More Cattle, More Markets
Visit most of the larger operations in Central and South Florida, and you’ll likely see fifth- and sixth-generation ranchers still moving cattle by horseback and using branding irons for more than wall decorations.
Warts: A Common Skin Problem in Young Cattle
Heather Smith Thomas
Weanlings and yearlings often develop warts. Matt Miesner, clinical assistant professor in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, says young animals are highly susceptible until they build immunity to the wart virus. “If I see warts in an older animal, I suspect some type of underlying immune deficiency or stress,” he says.
Credit Availability to Operate in Today’s Beef Industry
B. Lynn Gordon
The general theme presented by the financial panel was there is plenty of credit available, but producers will have to be able to manage risk and develop a very solid business plan around their risk.
Breeding soundness of bulls should involve Trich test
One of the most important factors in determining the profitability of a beef herd is the number of calves weaned per cow exposed.
Tips for Pasture and Hayfield Renovation
As a result of last summer’s drought questions about pasture and hayfield renovation are coming up. What can be done to thicken up forage stands that have been thinned out?
The next step in value-based marketing?
Ranchers who sell calves at weaning generally focus on maternal traits and weaning weights when they select bulls, but many purchase bulls that also excel in traits that pay beyond the ranch such as feedyard gains, feed efficiency and carcass value.
Identifying Johne’s Disease with accuracy
ohne’s disease, also known as Paratuberculosis, is estimated to cost the U.S. dairy industry more than $220 million each year. It also affects sheep, goats, deer and other animals, causing diarrhea, reduced feed intake, weight loss and sometimes death.
Timing Is All-Important For An Effective Parasite Control Program
“Cattle just don’t gain.”
Missy Bonds’ analysis of cattle infested with parasites describes the damage the tiny creatures can have on all cattle. Thus, she’s a firm believer in dewormers and their value in a cow-calf or stocker program.
U.S. okays sale of meat plants to Brazil owners
North Platte Bulletin
On March 26, the U.S. Department of Justice closed its investigation of the proposed acquisition of two XL Four Star Beef slaughtering plants, one of them in Omaha.
By closing the investigation without taking any antitrust enforcement action, the Justice Department has blessed JBS’ merger proposal, critics say.
Beef cattle researchers explore nutritional strategies to time puberty
Blair Fannin, Texas A&M University | 0 comments
Cattle producers typically wean replacement heifers at seven months of age and raise them with limited nutritional input before their first breeding.