greenhouse gases.
The petition, which would also target methane and nitrous oxide, comes as the EPA is close to wrapping up a study of emissions at 24 U.S. CAFOs. The agency says it does not yet have enough information to determine whether such facilities deserve more regulation; industry groups argue their overall contributions are small and that the petitioners are simply attacking animal agriculture.
Rotational Grazing Management Prevents Overgrazing
Heather Smith Thomas
Rotational grazing systems are generally the most efficient way to get the best utilization of pastures and maximum beef production per acre, as well as being healthier for the land and forage plants, in many instances. When done properly, pasture rotation can prevent overgrazing, aid optimal regrowth of plants, and allow the same piece of ground to be grazed several times during a growing season.
La Cense Beef First to Receive Rigorous USDA "Grass Fed" Certification
La Cense Beef ("La Cense"), the leader in the grass fed beef industry, selling exclusively from its Montana ranch direct to consumers, announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture ("USDA") has named it the first beef producer "Grass Fed Beef" standard. The first certification of its kind, the move promotes higher and healthier standards for the beef industry, and gives consumers a reason to be confident in the grass fed beef they are buying and consuming.
Feedout a good way for beef producers to improve herds
Springfield News Leader
Rather than gripe about poor prices paid for their calves, beef producers should find the value of their calves by feeding them out, according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
At the end of a feedout, the calves are sold to packers based on carcass value.
"This allows you to evaluate the calves you produce to see how they perform for the next guy down the value chain," said Cole.
Controlling Lice on Cattle
Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
Lice are small, flat-bodied insects with legs modified for grasping hairs. They cannot survive off of the animal for more than a few days. Sucking lice, with their narrow, pointed heads, are blood feeders. Biting lice feed by scraping material from the skin and base of the hairs.
Leave land for animals to prosper
My father’s favorite aphorism was “waste leads to want.” I’m sure I heard him say that a gazillion times during my growing-up years.
The cowboy I married was just as adamant. He never threw anything away because “it might come in handy someday.”
Amazingly, it often did. For example, he made a beautiful table lamp by covering an old, ugly one with suede leather and beads. It was better than anything we could have bought.
Culling the Beef Cow Herd
Jeremy Powell, DVM Assistant Professor Extension Veterinarian
Deciding which cows to cull and which cows to keep in the breeding herd impacts future herd performance and profitability. There are many factors to consider when choosing which cows to put on the cull list.
‘Jess’ Darlington Enters Livestock Hall of Fame
Jesse M. Darlington, whose family has farmed in Pennsylvania since his great-great-great-great grandfather was granted a farm in Delaware County by William Penn in 1683, was inducted into the Pennsylvania Livestock Hall of Fame this week.
The announcement took him “absolutely by surprise” considering there are so many “well-qualified men and women in the wings,” Darlington said in an interview at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg where he had just emerged from the Equine Arena after another long day as ringmaster.
Safe Transportation of Beef Cattle
by W. Alan Bruhin
Have you ever thought about how important transportation is to the profitability of your beef operation? Producers spend all year producing a calf crop to market. The calves’ value can be severely reduced if they are injured or have excessive shrink during transport. The value of cull animals can also be reduced because of injuries during transport.
Lone-wolf rancher is ‘one of a kind’
The Arizona Republic
Maryann Pratt: Old-style wrangler with a modern twist
She lives alone at the end of a gated four-wheel-drive road in the Arizona outback, beyond civilization, nestled in a valley beside a stream guarded by cottonwoods.
Mountains and mesas rise on all sides of the LF Ranch west of Payson, covered with juniper and prickly pear, catclaw and oak. The Arizona Trail runs through her property, bringing occasional backpackers.
Stop Pushing the Panic Button
Hoosier AG Today
The coffee sloshed violently in the mug as I bolted upright in my chair not believing what I saw on my computer screen. “Study shows more corn for biofuels would hurt water,” read the headline on the Purdue news release. This was the second early morning shock I had received in as many days. Just the day before, I opened my copy of the Indianapolis Star after retrieving it from the bushes where our carrier had tossed it only to find a front page story on Tuberculosis in Indiana cattle.
Ag groups unhappy with Senate climate bill
The Senate climate bill is receiving critical reviews from agriculture groups who have powerful friends on Capitol Hill.
Groups like The American Farm Bureau and the National Corn Growers Association say one of their biggest problems with the bill is how it addresses carbon offsets, which could be a boon to farmers that switch to farm methods that lower carbon emissions.