How Does Cold Stress Affect the Energy Needs of a Beef Cow?
South Dakota State University
Most beef producers know intuitively that when the weather gets colder their cows need more energy to maintain their condition and productivity. The questions are when do cows start experiencing cold stress and then how much more energy do they need?
Winter Tetany Prevention
Grass tetany is a nutrition-related health condition that generally occurs when cows are grazing cool-season grasses in early spring or wheat pasture in the fall. In all actuality, tetany can occur in some form at any time of the year.
Solving the efficiency puzzle: Are we missing something?
SCOTT LAKE and GARY MOSS
The Prairie Star
There has been a tremendous buzz throughout the beef industry the last few years and the buzz is “efficiency”.
Almost every symposium and popular press publication has at least one talk or article about efficiency.
Future Shortage of DDGs
Linda H. Smith
According to two USDA economists, the U.S. could have fed as much as an average 62 million metric tons (mmt) of distillers’ grains (DGs) a year during the past five years, compared with production of 37 mmt last year.
Willie Nelson: Occupy the Food System
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
No one knows this better than family farmers, whose struggle to make a living on the land has gotten far more difficult since corporations came to dominate our farm and food system. We saw signs of it when Farm Aid started in 1985, but corporate control of our food system has since exploded.
Using beef cow leasing as a transition planning tool
High Plains Journal
According to John Forshee, director, River Valley Extension District, individuals trying to work into farming, those looking to grow their business, and those looking to transition into retirement might find beef cow leasing a useful tool.
More muscling reduces dark cutting
Stock & Land (AU)
NEW Beef CRC-funded research conducted by Western Australia’s Murdoch University has shown that increased muscularity is a factor associated with lower ultimate carcase pH, leading to a reduced incidence of dark cutting.
10 cow-calf winter preparation tips
Now is the perfect time for beef producers to make management decisions that will affect the health, productivity and profitability of the herd over the next production cycle. The following are tips and guidelines to consider.
Livestock Leaders Concerned with Dwindling Cow Numbers
North Dakota livestock leaders are concerned about the dwindling beef cow numbers. The lowest since the 1950’s.
Texas Drought Takes Cow Numbers Down By 600K
The worst drought in Texas’ history has led to the largest-ever one-year decline in the leading cattle-state’s cow herd, raising the likelihood of increased beef prices as the number of animals decline and demand remains strong.