Why Synchronize and A.I.?
In the beef industry we all do different things for different reasons. Using estrus synchronization and A.I. is just another choice that some folks make and others don’t. While a convincing, logical argument can be made for the VALUE of synchronization and A.I., it’s often other factors that tip the balance when making the decision to use synchronization and A.I.
When to cut hay for a quality harvest
The Leaf Chronicle
Gary Bates, University of Tennessee Extension forage specialist, shares some good forage information with us this week for cutting our hay: As spring approaches, Tennessee’s pastures will be green and growing. For livestock farmers, it’s a welcome time to switch from feeding stored hay to having their animals graze in fields.
Is Acting Like a Predator Low Stress Cattle Handling?
Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
Colorado State University
Progressive ranchers and feedlot operators work hard to reduce stress on cattle during handling. They may wonder how mimicking the initial stalking movements of a predator can be a low stress way to gather cattle on large pastures.
Stockmanship and range health
Stockmanship-A Powerful tool for grazing lands managent
Some years ago while working with a grazing association on an allotment here in central Idaho, I realized how crucial it is to integrate a high level of stockmanship with range management.
Low-stress Cattle Handling: The Basics
Ben Bartlett, Janice Swanson
Michigan State University
The advantages of low-stress cattle handling include increased profit for dairy and beef producers. Low-stress cattle handling is easier and safer for people, induces less cattle stress and injury, and produces a better product with a better public image.
Benefits of Low-stress Livestock Handling
Utah State University
In a feedlot in Alberta, 3500 cattle were vaccinated and 3500 were not. There were no differences in rates of illness between the groups. Thus, vaccinating was unnecessary because of the way the animals were handled.
How I Lost a 100 Acre Lease and 20 Cows
I don’t share this story often because… well, it’s embarrassing for me. But, I feel that it can help you, so I’ll let myself be uncomfortable for a while.
Cleanup bulls an important player in beef production
The term “cleanup bull” is being used more frequently by cow-calf raisers as artificial insemination is more widely used throughout the industry.
Understanding Beef Carcass Data Reports
Kenny Burdine, John T. Johns and W. Benjy Mikel
University of Kentucky
Producers will receive information allowing evaluation of their cattle for health and performance in the feed-yard and carcass data from the packing plant. This information will be useful in making genetic changes to improve the herd. This information may also be used as a very effective marketing tool. However, before it can be used for either of these purposes, it must be understood by the producer. This publication provides producers with a basic explanation of the terms on a carcass data report to enhance their understanding and use of the data.