Managing bulls after breeding season
Bovine Veterinarian Magazine
Now that breeding season is over, it’s time to think about managing beef bulls. Brett Andrews, Burwell Veterinary Hospital, Burwell, Neb., says at this time it’s typical for some of his Nebraska Sandhills ranchers to cull some bulls on age, soundness, and breeding problems.
Gentle cattle handling is key
The Grand Island Independent
Nebraska is one of the leading cattle-producing states, and the industry contributes more than $7 billion annually to the state’s economy.
But over the years, innovative technology has made cattle raising a science with the ultimate goal of producing the best cuts of meat, from the gate to the table.
Nitrates in forages need to be managed during drought
Forage growing conditions across much of the United States warrant discussion on nitrates. Some forages grown under drought conditions have the potential to be high in nitrates. Understanding management practices that can mitigate the effects on beef cattle can help producers avoid a wreck.
Making quality corn silage
Tri State Livestock News
It’s hard to believe it is already mid-September, but the weather and the calendar both tell me it is fall. In this week’s column, I’ll give you a few pointers on making quality corn silage.
Ear Tags Proposed to Trace Disease
For more than 100 years, ranchers have found that for livestock identification, branding can’t be replaced or improved upon. Without hesitation, ranchers say they intend to use their brand forever, but when it comes to animal disease traceability, the brand isn’t sufficient.
Midwest livestock buyers benefit from drought
The drought in the Southwest may help 29-year-old Chad Bicker get to his goal of being a full-time farmer and rancher by the time he’s 40.
As farmers in Texas and other bone-dry areas sell cattle because they can’t grow hay or afford to buy feed, Bicker has been buying animals for his farm in Illinois. He has 25 cows and hopes to have 35 by next year.
Herefords in Demand: Sales Increase in Numbers, Prices
Hereford breeders continued to experience increased demand for Hereford genetics during the 2011 American Hereford Association (AHA) fiscal year that ended Aug. 31. The Association experienced a dramatic increase in production sale prices while reports of private-treaty sales were the highest in years.
Bachmann: Food industry overregulated
A week after the Agriculture Department announced wider testing for potentially deadly E. coli in meat, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Tuesday that regulations were overburdening food producers.
Polly Ruhland picked as CEO of beef board
Denver Business Journal
Polly Ruhland was named CEO of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, the Centennial-based organization announced Tuesday.
Ruhland has filled the position on an interim basis since the resignation in late June of Tom Ramey.
Cattle producers look to time rains return, herds can be rebuilt.
The searing drought has forced members of the largest livestock association in Texas to reduce their herds by almost 40 percent, but it has not shaken their confidence in the future of the industry.