Get Your Cattle Feeding Program Geared Up For A Bad Winter
There is a decent chance, says Brian Bledsoe, that an El Niño will grace the U.S. with its presence this winter. “But to be honest, we’re undecided what type of El Niño this is going to be,” he says.
Steve Suther: Fixer Uppers
Black Ink via Cattle Today
Decades of using at least breed-average bulls in the pasture and artificial insemination (AI) on the top half moved their progeny up from 10 percent premium Choice to eight times that. I would not want to start over with any other cows now, but it’s still easy to find a bottom 20 percent in these.
Winter feeding, watering
The thermometer and flocks of geese overhead are signaling that it’s time for cow-calf producers to get ready for winter feeding. Sorting cows for more efficient winter supplemental feeding, considering using snow for water and replacing corn-based feeds for hay are just a few ideas to ponder.
Forage the Foundation of Operation’s Fetal Programming Focus
Kelly Smith’s cow herd has always had his complete attention when dams are in their last trimester of pregnancy. Now, he’s focused on every stage, making sure dam and calf are always getting everything they need.
American Royal junior livestock auction raises more than $600,000
The 2014 American Royal Livestock Show is underway, and new records are being set. The American Royal Association’s Junior Premium Livestock Auction broke its previous record, and raised more than $600,000 this year, Leslie Collins reported for the Kansas City Business Journal.
Indiana Forage Field Day Set For Oct. 30
Hay and Forage Grower
Forage growers and livestock producers will be able to see the diverse use of forages during Indiana Forage Field Day activities, set for Oct. 30.
Cattle Thefts Underscore Branding, Tattoo Importance
Like a tale out of some mid-century Western film, cattle rustlers are still on the prowl more than 60 years later. With lower feed prices and higher demand, cattle prices are up across the country, leading thieves to look for profitable ventures in taking animals in the middle of the night and transporting them across state borders to neighboring sale barns, NPR reports.
Why CAFOs May Soon Be Cool
Hoosier AG Today
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) is both a legal term and a epithet. The federal and state governments have a strict definition of a CAFO and specific licensing, inspection, and oversight regulations for any farm so designated. Environmental and activist groups use the term to vilify any operation they don’t like.
Colorado Livestock Quarantine still in Effect
The Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office says there are 60 locations under quarantine after horses and cows tested positive for a debilitating virus. The virus called vesicular stomatitis is spread by insects and from animal to animal through open sores and saliva.
Turn Your Irrigating System into a Fencing System
After months of nonuse, pivot irrigation systems are finally put to work during the growing season; but, after crops are harvested, they slowly crawl back into depreciating winter hibernation.