Managing Genetic Conditions
With the Aug. 12 announcement of a new genetic condition (developmental duplication, or DD), many producers are asking questions regarding how this problem arose. It’s a good question, the answer for which also sheds light on how cattlemen can genetically manage their herds to minimize the effects of what is simply a genetic mutation.
Prussic Acid Poisoning, Forages and Livestock: Causes and Effect
South Dakota AG Connection
Combinations of frost-damaged forages, resulting in the accumulation of prussic acid, and their ingestion, may prove fatal for livestock.
Concurrent or selective parasite control: What’s the difference?
The goal of any parasite control plan is to make sure the maximum number of the highest-priority parasites are eliminated and you decrease parasite resistance in your herd.
Cattle Raisers Urge Texans to Approve Prop. 6 in Constitutional Election
Proposition 6 is a constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas. The funds will help finance priority water projects, including rural water projects, to ensure Texas has adequate water resources for the future.
Attorneys seek $12.75M minimum bid for beef plant
The Modesto Bee
Attorneys have asked that a minimum bid of $12.75 million be set for an idled South Dakota beef packing plant at an auction scheduled for Dec. 5.
Understanding hay market reports is key to making the best hay purchase
Springfield News Leader
The quoting of hay quality, type and price can vary from state to state. This adds confusion to hay market reports for many farmers according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
Range Beef Cow Symposium XXII Set
Yankton Press and Dakotan
The Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS) will be hosted in 2013 by South Dakota State University. It will be held at the Rushmore Convention Center in Rapid City Dec. 3-5. The RBCS is a bi-annual educational event designed as “In-Service Training for Cow-Calf Ranchers.”
Florida ranchers go high-tech to raise beef cattle
Tampa Bay Times
Beef cattle farms still look like something out of the Wild West, with Wrangler-wearing, weather-beaten men on horseback, everyone sporting tall white hats. But then this happens: Out in the pasture a generator starts, a farmhand wheels over an ultrasound machine. A cow’s flank gets lubed up and the transducer is angled to get a good shot at the cross-section of the ribeye.
Cow Costs Are Record High
Cash cow costs plus pasture jumped from about $550.00/cow five years ago to nearly $800 in 2013, according to the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC). That’s $100 more than last year, based on 14 cost categories.
SD Storm Could Affect Beef Prices, Supply for Next Three Years
The Minnesota Cattleman’s Association says the storm this month in South Dakota that killed thousands of cattle will have a long-lasting impact on the meat market.