Montana rancher rejuvenates pastures with ‘boom-bust’ grazing
Farm and Ranch Guide
Everyone has heard of rotational grazing and the concept of “take half, leave half,” but one Montana rancher uses an unusual type of grazing management that he developed himself.
Ray Banister, who ranches in southeastern Montana near Wibaux, calls his management plan “boom and bust” grazing.
Older vs. Better Cows
Angus Beef Bulletin
Increasing longevity and fertility in the cow herd seem like ‘no brainers,’ but when pursuing those traits comes at the expense of uniformity or functionality, cattlemen may want to study their options a little further.
BRD Risk Categorization For Feeder Calves: Part 2
Roger Ellis, DVM
Previously, a risk categorization protocol was detailed on iGrow that is based upon the potential for morbidity (sickness) and mortality (death) in feeder calves (See: BRD Risk Categorization for Feeder Calves: Part 1).
Documentary of livestock production tours colleges, FFA chapters
A documentary sharing cattle feeding and confinement operations from the farmer’s perspective is making its way across the country, appearing at university campuses and FFA meetings, even screening at a theatre in New York City.
Heifer fuel: Turning animal byproducts into biodiesel
Unlike most people, when Michael Doyle drives past a herd of cattle grazing in a field, he doesn’t see future tenderloins or T-bones. He sees fuel.
The company Doyle co-owns, North Star Biofuels, is about to start production of biodiesel at a new $15 million, 20,000-square-foot plant in Watsonville, Calif., about 60 miles south of San Francisco.
Hey, let’s go vegan … not
Hays Free Press
Hey, how’s your New Year’s resolution coming along? Have you quit smoking or finally cleaned out that garage that would’ve made a hoarder cringe? Well, I’m proud to say that today, roughly four months later, I achieved my goal of dropping 10 pounds.
Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall Of Fame Nominees Announced
Six legendary cattle veterinarians have been nominated for the 2013 Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame, which celebrates the rich traditions of production veterinary medicine by honoring exceptional individuals who have made lasting contributions to the veterinary profession.
Missouri farmers milk profits from beef cattle
When I was a boy dairy farming dominated Ozarks agriculture. The only cowboys I knew were in the movies, and the beef cattle I saw at the fair were curly-haired Herefords and tabletop Black Angus standing belly deep in straw. Beef breeders hadn’t yet put legs under ‘em.
Regional Changes in Hay Production Already Happening
Harvested hay acreage has changed in recent years, and it goes beyond the drought impacts of the past two years.
Effect of nutrition on pregnancy in heifers and young cows
All About Feed
How much does nutrition impact the reproductive rates of cattle? According to Dr Rick Funston, UNL Beef Reproductive Specialist, “The nutritional status of animals is difficult to measure, and this complicates interpretation of nutrition x reproduction interactions.