BeefTalk: Revising the Bull Pen
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Each year, the Dickinson Research Extension Center reviews the bulls from the previous year to cut back on what bulls need to be overwintered. Because the bulls are bought based on their ability to transmit the right genes into the cow herd, their expected progeny difference (EPD) values already have stood the evaluation tests of when they were purchased.
Managing feedlot cattle comfort in the winter
High Plains Journal
Managing stress in the winter time can improve the performance of feedlot cattle. Cattle respond to cold stress by burning more calories to maintain body temperature.
Can Buying Late-Bred Cows Lead to Higher Revenue?
Record high cattle prices have led to questions about additional revenue-generating options in the market, one of them being the possibility of buying bred cows, then selling both the cow and the calf later.
Putting a lid on methane from cattle
Asheville Courier Tribune
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill signed by President Barack Obama contains many giveaways to Wall Street, casinos and the coal industry. But the ones that might do the most severe damage long-term have to do with, of all things, the digestive systems of cattle.
Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show Feb. 11
Southeast Farm Press
The 30th annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show will be Feb. 11 at the Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center in Marianna, Florida.
Testing forage helps ensure proper livestock nutrition
Colder weather means livestock need more energy to be able to withstand harsh winter conditions outdoors, according to a forages expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Understanding Temple Grandin And More: Behind The Scenes Of A Reddit AMA
It was a brilliant moment in a large collection of memorable AMAs and yesterday Colorado State added an element on Facebook that makes it even better: a behind-the-scenes look at Grandin answering the questions, while doctoral candidate Ruth Woiwode typed in her answers.
Can we use genetics instead of chemistry to control disease?
Alison Van Eenennaam
The most expensive health problem facing the cattle industry is bovine respiratory disease (BRD), or shipping fever. This disease complex is triggered by a number of interdependent factors including stressors such as weaning and transportation, exposure to new viral and bacterial agents, acclimatization to a new location and the establishment of a pecking order among new penmates.
Cattle Jingle All the Way to Trombone Playing Rancher
Calling in cattle for a little feeding and counting can be done in many ways, but Kansas cattle producer Derek Klingenberg has one of the more unique cattle calls. Armed with his trombone and a present for his calves Klingenberg proceeds to call them in with Christmas inspired tune, “Jingle All The Way.”
Rich history, strong future at Tom Brothers Ranch
Southern Livestock Standard
Tom Brothers Ranch, a formidable south Texas operation located in Camp-bellton, can trace its roots to 1857, and is proud to claim Ellen Campbell Tom as family matriarch and attributes the ranch’s growth and success to the widow of Charles Tom, the ranch’s founder.