BeefTalk: Age and Weight Are Cow Herd Dynamics
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Most producers seem to refer to cows as “the herd.” In reality, that herd is split into several age groups that often are overlooked. In fact, managers usually look at averages to guide managerial applications.
Take Preventative Steps to Avoid Fall Health Issues
Floron C. Faries, Jr.
As a cow-calf herd goes into the fall season after a hot, dry summer, the entire herd may be stressed. Excessive heat, short grass and low water tanks stress cattle and make them more susceptible to diseases.
Rabies Vaccinations Matter
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
The CDC also advises, "Livestock from which raw (unpasteurized) milk or milk products are produced for direct human consumption should be currently vaccinated against rabies."
Beef Cow Culling; an Opportunity
Is your herd on the natural culling cycle (i.e. animals dying of old age)? Is that old beef cow a “hard keeper” over winter and you just cannot keep weight on her?
Forty-Five Cattlemens’ Associations Tell USDA: Don’t Hijack the Checkoff
Today, 45 state cattlemens’ associations representing more than 170,000 cattle breeders, producers and feeders sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him not to issue an Order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman says the strong turnout of signatories to this letter demonstrate the concern across the country with the Secretary’s stated intention.
Japanese Purebreed Offers Lessons On Livestock Breeding
I think perhaps the most interesting thing, and the reason I’m telling you this story, is that these cattle were carefully and meticulously linebred (which is planned inbreeding) to create animals that would consistently produce super-Prime carcasses for the Japanese beef market, a specialty market which puts high monetary value on such things.
Fall Calving in the Cornbelt: Nutritional Considerations
Patrick Gunn, Joe Sellers
When is fall calving? As we talk to producers in Iowa, it seems some consider the fall-calving season to occur from August 15 – October 31, while others assume September 15 to November 1 is the right time frame.