Weaning Beef Calves
The times in a beef animal’s life that it is most at risk for disease or death are at birth and the first few weeks of life, and again for the first few weeks after weaning. This is particularly true if newly weaned cattle are commingled with other cattle and shipped to a new location. There are several strategies that ranchers and veterinarians can utilize to reduce risk of disease associated with the changes that accompany weaning.
BeefTalk: Cow Down
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Cows that are staggering or down are close to being dead cows. A typical beef operation should maintain a less than 1 percent death rate for productive cows. Anything greater should trigger a managerial review to target any potential cause.
Seedstock Speaker Discuss Breeding Cattle
Among the topics at the SDSU Extension Seedstock Symposium will be a discussion on Disease Susceptibility, its effect on the cattle industry, and how highly or lowly inheritable they may be. The SDSU Extension Seedstock Symposium will be held June 27-28, 2013 at the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Sioux Falls.
Grazing Improvement Act Passes House Committee
The U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources committee passed the so-called Grazing Improvement Act, H.R. 657, designed to improve the livestock grazing permitting processes on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, and extends the term of grazing permits from 10 to 20 years. The bill now makes its way to the full House.
I’ll Have the Fly-Fed Beef, Please
…Glen Courtright says he has a more palatable solution. His startup, EnviroFlight, is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for permission to sell livestock feed made from insects. “We can produce 225 pounds of clean, safe feed ingredients for aquaculture, poultry, and crustacea—that’s the holy trinity of fish, shrimp, and chicken—in a 3-foot-by-5-foot space,” he says.
It Seems Cuba is Saying Goodbye to Beef
Havana, Cuba: For decades Cubans have seen themselves constrained when it comes to putting beef on the table. A type of meat that causes stage fright in those who have never imagined themselves on a stage.
MARC Releases 2013 Across-Breed EPD Tables
Larry Kuehn, Mark Thallman
The table of adjustment factors to be used to estimate across-breed expected progeny differences (AB-EPDs) for 18 breeds was released at the Beef Improvement Federation Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City, OK
Canadian cattle producers, U.S. packers dread COOL revisions
Canadian ranchers and North American packers aren’t looking forward to the arrival of revisions to the U.S. government’s country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules.
Effects of commingling beef cattle
Commingling beef cattle or mixing cattle from multiple sources is a common practice among producers today. However, it does pose some potential cattle health risks, like bovine respiratory disease (BRD), which continues to cause severe economic loss for producers.
Finding the Best Mineral Supplement for Beef Cows
Mineral supplementation of beef cows and stockers creates many questions that are sometimes difficult to answer according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri (MU) Extension.