Daily Archives: May 10, 2013

Breeding Soundness Exams: Making Dollars and Sense

Breeding Soundness Exams: Making Dollars and Sense

Kalyn Waters

iGrow

It has long been established that the cost of one infertile bull during a breeding season is much greater than the cost of one interfile cow. Keep this in mind many producers use breeding soundness exams (BSE) to evaluate the abilities of their herd sires to do their job.

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If Not Born Wild or Mishandled, Dollars Add Up

If Not Born Wild or Mishandled, Dollars Add Up

Steve Suther

Certified Angus Beef

Nobody wants cattle with too much “attitude,” but it takes focused genetics and handling to improve docility in a herd.

“We’ve always tried to be careful about selecting bulls for disposition,” says Roger Jones, of Tri-Tower Farm, near Shenandoah, Iowa. “It’s very important to us to have a cowherd that we can handle, without a lot of wild calves in it. You know, the cattle do better in the feedlot when they aren’t wild.”

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Grazing workshop to help livestock producers maximize pastures

Grazing workshop to help livestock producers maximize pastures

Jennifer Stewart

AG Answers

Livestock producers can learn about incorporating management-intensive grazing programs on their farms at a Purdue Extension conference June 7-8 in southern Indiana.

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Purina Animal Nutrition launches Cool Cow mobile phone app

Purina Animal Nutrition launches Cool Cow mobile phone app

Bovine Veterinarian

The Cool Cow mobile app puts the tools dairy producers need to monitor and address heat stress at their fingertips. Research shows that cows can begin to show the effects of heat stress at a Temperature Humidity Index or THI of 68. Reproduction can be impacted at a THI of 55.

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Ranch-Based Biodiesel Production Might Pay Off

Ranch-Based Biodiesel Production Might Pay Off

Kathy Coatney

Beef Producer

An Arkansas professor has been experimenting with a farm-sized biodiesel plant that can use animal fat, waste oil or oilseeds.

Kevin Humphrey’s system is not elaborate and he says it has a reasonably short pay-off.

The Arkansas State University researcher Humphrey sees real potential for ranchers with oil seed crops, waste oil or tallow to produce their own biodiesel. They could do it individually or as a group, pooling their resources to create a small biodiesel system, he says.

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U.S. Beef Industry Working To Regain Beef Access In Russia

U.S. Beef Industry Working To Regain Beef Access In Russia

Joe Schuele

BEEF

Last year was the best ever for beef trade with Russia, as U.S. exports topped $300 million. Russian demand for U.S. beef was outstanding, and the U.S. industry capitalized on a larger tariff rate quota that was negotiated as part of Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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Use grazing behavior to manage pastures

Use grazing behavior to manage pastures

Heather Smith Thomas       

AG Canada

Dr. Bart Lardner, a research scientist at the Western Beef Development Centre and adjunct professor in the department of animal and poultry science, University of Saskatchewan says ranchers need to be aware of grazing behaviour and use this knowledge to help control animal distribution on pastures. “If you let them do all the selection on their own, you may run into problems with some areas being overgrazed and others undergrazed,” he explains.

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Webinar:  Beef & Cattle Markets: Considerations Moving Forward

Webinar:  Beef & Cattle Markets: Considerations Moving Forward

Dr. Kate Brooks, University of Nebraska

Dr. Kate Brooks, UNL Extension Agricultural Economist will present current market information cow-calf producers can use in making management decisions.

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Minimize disease outbreaks in young calves with biosecurity plans

Minimize disease outbreaks in young calves with biosecurity plans

Drovers

Keeping calves healthy and alive is a critically important factor contributing to a beef cow-calf operation’s success and profitability. To help ensure that calves remain healthy, beef producers should minimize the introduction of new diseases to the farm by developing and enforcing a strict biosecurity plan.

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USDA Cattle Research Could Strengthen Rural Farming Sustainability

USDA Cattle Research Could Strengthen Rural Farming Sustainability

Machine Finder

According to a release from the USDA, $19.5 million in grants has been awarded to the research of science-backed solutions that can be integrated into rural cattle farming. In an attempt to strengthen rural economics, the USDA is funding research to better understand how climate variability affects dairy and beef cattle production.

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