Weight measurement enables effective management
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
We commonly hear the phrase "you can’t manage what you don’t measure," especially in regards to forage production and pasture management. However, this statement applies to many other facets of beef cattle production. Cattle are managed, in many ways, according to their weight.
Managing Feedlot Cattle During a Heat Wave
Summer heat waves pose a serious danger to cattle in feedlots. Not only is there elevated risk of death loss, but there is also the reduction in performance and efficiency to consider.
The 60-Day Culling Limit
Old, open or ornery means an automatic ticket to town for Jacot Ranch cows. That’s just simple economics for Paul Jacot and his son, John. But the Moline, Kan., cow/calf men have been changing their culling strategy lately in order to head the herd in a whole new direction.
Beta-agonists Have Clear Effects on Cattle, Scientists Say
At the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science and American Dairy Science Assn. in Kansas City, Mo., this week, a group of scientists said beta-agonists provide clear and consistent effects when fed to cattle and swine as recommended.
State votes to adopts standards to align with federal livestock identification program
The state Board of Animal Health has voted to adopt standards that align Indiana with a federal livestock identification program aimed at helping agriculture officials quickly track livestock in cases of disease. Indiana State Veterinarian Bret D. Marsh says Indiana will start its new livestock identification and documentation requirements on Jan. 1.
More shoppers say they care about ‘animal welfare’
A spokesman for the organization that represents U.S. food retailers says more consumers are identifying “humane treatment of farm animals” as one of their food-buying concerns.
How dead cattle led to the discovery of warfarin
Although not quite up there with Hercules and the Minotaur, it’s still a fairly accurate statement, considering the creation of the world’s most famous anticoagulant – allowing the treatment of life-threatening blood clots and atrial fibrillation – all began with a set of mysterious deaths that threatened the livelihood of farmers in the Northern US and Canada in the early 1920s.
Farm groups marshaling support to scrap EPA’s proposed water rule
Delta Farm Press
A proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Corps of Engineers would give the two agencies the power to dictate land use decisions and farming practices on or near waters and land features covered by the rule, says Andy Whittington, Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation environmental programs coordinator, and would make it more difficult to farm or to change a farming operation in order to remain competitive and profitable.
Mob grazing better than MiG method?
Emily G. Adams
Mob grazing certainly does not sound like a technical grazing term, but it is the name most commonly given to describe ultra-high stock density grazing.
Impact of Stock Shows on Our Youth
Dr. Brad Davis
Although the ribbons, awards and scholarships are nice perks, it isn’t all about winning in the show ring. To an outsider the skills or opportunities that youth gain through the exhibition of livestock might be rarely noticed or appreciated. But to a participant, parent, advisor or avid attendee it is truly extraordinary.
Minerals: A small but mighty contribution to cattle health and performance
Nicole Kenney Rambo
Farm and Ranch Guide
Minerals tend to be one of the last things we consider when formulating beef cattle rations because they make up such a small percentage and we often don’t put enough emphasis on the opportunity to optimize beef cattle production through the fine-tuning of our mineral offerings.