New insights on reproductive management of beef cattle
Kanabec County Times
Pounds of calf weaned per breeding female is one of the most important variables affecting profitability in a beef cow/calf operation. The reason is simple: beef producers market total pounds produced and have the expense of maintaining cows. The more cows that have a calf, the more pounds of beef can be marketed.
Bull battery management
Dave Barz, DVM
Tri State Livestock News
Calving has finally started to get rolling. Hopefully we can catch some warm weather soon to help minimize our management problems. It seems weird, but now is the time to evaluate your bull battery, long before breeding season begins.
Grass-Fed Producer Focused on Forages
Victoria G. Myers
If you want to talk to a beef producer who really knows how to manage pastures, you can’t do much better than Missouri’s John Wood. Forages are more than just one part of his herd’s feed regime; they are the only part.
Using Salt to Limit Intake
Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska
Cattlemen continue to investigate ways to reduce cow costs. One management tool frequently used is regulating feed intake with salt. Research would suggest that regulating feed intake with salt is not precise meaning that the salt content may need to be adjusted throughout the feeding period to achieve the desired feed intake.
BSE of bulls important following cold winter
Southeast Farm Press
The past winter has been one of the coldest on record and it may have affected the fertility of Tennessee herd bulls, says a University of Tennessee Extension beef cattle expert.
Foot care link to growth in beef fertility
Farmers Weekly (UK)
Beef producers who regularly trim their cattle’s feet will benefit from improved growth rates and better fertility. "When a cow is in pain she won’t come into heat or will fail to hold to service and you just won’t get the growth rates in fattening animals. The issues we see in beef animals are no different to those in dairy
Dissecting the Pros and Cons of Grass-fed Beef
Arizona Daily Star
While bumping along a rutted dirt road in a Ford F350 pickup on a windy February afternoon, it was easy to imagine a simpler, more pristine life while passing miles of knee- and thigh-high grasses yellowed from winter.
Short calving season a step toward profitability
Southeast Farm Press
A short calving season is the first herd management practice that a cow-calf producer should either have in place or work to develop, says Jim Neel, University of Tennessee Extension beef specialist and professor of animal science.
Evaluating muscle and marbling development in beef cattle
The Prairie Star
Over the past two months, between bull sales and carcass ultrasounding registered cattle, I have had several conversations regarding ribeye area (REA) and marbling estimates in cattle.
It’s Spring vaccination time Ya’ll!
Believe it or not, spring can be a stressful time for the cow, the calf and the farmer/rancher.
The main objective of your vaccination program is to prevent Year-Round IBR & BVD, not try and treat it when it rears its ugly head at the most in-opportune time!