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).