Vaccinate with a Purpose, mental fodder when administering vaccines
Tri State Livestock News
Have you ever stopped to consider why we vaccinate calves, yearlings, heifers, cows and bulls? It would seem like an obvious answer. But dig a little deeper and we start to peel away layers of confusion we didn’t know existed. What we are left with is sound science and evidence-based medicine tailored to each individual ranch.
Planning Pastures for 2013
Many of us make resolutions or use a calendar for planning the coming year when January rolls around, have you started yet?
New Years Resolutions: In 2013, resolve to improve farming practices
New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for those who are overweight, sedentary or struggling to break a bad habit. Farmers can resolve to avoid poor management practices or implement better production techniques in 2013.
Iowa Beef Expo names honorees: Jim Ross, Everett Shepherd and Lee Faris
The Cattle Business Weekly
The Iowa Beef Expo will kick off with three awards to be given, Feb. 11, 5:30 p.m. in the Bull Pen of the cattle barn at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
Assisting the posterior presentation (backwards calf)
Although officially winter has just begun, the spring calving season in the Southern Plains is only 4 to 6 weeks away. Any cow calf producer that has spent several years in the cattle business has had the experience of assisting a cow or heifer deliver a calf that was coming backwards.
Alternate day DDGS feeding model reduces winter feed cost
Michigan State University
Recent research has shown that beef producers can reduce feed costs and maintain body condition of pregnant beef cows by feeding a diet alternating dried distillers grains (DDGS) with solubles and forage.
Individual Death Loss Can Be A Tip To Bigger Problem
In a lot of periodicals, this title would require reading the article for clarification. But a majority of BEEF readers probably guessed I’m referring to a cow. Oh, we claim we don’t name them, but a number often becomes a name.
Time to get control of lice on cattle
Springfield News Leader
By mid-January to mid-February, lice typically start taking their toll on beef cattle that have not been treated since back in the fall.
According to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension, lice come in a variety of species — some are blood suckers and others are biters, but they are all parasites.
Temple Grandin gives approval to new meat plant
Cattle expert Temple Grandin has praised a new beef-packing plant in Aberdeen, S.D., saying it is off to a good start.
Officials with Northern Beef Packers say the world’s best-known slaughterhouse design expert toured the facility Friday and said she is pleased that it was designed with the cattle’s comfort in mind.
Eisenhower Farms sign returns to Gettysburg
The Evening Sun
Whenever Dwight Eisenhower entertained guests at his home in Gettysburg, he always took them to the same place – his show barn.
BeefTalk: All I Want for Next Year Is 2 New Bulls
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The biggest mistake purebred or commercial producers make when buying bulls is not having the bull registrations transferred to their name. That is a serious mistake.
Ag Futurist Dr. Lowell Catlett to Keynote Cattlemen’s College in Tampa
Oklahoma Farm Report
Ag Futurist Dr. Lowell Catlett to Keynote Cattlemen’s College in Tampa Cattlemen and women planning to attend the 20th anniversary of Cattlemen’s College can expect an innovative and educational program during the sessions which will take place Feb. 5-6 in Tampa, Fla.
How to treat acute toxic gut infections in calves
Heather Smith Thomas
Tri State Livestock News
Newborn calves can develop infection due to bacteria that proliferate rapidly in the gut and produce toxins. If this condition is not treated quickly and reversed, toxins get into the bloodstream and the calf goes into shock and within a few hours will result in death.
Texas ranch’s secret cattle feed ingredient: Beer
A cattle ranch in Texas swears by a secret ingredient that makes its beef juicer: Beer.
Texas T Kobe ranch in Wallis pours beer into the hay its cows eat, CBS affiliate KHOU-TV reports. The ranch says the yeast in the double IPA helps promote digestion and improves the flavor and texture of the herd’s meat.
Market Conditions Will Shrink U.S. Packing Sector
It’s a complex business because there are so many moving parts, but it’s not really that complicated,” James Henderson says of the beef packing business. “You figure your cost on a per-head basis and your revenue by the pound. As long as that’s the case, the incentive is to make carcasses heavier.”
Examination of udders, teats will help decide retention value
There are many things to evaluate when selecting a cow. It’s particularly important to examine for udder and teat conformation.
Many cows are culled later in life because of bad teats.
Beef up your cows for winter
Building up body conditioning among your cow herd now will result in healthier cows and calves in the spring. This task, however, may be easier said than done – especially this year.
Cattle Market Depends on Rain in 2013
Kim Watson Potts
The cattle market still anticipates peak cattle prices for 2013 in nearly every segment of the industry, but it all depends on the weather.
Mild weather lets beef ranchers use less hay, save money
Watertown Daily Times
Donald H. Holman and his 50 black Angus beef cattle would rather have had a green Christmas than a white one so the 100-acre grass pasture at his farm would have continued to grow to feed his herd through the holiday.
Supplementation of Heifers on Winter Range:
Dr. John Paterson
Home On The Range: Livestock and Forage Bytes
The cost of energy supplements can be less than that for protein supplements. Which one is better for the productivity of replacement heifers grazing on native range? This past summer with the above average rainfall in Montana, we have seen forage samples that are low in both protein and total digestible nutrients (TDN).