Don’t be afraid to use the S-word
High Plains Journal
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., professor of animal science at Colorado State University, is known around the world for communicating with livestock producers about low-stress livestock handling techniques.
Never Too Late (to Double Crop)
The benefits of planting a cover crop after an early winter small grain harvest are well-known. Soil conservation and erosion control are just two of the most obvious reasons to keep that ground covered until frigid fall temperatures put an end to the growing season. But, as the cost of buying or putting up forage for the cold months of the year rises, savvy beef producers are looking to late-planted annuals such as forage oats as one way to delay breaking into those costly winter hay stocks.
Northeastern ND county reports anthrax cases
Confirmation of anthrax as the cause of death of two Pembina County beef cattle last week has prompted state animal health officials to renew their call for livestock producers to have their animals vaccinated against the disease.
Bedded hoop barns for finishing cattle
David L. Morris, DVM, Ph.D.
The Fence Post.
So what is a hoop barn? Hoop barns consist of steel arches covered with polyvinyl fabric. The arches are attached to posts or concrete sidewalls. Used more frequently for housing swine and dairy cattle, a recent research publication compared the use of this type of housing for finishing beef cattle to that of an open feedlot system with shelter.
Culling the herd
The season’s dry and humid weather has provided little to no natural resources for local farmers, especially cattle farmers, many of whom are are reporting that they are already at least half way through their winter feed supply.
Cattlemen respond to audit report, call for protection
Wilson County News
The results of a check-off audit have caused a deeper division in the cattle industry, since every cattleman is assessed $1 per head for each animal sold, which is forwarded to the Beef Check-off Program.
Belt tightening in the cow business
Jeffrey R. Stapper Nueces County Extension Agent-Ag/Natural Resources
Southwest Farm Press
Despite improving cattle markets, watching the bottom line in an operation is more important than ever in the cattle business, and there’s not much room for equipment-related purchases that aren’t absolutely necessary.
In today’s tough economy, improving efficiency on a ranch is the key to success.
Kenny Barrett Jr., DVM, MS
Tri State Livestock News
Ultrasound machines use sound waves to create images viewed on a screen. The sound waves are not audible by human ears but are instead detected by specialized crystals in a probe. A computer translates the information into an image viewed live or captured to be viewed at a later time.
Taking on ‘big food’
Buses are due to head out Thursday from Nebraska, Kansas and the Dakotas, from Gillette, Wyo., and Billings, Mont., all hauling cattlemen to Fort Collins, Colo., where they set to testify in favor of the Obama administration’s efforts to reshape the business of food.
Rule will kill jobs, hurt innovation
If the U.S. Department of Agri-culture has anything to do it with it, agriculture producers could see the end of the free market as we know it.
A recent proposed rule by the USDA’s Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration, or GIPSA, would allow the government, rather than market signals, to tell producers when and how they can market their cattle.