BeefTalk: Time to Sort the Thin, Young or Old Cows
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The cow is the source of production, so keeping her in shape is critical. Today’s point is that cows will regain body condition easier when production demands are low. Also, as a general rule, when the living have adequate food but are limited to little activity, weight gain occurs. If food is bountiful, weight gain will occur even faster.
Education from the epicenter of the U.S. beef industry
The National Provisioner
Visitors of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Animal Science Complex are reminded that the leading objective of land grant institutions is instruction in agriculture and related sciences.
Heifer Selection: It’s Not Just About Phenotype
If you are like many in the cattle business, it is enjoyable setting ringside at any cattle show and becoming awed by the physical beauty of the cattle paraded in front of the scrutinizing eye of the judge.
See the diverse use of forages during Indiana Forage Field Day
"This will be an opportunity to learn how forages are grown for many different purposes, such as soil conservation, feed for livestock, wildlife habitat and as a biofuel," said Purdue Extension forage specialist Keith Johnson, organizer of the field day.
Hay Quality and Supplemental Feeding
University of Nebraska
To answer the question, “is my hay feeding program meeting the cowherd’s nutritional requirements?”, two key pieces of information are needed. The first piece of information to obtain is the animal nutritional needs.
Tumbling grain prices change feed mix
Iowa Farmer Today
Tumbling corn prices helped convince Brent Lorimor it was time to feed more of his grain and less distillers. Lorimor, who farms and feeds cattle near here in Fremont County, started lessening the amount of modified distillers in his ration a few months ago.
Heifer management sets stage for profit
Rebuilding the U.S. cow herd numbers takes more than keeping female offspring to breed. Managing beef heifers is as important as using improved genetics in developing replacements, said David Patterson, University of Missouri. As farmers save heifers to breed for increasing their cow herds, careful attention must be paid to pre-breeding care.
Four States Cattle Conference set Dec. 3 in Texarkana
The Four States Cattle Conference set Dec. 3 in Texarkana is a great new opportunity for livestock producers, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county agent. “Beef cattle production is a very important agricultural enterprise for northeast Texas,” said Brian Triplet, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources in Bowie County.
Handling Facilities Cut the Stress
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Chute size and weight must be matched with cattle size. Don’t buy more than you need, but be sure you get enough. There is nothing more stressful than trying to work large cattle in a chute that’s too small.
Rebuilding cow herds among topics at State of Beef Conference
Cow-calf producers in Nebraska and surrounding states are facing a decision as their pastures recover from several years of drought. Many producers are considering rebuilding herds that were downsized in response to the drought. But herd expansion carries both high costs and potentially big rewards.