Drought can cause Vitamin A deficiency
Vitamin A is rarely a concern in range cattle nutritional programs because it is readily synthesized from carotene that is common in green growing plants. However, in drought situations where plants become dead or dormant, the carotene content becomes practically devoid and may lead to a deficiency of the precursor to vitamin A.
National Beef Quality Audit – Phase 3 hears from beef producers
B. Lynn Gordon
An added element to the 2011 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) was a focus on hearing directly from beef producers. An online and written survey was conducted with cattlemen including seedstock operators, commercial cow/calf operators, backgrounders, stocker/yearling producers, feedlot producers and dairymen to identify the adoption of beef quality assurance management principles.
Gelbvieh Association offers marketing opportunities for producers
Cow-calf producers crossbreed to increase efficiencies and profits. To see greater maternal benefits in a crossbreeding system, producers are choosing Gelbvieh or Balancer® genetics to use on commercial cows.
Shifts in market affect animal health industry
Bovine Veterinarian Magazine
The animal health industry continues to have its ups and downs, but the food-animal portion of that industry still remains strong, as was discussed at a roundtable Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo.
Bedding Boosts Cattle Feedlot Performance
Cattle fed in bedded confinement facilities had improved feedlot performance compared to cattle fed in open lots, according to records analyzed by Iowa State University and Land O’Lakes Purina animal scientists.
Neb. ranchers urged to consider feeding cornstalks
Experts say Nebraska ranchers should consider having their cattle graze on cornstalks this fall to conserve hay and pastures during the drought.
Cattlemen must endure 2-year cycle of market risk
Des Moines Register
The Winkelplecks — father Larry, 74, and sons Larry Jr., 44, and Jon, 42 — farm about 2,000 acres just west of Dysart in Tama County.
But the Winkelplecks are, first and foremost, cattle producers. More specifically, they are cattle feeders for 800 to 1,000 head of Black Angus and Charolais cattle.
Brewery, cattle farm partner up to create a sustainable farm
With a name like Christopher Burger, you would think he always wanted to be a cattle farmer.
He didn’t grow up on his farm in Greenback or study agriculture. In fact, he sought out to be an artist in New York.
Farmers Work Together In Battling Drought
An important part of the diet for beef cattle is forage. Cattle and corn farmer Jon Holzfaster – a member of the Nebraska Corn Board – says beef cattle achieve 70-percent of their growth on forage. But the drought has taken a significant toll on grazing land and hay supplies.
Improving cull cow management can add profit
Selling cull cows is one of several income sources for a cow-calf operation.
“About 20 percent of a herd’s income comes from selling cull breeding stock,” said Iowa State University beef specialist Denise Schwab at the Beef Roundtable Discussion sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension and the Beef Association of Jo Daviess County.