Additional Vitamins Needed Beyond Breeding Sector
Stephen B. Blezinger
Over the last few issues we have taken an in-depth look at vitamin nutrition in beef cattle – primarily those cattle in the cow-calf sector of the production pipeline.
Conventionally produced beef…safe and sustainable?
Dr. Paul Beck
University of Arkansas
We are all bombarded with the propaganda that conventionally raised beef is not healthy or sustainable by media, society, and even some of our fellow producers. Organic, all-natural, and grass-fed beef is lauded as the only environmentally sustainable way to produce beef.
Using Gender-selected Semen
Kasey Brown, Lynsey Meharg & Troy Smith
The technology behind gender-selected semen has improved dramatically during the last 10 years. Producers could profit from those advances, said Dustin Dean, director of beef programs at Sexing Technologies.
Replacement heifer prices
There is currently considerable focus on growth of the U.S. and regional beef cow herd, with many producers and market analysts closely watching cull cow slaughter rates and bred female demand.
Is Hay Still the Best Choice to Winter Cows?
The feed cost environment for 2013-2014 is dramatically different compared to last year, according to Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.
Calf health more than just giving a shot
Sandy Stuttgen DVM
Every autumn, cow/calf producers reach for magic vaccines which will prevent their calves from getting sick. Calves’ immune systems are capable of protecting against the majority of disease threats. Our husbandry practices, such as providing balanced nutrition, abundant clean water, adequate bunk space, and dry comfortable places in which to live, help support calves’ immunity.
As Winter Threatens, New Drugs Help Cattle Producers Stay Ahead of BRD and Parasites
Oklahoma Farm Report
Pastures are in better shape across the Southern Plains than they were a year ago, but as temperatures fluctuate wildly and begin to drop precipitously, disease pressures on cattle herds will mount. Most predominant among them at this time of year says Dr. Joe Dedrickson, director of field veterinary services for Merial, is BRD.
Feed efficiency in heifers
Research has shown considerable variation in feed efficiency between individual cattle, and heritability of feed efficiency suggests producers could reduce production costs through genetic selection.
4 Tips To Cut Your Winter Feeding Bill
It’s estimated that winter feed makes up more than half of the annual cost of keeping a beef cow in some regions of the country. That being the case, maximizing the feeding value and minimizing the waste in harvested feed are important considerations.
Beef cattle nutrition important for winter months
Southwest Farm Press
With the cattle market strong and forage available, Texas beef cattle producers can’t afford to neglect nutrition this winter, says a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.