Fenceline Weaning Works
Keep Cows, Calves Just a Nose Apart for Easier Preconditioning
By Rhonda Brooks
Weaning stress can take valuable weight off calves quickly. But Thad Padon says fenceline weaning helps his calves move from losing weight to gaining pounds in a matter of days.
Management Factors Affecting Fertility
The cow-calf business is really all about reproduction. The goal of any serious cow-calf producer is to maximize the number of cows and heifers that become pregnant. So fertility is pretty important. During the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) workshop hosted in conjunction with the 2010 Cattle Industry Annual Convention, South Dakota State University (SDSU) reproductive physiologist George Perry talked about factors influencing fertility. He also offered up a number of managerial considerations for maximizing pregnancy rates for breeding programs utilizing natural service or artificial insemination (AI).
Vance Uden honored by UNL Block and Bridle
The Cattle Business Weekly
University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Block and Bridle will posthumously honor Vance Uden as the 76th member of its Hall of Fame.
The Franklin native will be honored April 23 at the Department of Animal Science and Block and Bridle annual honors banquet at 6:30 p.m. at the Nebraska East Union on UNL’s East Campus.
Richard C. Anderson, Noted Belted Galloway Breeder Passes
Richard Charles Anderson died peacefully on March 26th, 2010, at his farm in Chippenhook, Vermont. He is survived by his son, Cass, and loyal Black Lab, Ace. . . . Dick and Ingrid retired to their farm in Vermont in 1993 where they developed a herd of award-winning Belted Galloway cattle. He taught others to look for the Big Idea in everything they did, and he led by example.
Too Much Grade?
“Too much fun – what’s that mean?
It’s like too much money; there’s no such thing.
It’s like a girl too pretty, with too much class;
Being too lucky, or a car too fast.
No matter what they say I’ve done, well I ain’t never had too much fun.”
Country music fans know that comes from a song popular in the mid-1990s, but it seems the lyrics could be altered to fit today’s beef business.
“Too much quality – what’s that mean?
New, Young Leaders Serve Beef Cattle Group
Indiana Prairie Farmer
Faces have changed at the Indiana Beef Cattle Association. But those in charge insist that the organization will still move only one direction- forward.
Starr Valley Farm
Pittsburgh City Paper
Starr Valley is grass-only and certified organic — shunning artificial fertilizer and other adulterations. It’s also a boutique operation, with a herd of just 40 animals. Customers get a 40-pound box — which consists of one-eighth of a steer and costs roughly $400 — with cuts ranging from Delmonico to ground beef. Starr says the boxes sell out six to nine months in advance.