Baxter Black, DVM: Veterinary Medicine Ain’t What It Used To Be
Over the years the number of large animal veterinarians has steadily declined. It is most evident in rural America and Canada. Many factors have contributed to this decline; the greatest is the change in the profession itself.
Build and Write Down Your Beef Cattle Nutrition Plan
Robert and Janelle Fears
Developing and executing a good animal nutrition plan is important for herd profitability because supplementation is one of the top expenses. Writing the plan down is the key to executing it.
BeefTalk: A Time to Reflect and Ponder
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
It was a time to reflect during a trip home to help Dad. After 91 years on the farm, he was moving to an assisted living facility. The night drive across western North Dakota was quite interesting. I remembered all the times I had driven these roads hoping to see another car.
American Gelbvieh Association Releases Genomic-Enhanced EPDs
A Steak in Genomics
The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) has released genomic-enhanced EPDs with the fall 2014 international cattle evaluation. Genomic-enhanced EPDs (GE EPDs) combine pedigree, individual performance and genomic information to save time and money, reduce risk, and accelerate the rate of genetic progress.
New Forage Test Pinpoints Fiber Digestibility; It delivers more accurate readings
Hay and Forage Grower
A new forage test that actually measures how much forage a cow can digest will help producers and nutritionists maximize dry matter intake and milk production. So says Cornell University animal scientist Mike Van Amburgh. The test uses in vitro fermentation to measure undigested NDF (uNDF), sometimes called indigestible NDF (iNDF), in alfalfa, corn silage and other forages.
Someone Made A Cologne that Attracts Cows. Here’s Why.
"The challenge for me was to design a cologne that appeals to the sensitive bovine as well as the most stylish modern farmer-slash-homesteader," says creator Lisa Brodar, who with her husband moved from New York City to Maine six years ago to start an apothecary called Portland General Store.
KY State Beef Assessment Referendum Set November 20
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture issued the following news release: A referendum on whether Kentucky cattle producers may be assessed $1 per head on cattle marketed in Kentucky is scheduled for Nov. 20, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association have announced.