Managing your Calving Season
Dr. Cliff Lamb
University of Minnesota Beef Team
The impending calving season is approaching for many cattle producers in the upper mid-west. With calving comes the anticipation of calves, which have resulted from many management decisions prior to calving.
Tell Congress to Support the Boren-Fallin Transportation Bill
Transportation issues remain paramount for cattle producers nationwide. Our operations survive by being able to haul cattle from farm to market in a timely and safe manner. This is why NCBA supports the transformation reform efforts of Representatives Michael Michaud (D-ME-2), Dan Boren (R-OK-2) and Mary Fallin (R-OK-5) as well as Senator James Inhofe (R-OK).
In Case of a Wreck
From the time calves are conceived to the time they are taken to an auction market or the feedyard, countless decisions have been made and preventative measures taken.
You’ve decided on a vaccination protocol and how and when you will wean them. You’ve decided how you will market the calf crop. But once you load the calves up and take off, problems can still arise. What if you have an accident?
Preparing cattle to move into winter months ahead
Farm & Ranch Guide
With snow and cold rolling in on the West, cattle producers need to make sure their animals are prepared for the demands of winter.
According to John Paterson, Montana State University Extension beef specialist, there are some things producers can do now to help get their cattle through the next several cold months.
Corn Silage Management
J.W. Schroeder, North Dakota State University
Efficient utilization of silage by livestock depends on the stage of maturity at which the crop is harvested. Growth stage has a major influence on forage digestibility and the amount of a particular forage consumed by livestock. Various studies have shown that the best time to harvest a crop for silage is a compromise between high forage yield and forage digestibility. In addition, each crop will have an optimum growth stage for harvest, depending upon its individual characteristics.
Q&A: After a hard freeze how much Johnson grass will kill a cow? And is there any other grass that is toxic after a freeze?
Dr. Jerry Volesky, Associate Professor of Agronomy West Central Research & Extension Center, University of Nebraska
A: Johnsongrass can accumulate nitrates and develop prussic acid (cyanogenic glucosides). The nitrates are usually not a problem in the open pasture situation. The prussic acid problem can form right after a freeze breaks plant cell membranes.
AMI Provides No Support for EPA Declaration
Hoosier AG Today
Monday EPA declared carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride threats to public health. The American Meat Institute says it does not support EPA’s endangerment finding as the rule was mostly based on future greenhouse gas concentrations, anticipated climate changes, and adverse public health and welfare effects that are expected to result from elevated temperatures, air quality changes, effects of extreme events on society, climate-sensitive diseases and aeroallergens.