Fenceline Low Stress Weaning
Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, University of Nebraska
Spring calving herds across the Midwest and Southwest will soon be planning to wean the calves. Some producers may wean the calves from young or thin cows during late September in order to regain some body condition before winter adds to the nutrient requirements.
Christy Couch Lee
It’s no secret. Proper handling of cattle can lead to fewer injuries and, ultimately, a higher quality product and increased revenue for your bottom line. And that’s exactly why the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has released the Beef Quality AssuranceSM (BQA) Stock Trailer Transportation of Cattle guidelines.
Iowa’s cattle feeding industry on the rebound
The most recent cattle of feed report showed there were one-point-two million head of cattle on feed in the state. That’s a 67 percent increase from where it was just three years ago.
Beef Checkoff: A Major Success Has a Bumpy History
Nothing in the cattle business seems to come easily. Drought – and then more of it, high feed prices, volatile cattle markets, animal rights activist lies and other pressures are more common than not. Initial passage of the $1 per head beef checkoff was no exception. And keeping it intact for nearly 25 years has certainly been a chore.
Consider harvesting corn earlage for cattle feed this fall
Farm & Ranch Guide
With current high corn prices, cattle feeders should be open to all options when it comes to reducing feed costs.
When high fuel prices for both harvest and corn drying are taken into account, it is not only important to look at cutting feed costs, but also controlling the costs of harvest and drying as well. Corn earlage, which basically consists of the grain, cob, and usually the husk of the corn plant, can help with all of these considerations.
Can Breeding Cows Get More Complicated?
Mel DeJarnette, reproductive specialist, Select Sires
Maintaining a sound heat-detection program and quality heat-detective personnel can be a never-ending challenge in today’s expanding herds. However, as the accuracy and efficiency of estrus detection declines, the value of incorporating estrus synchronization into the reproductive management program increases proportionately.
BeefTalk: Animal Identification – Detectable and Recordable
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Attitude is always present. Unfortunately, attitude often is categorized as good or bad, which leaves the tendency to prolong discussions that otherwise could be brief. Perhaps it would be better if we could accept the fact that attitude exists and move on.
Feeding Soybean Hulls to Beef Cattle
Darrell L. Rankins
Soybeans are primarily processed for their oil, which leads to the generation of two primary by-products – soybean meal and soybean hulls. Soybean hulls are actually the skin of the soybean which comes off during processing. These soyhulls are quite small in size and are not very dense. Therefore, many soyhulls are pelleted to increase ease of handling and bulk density. With respect to nutritional value, the loose and pelleted hulls are equal.
Website Offers a Virtual Stockyard
Cattlemen in the southern half of the United States have a new outlet to buy and sell bovines. Lanny and Linda Vincent, who raise Limousin cattle on their 90-acre farm outside Buffalo, Kentucky have developed a virtual stockyard at http://www.midsouthcattle. com.
Improving Cattle Health Genetically
Animal health is synonymous with animal welfare, Mark Enns of Colorado State University (CSU), told attendees of the 43rd annual Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) symposium in Bozeman, Mont. A picture of a sick animal is automatically associated with improper treatment to an unknowing member of the public.