Implanting early weaned calves
As cattle producers ponder weaning their calves early in the face of drought conditions this summer, decisions are being made about processing those calves at the same time. Procedures such as pre-weaning vaccinations, dehorning, and castration are typically performed prior to weaning.
Potential Disaster Aid Hinges on Records
Potential disaster aid from USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will hinge on the records you keep now. FSA recently announced that good records will be essential if any disaster aid packages are released for livestock producers that faced loses of livestock or had to purchase feed due to natural disaster, including drought and heat.
Planting Cover Crops For Grazing, Hay Won’t Affect Crop Insurance
Gail Fuller awoke Thursday morning with his phone constantly ringing.
Other farmers were calling the Kansan, asking about cover crop seeds after USDA announced a change in crop insurance rules to allow haying and grazing on cover crops.
Cattle market looks promising despite drought
Tri-State Livestock News
The cattle market remains volatile as market analysts try to determine how much longer the drought will last. “I think we’re all pretty optimistic about cattle prices,” said the director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center in Denver, CO. “We’re just worried about how we’re going to get there. It is going to take some good management to get through this drought.”
Should I feed cattle this year?
Steven Rust and Roy Black
Michigan State University
It is important for producers and growers to calculate what they can afford to pay for feeder cattle given the expected higher corn prices, forecasted sale prices next winter and spring, beef yardage values (production costs) and desired level of profitability.
In drought, watch fall-calving cows early
University Of Missouri
Owners of fall-calving cow herds should start watching early as calving time approaches, says a University of Missouri veterinarian.
Drought stress and high nitrate levels in a cow’s forage ration can trigger early calving, stillbirths and abortions.
Take 2050 vegetarian diet prediction with grain of salt
Abilene Reporter News
Swedish scientists at the annual world water conference in Stockholm recently predicted vegetarian diets would become the norm for everyone by 2050.
"There will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes toward diets common in western nations," stated the report issued by the scientists.
Nat’l Cattlemen’s Beef Assn Urges EPA To Lower Dust Standards
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) clearly spelled out its opposition to any attempt by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lower the coarse particulate matter (PM) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) in its official comments submitted to the agency last week.
Profitability Potential with Crossbreeding
Dr Bob Hough
Western Livestock Journal
First let me say that there is room in the industry for all types of commercial breeding systems, from straightbreeding to the most complicated crossbreeding programs. However, with Angus having over half the market share for seedstock bulls in the commercial industry, straightbreeding of Angus has become ever more prevalent. This trend comes with good reason; Angus combines growth with calving ease, high marbling and high milk.
National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Update
Will the Plum Island Animal Disease Center make a move inland to Kansas?