When should colostrum replacement products be used for newborn calves?
University of Nebraska
We all recognize that it’s crucial newborn calves get off to a good start and one of the most important things that needs to happen at birth is the adequate consumption of high-quality colostrum by the newborn calf.
So Where Did The Calves Come From?
So how do you start the year with fewer "cows that have calves" and end the year with a larger calf crop? I guess you have to credit at least three factors: 1) A significant number of first-time mother in 2014; 2) A higher calving rate; and 3) An extra special twist of USDA math (e.g., death loss assumptions, slaughter ratios, etc).
What you need to know about colostrum for beef calves
Claire Windeyer, Lorraine Doepel And John Kastelic
With cattle prices at historic highs, it’s important to get the 2015 calf crop off to a great start and minimize sickness and death. Most cattle producers know that colostrum is important for calves; this article will briefly review background information regarding colostrum, and provide some practical tips.
Maternal Edge Female Profile, Igenity Gold and Silver Profiles Are Released
A Steak in Genomics
Previously, when I spoke with commercial producers about genomic predictions for their heifers, I talked about two products, the GeneMax Focus and the GeneMax Advantage tests marketed by Zoetis. This has now changed.
Producing ‘Enough’ Beef for Growing World Population
Oklahoma Farm Report
Feeding a growing world population is among of the top concerns at the Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio. The annual gathering has cattlemen thinking about how the beef industry will be feeding more people with less resources in the decades to come.
Long-time feedlot data firm enters stocker data business
I found Shawn Walter today at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and he showed me some exciting potentials in the new stocker cattle management system from Professional Cattle Consultants.
Iowa Beef Expo Kicks Off Week-Long Run in Des Moines
The Iowa Beef Expo started the first full day run in Des Moines Sunday. The event, which can draw an estimated 17,000 people to the State Fairgrounds, began as a bull sale. It is still a bull sale with some other events mixed in.
Attention, all cattle producers: your industry needs you!
W. Mark Hilton
Numerous articles in this monthly column have highlighted new information the authors have acquired at veterinary meetings. Many DVMs who work with cattle are members of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), which has more than 5,000 veterinarians as members, most of them from the U.S. and Canada.
West Coast port dispute affecting meat industry
University of Missouri
A long-running labor dispute has created a big backup of products moving through West Coast ports. Stacks of shipping containers sit at the ports and many ships are anchored offshore waiting to unload their cargo.
Genetic Selection To Produce Replacement Heifers
Yankton Press & Dakotan
The current cattle industry climate points to probable increase in demand for replacement heifers, said Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. Beef cow inventories are at their lowest in decades and at the same time stronger cattle markets projected for the future,” Rusche said.