Getting Bulls Ready
What should I be feeding my bulls?” South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension beef specialist Julie Walker says that is a question she is commonly asked by seedstock and commercial producers alike.
Remedies Available for Adverse Audit Decisions
John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law
Many taxpayers fear being audited, for good reasons. An extended period of deductions for livestock ranching, or other farming ventures can easily trigger an audit.
Correct Dose Critical For Pinkeye Problems
Dr. Ken McMillan
One of my bulls had pinkeye, and I did not catch it soon enough. At this point he already has the pimple on his eye. He is about 1,600 pounds and 4 years old.
Using salt to limit intake
Cattlemen continue to investigate ways to reduce cow costs. Standardized Production Analysis (SPA) and Integrated Resource Management (IRM) records indicate that labor costs affect annual cow costs. Management strategies to reduce cow costs, in particular labor costs, would increase profit potential of the cow-calf enterprise.
Cargill’s Fresno facility fights pathogen with innovative hide-on-carcass wash
Cargill has completed projects to expand its already extensive food-safety efforts at its Fresno, Calif., beef-production facility, having spent $4.2 million to install a hide-on-carcass wash. The wash closely resembles a “car wash for cattle,” in which the hides of animals are scrubbed with spinning bristles and a mild bromine solution that kills bacteria at the beginning of the harvesting process.
The Nebraska Ranch Practicum is accepting registrations
The Fence Post
The 2011 Nebraska Ranch Practicum gives ranchers cutting edge research in range livestock production from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Natural resources, livestock management and economic reality are integrated throughout the Practicum.
Shrinkage of the U.S. Beef Cattle Herd
The USDA’s semi-annual cattle inventory report came out at the end of January and it showed a continuation of a reduction in the nation’s beef cattle herd that began in 2007.
Vilsack: Livestock, dairy sectors at risk
Des Moines Register
Although the farm economy is booming, the livestock and dairy sectors because of soaring price of feed and other input costs, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told lawmakers today. Vilsack did not offer those industries any relief although he said the department expects corn acreage to increase by 3 to 5 percent this year.
Ag outlook for 2011 bullish in Montana
The Billings Outpost
After a few tough years, Montana wheat and cattle producers may be facing a once-in-a-generation year with a wet winter promising good for grain and grass growth and very high prices for wheat and cattle.
Trace Mineral Absorption is a concern in Mineral Programs
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
Seldom do many weeks go by when I do not get questions concerning mineral programs and their necessity at different times of the year. Often as we approach times of the year when forage availability becomes greater, many cattlemen feel that they no longer need to provide mineral supplementation since the grass is so succulent and plentiful.