What lies beneath: Udder and teat scoring and culling decisions
Tri-State Livestock News
With high prices for hay and limited fall and winter forage, many Wyoming ranchers have had to make several hard culling decisions over the last few months. These culling decisions are often made as general decisions such as by cow age or color, etc.
The importance of body condition scoring
For those wrapping up spring calving, breeding season is still months down the road, but John Grimes, Extension beef coordinator at The Ohio State University says the condition of those cows now will greatly impact breeding. Grimes tells Brownfield that ideally we’d like to see cows with a body condition of 5 to 6 to insure good reproductive performance.
The Issue of Herd Health
The Congress is working to reauthorize the Animal Drug User Fee Act. This has revived a longstanding dispute over the use of drugs in raising and treating animals.
Critics argue that the use of drugs on animals results in resistance to the drugs.
Subtle Cues to Health
Angus Beef Bulletin
Considering the experience, research and applied technology to better manage nutrition, as well as the ever-growing arsenal of products aimed at preventing and treating cattle ailments, it would seem the incidence and severity of disease among feedlot cattle should be in decline.
A growing commodity: Female-run farms on the rise
The number of female farmers has been on the rise for more than a decade, and experts expect that new census figures from the USDA this year will show even larger numbers of women turning to agriculture for a career.
Where ‘farm to fork’ falls short
If you lived in California, that food was local and still is. New Yorkers and anyone in areas that froze part of the year didn’t care that the food came 3,000 miles to delight the palate and improve human nutrition.
Vitamin A deficiency in beef herds lingering effect of drought
It’s been a tough calving season weather-wise, what with colder-than-normal temperatures, snow, rain and everything in between. Some beef producers may also be seeing the lingering effects of last year’s drought as well. An earlier-than-normal start to feeding stored feeds last fall due to droughty pastures, coupled with lower-quality hay during the winter feeding period, is resulting in calves showing vitamin A deficiency.
New livestock identification regulations not burdensome
Penn State News
The new livestock identification program recently launched by the federal government should not place a significant burden on producers in Pennsylvania or the East, according to an expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
The regulations will help agriculture officials track livestock in cases of disease outbreaks, allowing epidemiological investigators to quickly learn from which farm a suspect animal originated, according to John Comerford, associate professor of animal science, who coordinates Penn State’s beef program.
Cow Slaughter Suggests Continued Liquidation
“There is growing evidence that the extended cold weather has increased beef cow liquidation,” says Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension livestock marketing specialist, in his weekly market comments. “Total beef cow slaughter has been up 11.1% the last four weeks after declining early in the year. Year-to-date beef cow slaughter is now down a scant 3.7% from last year…”