Victoria G. Myers
Time is a scarce commodity on the Graben farm, in Fyffe, Ala. Like a lot of cattlemen, Dale Graben puts in a full day of work before he comes home. Once there, the second-generation cattleman heads up a 130-head Angus-based cow herd, three broiler houses and about 275 acres of pasture and hay ground.
Use of Egg Proteins Can Help Produce a Strong, Healthy Calf
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
Virtually every cattleman will tell you that the success of his operation is dependent on producing healthy, productive replacements. The nutrition and health management of newborn calves is a constant topic of concern, and every producer is looking for a cost-effective, magic combination of products and practices that result in healthy calves on a consistent basis.
Beef producers should act to make sure hay supplies last
Bristol Herald Courier
With close to three months of colder weather ahead, producers may need to consider some forage-saving measures to make it through the winter. This may be a good time to cull some of those non-productive cows. Pregnancy-checking cows can identify those “free-loaders” and those cows that will calve later than desired.
Winter/spring-born calves in danger of vitamin deficiencies
With calving season upon us, beef producers should be aware of the dangers of vitamin deficiencies in their gestating cows and the effect that has on their newborn calves. During winter months, gestating cows with no access to green-grass may be deficient in fat-soluble vitamins A and E.
Air study finds evidence of antibiotics in dust near feedlots
Texas Tech University researchers study air near cattle feedlots in Southern High Plains, say finding of antibiotic traces in dust document aerial transmission of antibiotic resistance
Tracking cattle pays more
The Cattle Business Weekly
Technology has changed the way even large cattle feeders do business. Beef Northwest’s Ron Rowan says electronic I-D, allows them to track cattle through feeding. Because of this, Beef Northwest at North Powder, Ore. is able to garner premiums on cattle.
Reality vs. myth of animal feeding and the environment
Animal feeding operations (AFO) are often presented by media in an unfavorable light. There are, indeed, environmental challenges to which animal agriculture can be a contributor, including polluted runoff, nitrate leaching, and ammonia and methane emissions to the atmosphere.
Selling Cattle With Video and Satellite
When our steers are about 800lbs. they’re ready to hit the road. We winter our late spring born calves and let them graze right through spring and summer so they are ready for market in August and September. We raise cattle with a little “ear” and have many people advising us that the market will dock us for this trait.
Conference at Virginia Tech to focus on health of beef cattle herds
The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and Virginia Cooperative Extension are hosting the Virginia Tech Beef Cattle Health Conference on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendance will meet the requirement for beef quality assurance recertification for those already certified in the Virginia Beef Quality Assurance program.
The three stages of parturition for the beef cow
As the spring calving season approaches, an increased understanding of the parturition process is helpful. The more we understand about the physiology of the process, the more likely we are to make sound decisions about providing assistance. Parturition or “calving” is generally considered to occur in three stages.