Video Feature: Drovers TV June 29th, 2010
In this episode of Drovers TV
-CSU’s Temple Grandin on animal welfare issues
-Carl Bollum, Sales Engineer, BCF Technologies, outlines the use of ultrasound for pregnancy testing in cattle.
-Rick Borgioni discusses the importance of weed control in forage production.
-Clint Berry, Commercial Marketing Director, Red Angus Association of America, discusses genetic selection.
Permanent Identification Starts with a Successful Tattoo
American Hereford Association
Tattooing can be done any time before registering, although it’s best done when the animals are young. Twig Marston, director of the Northeast Extension and Research Center and professor of ruminant nutrition for the University of Nebraska, recommends tattooing calves before 3 months of age.
Remove Bales Soon After Harvest
Dr. Bruce Anderson, Professor of Agronomy, University of Nebraska
Bales and stacks of hay left in the middle of fields have to be removed sometime. After the final cutting for the year, it may not matter too much if they set there for a while. But when more harvests are expected off that field, delaying removal can be harmful.
Steps to Establish and Maintain Legume-Grass Pastures
S.K. Barnhart, extension agronomist.
Take soil samples before preparing seedbed, clearing brush, or filling gullies. Lime and fertilizer according to needs shown by soil test. Apply lime and fertilizer before plowing or heavy discing. Soil pH and fertility deficiencies may be connected more rapidly with application of lime and fertilizers with fall tillage, although this may not be desirable on steeply sloping land.
Calving season proves challenging for some producers in 2010
Exceptionally cold weather made the 2010 calving season tougher than the last several years for many beef producers, said Purdue Extension beef specialist Ron Lemenager.
Into the abattoir
The Guardian (UK)
I am looking at my dinner. Nothing new there; I stare at my dinner a lot. The difference here is that it still has a pulse. It is a rather gorgeous, rusty-brown coloured, 13-month-old Limousin cow, dark of eye and furry of coat, and tagged with the number 365. With the help of butcher Paul Nicholson, I have just selected 365 to go for slaughter.
Cover Crops Increase Water Infiltration
The Cattle Business Weekly
Cover crops have been a part of Jason Frerichs’ pasture management plan since he returned to his family’s farm near Wilmot three years ago.
"I’m always looking for ways to provide more forage for the cattle," says Frerichs, 25, who raises a 150-head commercial cow/calf operation and works as an agriculture instructor and FFA advisor at Lake Area Technical Institute.
Several Factors to Consider When Retaining Ownership
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
In today’s beef industry the value of cattle is directly related to actual and perceived carcass characteristics. As such many breeders, in certain instances, have found retaining cattle, not destined for breeding, into the feedlot an important and valuable marketing niche.
Most Minnesota cattle no longer need TB test to go to North Dakota
Most Minnesota beef cattle no longer need a tuberculosis test before going to North Dakota.
The state’s animal health board voted June 23 to immediately revoke an order that required negative TB tests on cattle, bison, goats, farmed cervids and camelids. The lifted requirements apply to Minnesota’s Modified Accredited Advanced zone, the majority of the state.
BeefTalk: Hay Mow Swings Gone Forever
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Perhaps time does come to a standstill. However, if it does, it is only momentary. Perhaps the “now” does not really need to know the past. Perhaps what will be will simply be. If we really believe all that, then there is no reason to be very optimistic.
Turning to Salers for extra hybrid vigor
Farmers Guardian (UK)
Convinced he needed to add extra vigour to his beef cattle, Mid Wales farmer Richard Tudor has introduced Salers to his system, previously based mainly on Simmental cross Friesian dams with Charolais bulls used as terminal meat sires.
War on Front’s noxious weeds needs funds
Great Falls Tribune
The Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front and the Wilderness Society on Wednesday released a study showing more needs to be done to control noxious weeds on the Rocky Mountain Front and across Montana.
Ranch Management University program offered by AgriLife Extension
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will host a new landowner workshop Oct. 12-15 in College Station designed to help promote a better understanding of resource management.
"A number of topics will be covered both in the classroom and in the field with demonstrations as part of our (Ranch Management University) program," said Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist in College Station.
Reusable bio-chip supports cattle genotyping
The Cattle Business Weekly
Fluidigm Corporation has developed the world’s first reusable bio-chip architecture for the commercial market. These reusable integrated fluidic circuits (IFCs) will dramatically lower SNP genotyping costs and are designed to support accelerated sample throughput, while maintaining data quality of 99.75 percent or greater accuracy and 99 percent or greater call rates.
Groups Support Separation of CBB and State Beef Councils
Several groups, including R-CALF USA have signed a joint letter in support of the recent vote by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board executive committee to keep the Federation of State Beef Councils separate from any policy organization, specifically the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.