Tip to Minimize Storage Loss in Large Round Bales
Kansas State University
With the high price of hay in recent years, producers should do everything they can to protect their investment. One thing producers should look at in particular is their method of storing large round bales, said Doo-Hong Min, K-State Research and Extension crops and soils specialist.
Watch winter cow condition
Winter is a time of increased vigilance for livestock producers, according to Tom Troxel, animal scientist at the University of Arkansas.
“One climate model is projecting winter to be warmer and wetter than normal,” Troxel said. “If predictions are wrong and the weather turns cold and wet, it can compound dangers to cattle, and producers need to keep a closer eye on herds.” –
Grazing corn-crop residue will help reduce winter feed costs
The national cow inventory is at an all-time low, which results in a record-low feeder-calf inventory. With plenty of feedlot bunk space, there will be competition for these calves. Demand for feeder calves will mean cow-calf producers may garner a good price for them.
Cow in a can
All meat should be handled carefully to avoid contamination from the time of slaughtering until the products are canned. Once your livestock is processed, the meat should be canned promptly or kept under refrigeration until processed.
Nurse Cows Make Receiving Magic
Todd Churchill doesn’t like being Bud Williams to newly arrived stocker cattle.
Bud Williams taught thousands of people – either directly or indirectly through his family and disciples – to get newly arrived calves up and walk them around and teach them to trust their human caretaker and teach them where the feed and water are.
Trichomoniasis on the Move
Shifting cow numbers have brought trichomoniasis to new areas. Severe drought in the Southern Plains has caused a shift in cow numbers, as they are moved to areas in the Midwest where grass is available. And, with that shift comes an increase in the risk of diseases, like trichomoniasis, that move with the cattle.
Profitable Cattle Marketing for the Cow-Calf Producer
R. Curt Lacy, Carole Hicks Knight, John C. Mckissick, University of Georgia
Most cattle produced in Georgia come from cow-calf farms and ranches. With cow-calf operations, as with other farm enterprises, making a profit is the Only thing that will keep you in business. How much profit you make depends largely on your ability to market your calves.
Utilizing co-product feeds for the stocker operation
For many years, stockering calves in the Southeastern U.S. has been a very profitable enterprise for some producers. According to Rankins, Jr. and Prevatt (2013), the best opportunity for profit has historically lied with a system that purchases lightweight calves in the fall adding 200-400 lbs of gain, and marketing those calves in truckload lots in the spring.
Take Grazing Outside the Box
If you see a group of steers in a field of green corn, you can generally bet it is either an accident or a salvage operation for a drought-stunted crop. But not at Josh Gunn’s operation. Grazing green corn is just one way he makes use of a high-quality summer annual.
USDA unveils new beta agonist-free certification
Western Livestock Journal
Beef and pork exports took a hit earlier this year, after Russia’s refusal to accept exports fed beta agonists, and the topic surfaced again this fall, following Tyson’s ban on the feed additive. But a new USDA certification program for livestock producers may permit them to market their products with a special “Never Fed Beta Agonists” label.