BeefTalk: Plan Ahead to Wean Stress-free Calves
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Where did the calves go? Are they all here? It never seems to fail that when the crew goes out to gather the cow-calf pairs, we are short one. The obvious response is: Any dead ones? The crew looks wry-faced and reasserts that they can tell a dead calf, so no, they did not find a dead calf!
Thinking about feeding this winter?
Darrell R. Mark, Ph.D.
The Cattle Business Weekly
With the prospects of a large corn crop to be harvested this fall and much lower corn prices than we’ve seen in the last several years, many diversified farm operations are considering feeding their corn to cattle rather than selling it as they have in the past couple of years.
Grass-Fed Beef Growing Pains
A grass-fed beef ranch manager from Maui, Hawaii, swapped grazing techniques with a ranching couple from northeastern Kansas. Across the room, a central Nebraska rancher who still finishes most of his cattle on grain explained how hard it is to sell grass-fed beef in the Cornhusker state, while a Mississippi producer explained he can hardly meet the demand for beef fed only non-biotech crops.
Young breeders not afraid to test genetics technology
Barb Baylor Anderson
If you want to put your herd on the fast track for genetic performance, you may want to take a page from Generation Y’s playbook. Many young Angus breeders are embracing new genetics technology, including the HD 50K panel, and finding value-added benefits.
Fenceline Weaning for Beef Cattle
Julie Walker, C.L. Wright, R.J. Pruitt
University of South Dakota
Weaning time can be stressful for cows and calves. Under traditional weaning systems, changes in environment, diet composition, and pathogen exposure can reduce animal performance and result in health problems. In response to these challenges, interest in fenceline weaning has grown in recent years.
Dissecting the antibiotics debate
The ongoing debate over the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture is heating up again. Over the weekend, National Public Radio ran a major report on the subject, with several scientific sources arguing that at the very least, FDA needs to mandate the collection of hard data on antibiotic use in agriculture.
Kan., replacement heifer development program
The most recent US Cattle inventory report indicates that the US beef herd is the smallest it has been since 1952. If and when beef herd expansion occurs those cattlemen who can provide high quality replacement females have the potential to access another revenue stream.