BeefTalk: Prepping for the Bull-buying Season
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
I am going to say this three times: A producer does not need to know all the mathematics, justifications or scientific “who done it” aspects of breed association expected progeny differences (EPDs). These EPDs are available to all purebred and commercial producers, so use them. The behind-the-scenes professionals will fine-tune this terrific tool for beef producers.
Test Forages Repeatedly For Accurate Results
Hay and Forage Grower
Forage quality is the ability of a forage to support a desired level of animal weight gain or milk production. The quality needed depends on the animal being fed and associated feeds in the diet.
Implants May Decrease Heifer Fertility
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Before implanting heifers that will be bred, consult with a veterinarian to be sure fertility won’t be impacted.
Bull Reproductive Health Fact Sheet
University of Wisconsin
Bulls are common on many beef operations. It is estimated that 90% of beef producers utilize a bull for breeding purposes. Therefore, the reproductive efficiency of the operation is dependent, not only on the reproductive efficiency of the dam, but also the sire. In this fact sheet we are going to address bull reproductive health.
Angus Offers Internship and Scholarship Opportunities
The American Angus Association® and its entities take great pride in investing in the beef industry’s future generations. With paid internships and scholarship programs, the Association provides a chance for students to gain real-world knowledge and experience in the cattle industry, as well as financial support to further the education of undergraduate and graduate students passionate about Angus cattle.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
Beef. It’s what’s for dinner. It’s what’s for dinner on a regular basis at my house in Central Kansas. It’s also a suppertime mainstay in all 50 states of the United States. And thanks in part to the Beef Checkoff Program, it’s increasingly becoming the featured item on plates of the nearly 96 percent of the global population residing outside our borders.
Amino acid being studied to help breed cows during drought
Pregnant cows have a harder time during drought because they are eating for two. If they are not able to consume and digest the required nutrients during pregnancy, calf development can be negatively influenced, which in turn has an impact on the dollars in the cattle producer’s bank account.
Missouri Livestock Symposium, Dec. 5-6, Offers Something for Everyone
At the 2014 Missouri Livestock Symposium, Dec. 5-6 at William Matthew Middle School in Kirksville, experts from across the nation will speak on topics ranging from beef cattle to forage, sheep and goats to estate planning, and horses to stock dogs.
Johnson urges COOL appeal
South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson, one of the original authors of the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law, is urging the administration to appeal the recent World Trade Organization ruling that he says undermines the COOL program.
Record heavy cattle won’t ground sky-high beef prices
U.S. cattle are hitting record weights and the heavier trend should continue next year, but beef production will still fall short of demand and keep prices high, industry experts said.