Important to Prepare Bulls for Breeding Season
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
About this time every year thousands of cattle operations are hip deep in calving so attention is given to this important event. And while this is obviously extremely important for the producer and insures a paycheck in the fall, at this same time it is important the proper ground work be laid for the NEXT calf crop, the one we will calve next winter/spring.
In drought years, forages are expensive. It is less expensive to have cows graze to meet their nutrient needs compared to hauling harvested forages to them. Not all production systems are designed so that the cow grazes year-round with minimal supplementation. It was a challenge to secure forages this summer for the winter feeding program.
Hypothermia & newborn calves
Whether you are a dairy producer who calves year round, a beef producer who may calve early, or if you have a calf that is born under less-than-desirable conditions, hypothermia is something that we need to be concerned about, especially this time of year. The National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) in 2007 found that the average mortality of pre-weaned calves on farms during 2006 was 7.8%.
Manure: A Microbe’s Tale
Studies by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agroecosystems Management Research Unit in Lincoln, Nebraska are shedding some light on the microbes that dwell in cattle manure—what they are, where they thrive, where they struggle, and where they can end up.
Cow pastures should not be used as ‘dump’
Recently I was copied in on an email from a veterinarian who was investigating the sudden deaths of beef cows.
The animals were necropsied and samples were sent to a university lab. There was little sign of disease in the dead animal, so tissues were tested for toxins.
Youth Drives Future of Cattle Industry
Despite the hard times hitting feed lots around the country, events like the Nebraska Cattleman’s Classic may seem to prove otherwise.
Judging by Sunday’s junior show at the Cattleman’s Classic, the cattle industry seems to be thriving. These youngsters prove their willingness to learn about the industry and in agriculture as a whole by wanting to be here.
Students still flock to agriculture studies
Keith McCormick said he gained a passion for the gifts of the land after enrolling in agri-science as a seventh-grader at the old Speake High School.
"I’m not from a true farming family," he said. "We raise beef cattle, and we have two gardens, one beside my grandparents’ house next door, and we grow corn at the back of the pasture."
US beef from older cattle heads to Japan, first time in a decade
U.S. beef from older cattle are being shipped to Japan for the first time in 10 years following Tokyo’s move to ease rules put in place after the outbreak of mad cow disease in 2003, the leader of an export-based industry group on Thursday.
Researchers developing low cost, effective genotyping tools for cattle
“Then we can check with the genotypes to get information about how that animal might perform in the future. So it saves them a lot of time and money. They don’t have to wait until the animal is older in order to decide whether they want to keep it in their breeding program.”
Where’s the beef? Cow shortage forcing industry to make rough cuts
Years of drought are reshaping the U.S. beef industry with feedlots and a major meatpacking plant closing because there are too few cattle left in the United States to support them.