Raising versus buying heifers for beef cow replacement
Patrick Gunn, Lee Schulz, Iowa Beef Center
A major cost for cow-calf producers is obtaining an adequate supply of acceptable heifers for replacements in the herd. Although most producers raise their own, purchasing replacements sometimes can be an attractive alternative.
8 Steps For Stress-Free Handling Of Cattle On The Range
On western ranges under drought conditions, ranchers and range managers are becoming increasingly interested in placing groups of cattle away from riparian areas and inducing them to stay without the use of fences. Bud Williams and other skilled stock people are successful at placing cattle, but it requires a high degree of skill to successfully get cattle to stay where they are placed.
New guide to low body condition
A new guide to help producers assess beef cattle in low body condition is now available. Published by MLA and Cattle Council of Australia, the national guide provides an objective description system to assess beef cattle in low body condition and provides a timely tool to assist producers in managing drought-affected stock.
Modified Sand Hills Calving System
Grant Dewell, Iowa Beef Center
The Sand Hills Calving System has demonstrated an effective way to reduce calf diarrhea by decreasing the buildup of pathogens in the environment and breaking the transfer of pathogens from older calves to young susceptible calves.
Agriculture Needs A Safety Net to Protect US From the Government
Hoosier AG Today
Cash accounting has been used for decades, but now meddling minions on Capitol Hill want to force farmers to switch to accrual accounting.
Organic grass fed cows may provide healthier beef, but consumers are not keen on taste
Meat from grass-fed organic dairy steers may be of greater nutritional quality than conventionally raised steers, but falls below standard in overall consumer liking and flavour tests, according to research.
California drought: Grass-fed beef industry reeling
San Francisco Chronicle
California’s devastating drought is taking a toll on the state’s grass-fed beef industry, forcing at least one large-scale producer to switch to grain feed.