Too Valuable to Waste
Feeding the beef cow herd this winter is likely to be expensive due to the added cost of production. In addition, about 30% of the hay allocated to the cows during the winter is wasted due to poor management and feeding practices, which increases the cost of wintering the cow herd.
Vigilance a Must for Winter Weather Cattle Management
South Dakota Ag Connection
Winter weather conditions have certainly hit with a vengeance this year, not only in South Dakota but in a wide swath of the cattle producing areas of the United States. While we can’t change the weather, there are some things that can be done from a management stand point to improve cattle comfort and reduce the impacts on cattle performance and efficiency during the winter.
Virginia Tech to host beef cattle health conference in Blacksburg, Jan. 25
Beef cattle producers will have an opportunity to learn strategies to protect the health of their herds at the Virginia Tech Beef Cattle Health Conference on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dr. Bob Weaber Demystifies Sire Selection for Calving Ease
Oklahoma Farm Report
Over the next several weeks, cow-calf producers will be going to bull sales as they prepare to rebuild their herds. Kansas State University Beef Cow Specialist Dr. Bob Weaber says one of the prime genetic traits producers place on the top of their lists of selection criteria is calving ease. He says there are a couple of ways to manage selection for calving ease.
Croney to head Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science
Purdue University associate professor of animal sciences Candace Croney, PhD, will lead the newly created Purdue University Center for Animal Welfare Science. Her appointment as director was announced jointly Tuesday (Jan. 21) by Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture, and Willie M. Reed, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Croney, who will work in both colleges, will begin her new role Feb. 1.
Air Quality Study Examines Bedded Mono-Sloop Beef Barns
Improving animal comfort in the cold of winter and heat of summer is primary for beef producers in the upper Midwest. That’s why mono-slope barns are becoming more popular.
The Power of a Plan
Many of us in the beef industry meander through our production cycle aimlessly. We breed cows and heifers, make hay, assist with calving, feed hay, wean calves and repeat the cycle annually.
Alfalfa Should Weather Cold Snap
The recent sub-zero temperatures across much of the Midwest and Northeast are of concern for alfalfa, especially since upwards of half the crop died last year due to winterkill.
Record-Breaking Trade Show on Tap for 2014 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville
Those attending the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 4-7 should be sure to pack their comfortable walking shoes. The NCBA Trade Show – for years, the beef cattle industry’s largest – is getting bigger, adding more than 30 exhibitors and thousands of square feet of booth space.
Decreasing calving losses
With calving season upon us for the spring-calving operations, producers, ranchers, cowboys and veterinarians are all on alert. Things can go wrong, and no one wants to risk losing the calf, the dam or in the worst scenario, both.