Impacting the beef business with selection indexes
Dr. Jim Gibb
Can we just continue using individual EPDs and mix and match traits to suite our needs? Certainly, but the power of indexes is that they include multiple traits, weighted by their economic importance. In other words, there is a lot of information and science behind an index that simplifies selection and provides greater assurance of making accurate, long-term selection decisions.
Nutrition-Reproduction Interactions in the Third Trimester Cow
Montana State University
New energy requirements increase 14 to 15 percent and protein requirements increase 26 to 27 percent from mid-gestation to late gestation. This increase in nutrient requirements during this stage of gestation is due to the rapidly increasing growth of the fetus. The fetus accomplishes only 25 percent of its growth during the first two-thirds of gestation.
Calving Season ~ Why make it so hard?
I have friends and neighbors that are smack in the middle of calving, so I don’t mean to be insulting. Instead my intent is to make you ask yourself why you choose to calve in the winter and if it is really worth it? What if you didn’t have to check your cows/heifers every 2 hours through the night to avoid calf-cicles.
Fed Cattle Pricing: Live and Dressed Weight
Clement Ward, Ted Schroeder, and Dillon Feuz
Oklahoma State University
Live weight pricing has been a common method of pricing fed cattle. A second method, dressed weight or carcass weight pricing, has increased in usage for higher quality cattle. This latter method is frequently referred to as pricing “in the beef.” The objectives of this fact sheet are to discuss: (1) the general pricing process packers follow in determining bid prices for fed cattle; and (2) the steps followed in both live weight and dressed weight pricing. Both methods preceeded what is referred to now as “grid pricing.”
27th Annual Hoosier Beef Congress in the History Books
Hoosier AG Today
The Indiana weather remained true to tradition for this year’s Hoosier Beef Congress (HBC) with snow and cold temperatures. However, those factors did not deter the turnout at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for families attending this annual event. Despite Mother Nature’s wintry blast, 81 more cattle entered the show rings this year than did in 2012.
Backgrounding calves with corn again
In recent years the price of corn has pushed cattle producers backgrounding calves to seek other energy feed options. This fall with the price of corn predicted around $4/bu., it may once again be an affordable energy source. Producers developing a winter backgrounding program may choose to incorporate corn into diets for growing calves.
CSU to host Cow College for beef producers
North Forty News
Colorado State University Animal Science is offering a weekly, 6-session evening educational course in beef cattle production for interested persons in north central Colorado and southern Wyoming to be held in February and March 2014.
South Dakota ranchers work to keep cattle warm in sub zero temperatures
For the past week temperatures in South Dakota have plunged well below zero, causing all sorts of problems.
But, for the livestock taking the brunt of the negative 30 degree wind chills, it’s just another winter in South Dakota.
Cull Cows, Marketing, Seasonal Prices and Profit
Every best management practices book related to beef cattle production calls for pregnancy checking the herd to identify open cows as early in the season as possible, said SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist, Heather Gessner.
FDA takes steps to phase out antibiotics in meat
Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat.