Producers Should Identify Herd’s Genetic Potential
Stephen B. Blezinger, PhD, PAS
In today’s market beef cattle producers are enjoying unprecedented prices for the calves and cattle they are selling from their herd. This is certainly helping many cattlemen recoup some of the losses they have experienced over the last few years when drought conditions caused herd liquidations, large cash outlays for forage purposes and purchases of high priced feed and supplements.
Health risk when purchasing cattle
Every business deals with risk. The profitable business has the ability to deal with and minimize that risk.
Footrot can be more problematic in wet years
Michigan State University
Foundations are important. Feet are the foundation of cattle and this may be a year when producers see increased incidence footrot in the herd.
Whole-genome sequencing of bulls in key beef and dairy breeds
Biology News Net
According to the researchers, breeding programs could use this information to reduce or eliminate hereditary diseases and to improve the efficency of milk and beef production.
Scientists have a beef with beef
The Columbia Daily Herald
If you want to slow climate change, white meat may be the right meat, according to two studies that tally the environmental effect of the beef industry.
Ike Hamilton: From Rodeo Clown to Auctioneer Colonel
Louisnana’s Living Traditions
With an "illustrious auctioneering career spanning 57 years and 42 states," Isaac Henry Hamilton, given the honorary title of Colonel Ike by the auction world, ranked among the top auctioneers in the nation (New Hall of Fame). A native and lifetime resident of West Monroe, Louisiana, Hamilton was born July 9, 1911 and died May 1, 1997.
Cattle health during the dog days of summer: Fly control
Frustrating and at times hard to kill, fly control offers many benefits to cattle producers. The buzzing pests are the carriers of bacteria and disease, such as anaplasmosis – a cow killing, weight dropping, aborting and bull infertility nightmare.
Utilize summer moisture to reduce costs
Harvested forage costs are a large part of the production costs associated with cow-calf enterprises. For the first time in two years, producers in the eastern two-thirds of Oklahoma will have enough Bermuda grass to consider stockpiling some of the forage for winter feed.
Storing Wet and Modified Distillers Grains
The market prices for distillers grain prices have dropped significantly in recent weeks. As Dr. Darrell Mark points out in his recent iGrow article Distillers Grains Prices Declining, prices have declined both in absolute dollar values but also as a percentage of the value of corn.