Video Feature: Drovers TV
In this episode of Drovers TV
-Jim Miles with an update on the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame
-Craig Alford, from DuPont Crop Protection on weed control and pasture productivity.
-Dr. Tom Noffsinger on low-stress animal handling
-Bill Davis from Rolling Rock Angus in Montana discusses genetics and consumer trends.
Steve Cornett: Beef Bucks Brouhaha: Round 2
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, prodded by a none-too-cordial note from Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack, has backed down some on its reorganization plans. They expect to hear “soon”—in, of course, the bureaucratic sense of “soon”—whether they’ve backed down enough or need to go further.
Trich: Not Just a Western States Disease
Cow-calf producers may be leaving money on the table when it comes to assessing the reproductive — and trichomoniasis or “trich” disease status — of their resident herd bulls.
USDA’s Beef 2007-2008 National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) study, conducted in 24 states, questioned producers about their bull management practices and the methods they use to prepare for breeding season. The study represented nearly 80% of U.S. cow-calf operations and just under 90% of U.S. beef cows.
The Price Of Predators: An Economic Impact Model For Livestock Ranches
Rangelands – In Wyoming, about $4 million worth of rangeland cattle and sheep were lost to predators in 2005. Using a computerized model, researchers have now simulated an individual ranch’s economic impact of livestock losses to predators such as wolves and coyotes. Both short-term profitability and long-term viability were found to be affected by predation.
Many hoof problems can be avoided with good conformation and management practices.
More than 90 percent of lameness problems in cattle originate in the feet. Lameness takes a toll on herd production, whether in beef or dairy cattle. Research at Michigan State University Michigan State University, at East Lansing; a few years ago showed that lame cows were 16 times more likely to exceed herd average for days open (being slower to breed back) and nine times more likely to exceed herd average for services per pregnancy–and eight times more likely to be culled than non-lame herd mates.
Bingaman working to open export markets for cattle
U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman is working to open up export markets to New Mexico cattle ranchers.
Bingaman co-sponsored a senate passed resolution aimed at opening more opportunities for New Mexico beef exports. That resolution calls on seven countries Bingaman says has imposed unfair restrictions against U.S.beef exports to reopen their markets to American exports.
Elanco Appoint New Beef Technical Consultant
Elanco has announced the hiring of Dr Nathan Pyatt as a beef technical consultant. In this role, he will work with Elanco’s marketing and sales team, providing technical support for the company’s feed-company outreach in the upper Midwest, while also working with nutritionists and producers.