How to use scrotal circumference
Scrotal circumference (SC) is an important indicator of a bull’s sperm production. Actual SC measurements are a valuable part of prebreeding examinations, and adjusted 365-day SC is used in the Angus genetic evaluation to calculate the SC expected progeny difference (EPD). Actual SC should be used to predict the likelihood a bull will be a successful breeder. However, SC EPD is the best estimate of the bull’s genetic potential.
Acorn and Oak Poisoning
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Hungry cattle may over-consume acorns or oak buds, leading to kidney failure.
BeefTalk: Looking for $200
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Traditionally, income would be seen as a positive influence and expenses a negative in beef herds.
In the cow business, opportunity exists on both sides of the profit equation. Product value may be increased and product expenses decreased, so let’s set a goal to increase product sales by $100 per cow and lower expenses by $100 per cow.
Selling the crisis of climate change
The Obama Administration is again making noises on regulating climate change and, as usual, some are selling it as a crisis.
In talking with farmers and ranchers who have been on the land for multiple generations, I’ve seen a reluctance to agree that droughts should be blamed on manmade activity.
Congress Passes Bill to Avert Meat Inspector Furloughs
Beef Cattle News
The House on Thursday passed a continuing resolution that will head off furloughs for U.S. meat inspectors that would have taken place this summer as a result of the sequester.
Hay Prices Expected to Rise
Our recent winter weather may be causing more than icy road conditions. It may be to blame for the rising cost of certain ag products.
Hay prices are expected to go up this year, due to the drought seen all over the mid-west.
Rancher carves niche with organic beef
San Francisco Chronicle
The cowboys up in Humboldt County told Clint Victorine to forget about being a cattleman – unless you inherit a ranch from your parents, they told him, there’s no money in it.