Rotating a Calf to Aid Delivery
Throughout the course of a calving season, some heifers and a few cows may need assistance at calving time. If the heifer is not making real progress within one hour of the first appearance of the water bag or baby calf feet, she probably will need assistance.
The Nemesis of a Beef Cow-Calf Operation: The First-Calf Cow
G. C. Lamb
University of Minnesota
For cattle producers, heifers that have just given birth to their first calf (first-calf heifers) are the toughest group of females to manage. Giving birth for the first time is a shocking experience for a heifer, but stress associated with the first birth also is confounded with numerous other management related issues.
Help cattle cope with cold weatherHelp cattle cope with cold weather
Tri State Livestock News
While humans are able to cope with this winter’s pattern of relatively warm temperatures followed by extremely cold temperatures in the northern Plains, cattle are not so lucky.
Identifying Bovine Respiratory Disease pathogens on the farm
The Prairie Star
With Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) costing producers between $500 and $900 million annually, identifying and then managing potential BRD pathogens on their properties can be an effective first step in helping defray those losses.
Winter cover crops offer beef grazing, says MU specialist on three-state tour
Robert L. Kallenbach
University of Missouri
Winter cover crops on corn and soybean acres are a natural fit for crop-and-beef farms. . . . For livestock-crop farmers, it’s a natural fit. Getting a dollar return, in addition to more intangible benefits, makes financial sense, Kallenbach said.
Financial Upside to Forages
Barb Baylor Anderson
When Greg and Lola Wood moved to northwest Iowa in 1996, they knew they weren’t likely to find 1,000 acres of good farmland to grow corn and soybeans. So the couple opted to bring along some of the Angus cows they had in Montana and try their hand at hay production. It hasn’t been easy. But it has been profitable.
Feeding first-calf females
The most challenging group of females in the cow herd is the group of first-calf females after calving. Their nutrient requirements are high because they are lactating, repairing their reproductive tract to get ready for their next pregnancy and still trying to grow.
Where’s the beef? Industry at crossroads
Beef has never been more expensive, and rarely more controversial. From top-end T-bone to Big Mac, the future of the beef industry is at stake.
Beef Has Changed, Nutrition Specialist Tells Dietary Guideline Panel
A nutrition specialist representing the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association this week told an advisory panel reviewing U.S. dietary guidelines that beef producers have responded to consumer demand for leaner products.
What Do People Have Against Eating Steak?
Matthew C. Klein
U.S. beef production has been falling since 2002, while the size of America’s enormous cattle herd is now smaller than at any point since 1952. U.S. beef consumption, meanwhile, has tumbled by about 38 percent since 1976. What gives
Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference on Jan. 18 offers diverse learning opportunities
The Mapleton Press
A full day of information awaits the attendees of the 2014 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference (CCCC) at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa on Jan. 18. From the welcome at 9:30 a.m. through the final breakout session ending about 4 p.m., people will find knowledge and value in every aspect of the day, and that’s the goal according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Patrick Wall.