Trying To Put The GIPSA Debate In Context
Last week, I received a lot of emails from producers trying to understand the GIPSA debate. A few were disgruntled that I hadn’t presented both sides in an unbiased manner. Most of what I have written is editorial, however; it is my opinion.
Why grain isn’t enough to supplement pasture cattle
With winter just around the corner, cattlemen are taking stock of available roughages (hay, corn stalks or stockpiled pasture) and considering supplement options. Many utilize grain as a supplement. And why not? Cattle eat it readily and it can be affordable. While cereal grains are an excellent energy source, they are a poor source of protein and will not offer balanced nutrition to your cattle herd.
New NDSU videos can help producers learn about backgrounding.
North Dakota State University
Cattle producers do have an economically feasible alternative to selling their calves at weaning: It’s called backgrounding.
That’s a feeding period after weaning that lasts from at least two weeks to 15 weeks or more, according to Karl Hoppe, North Dakota State University Extension Service area livestock specialist at the Carrington Research Extension Center.
Body Condition Score Beef Cows at Weaning
University of Missouri
It’s important to have an idea what degree of body condition (fat) beef cows have according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
"A key time to make these body condition scoring (BCS) decisions is at weaning time. Reproduction is highly influenced by fat deposition and cows can be both too thin as well as too fat," said Cole.
Producers Urged to Check Out Johne’s Disease Program
Dairy and beef producers and bovine veterinarians are encouraged to check out the revised Uniform Program Standards for the Voluntary Bovine Johne’s Disease Control Program developed by USDA in conjunction with the U.S. Animal Health Association that went into effect Sept 1.
Chris Hurt: Bright long-term outlook for cattle industry
TriState Livestock News
“Although this is positive news for finished cattle prices, calves and feeder cattle still face the price-depressing burden of high feed costs. In the longer run, current high feed prices will keep the industry in a liquidation phase, and smaller beef supplies in coming years will be positive for returns for years to come,” he said.
Despite advances in cattle industry, death loss still a problem in feedlots
The Fence Post
The improvements in handling facilities and vaccinations for cattle have allowed producers to work with the animals more effectively and efficiently with less people.