BeefTalk: Commercial Beef Production Remains a Stable Business
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The beef business is quite consistent, despite all the trending articles that are written. In fact, when one takes a look at data in the world of commercial production, gradual changes are noted, but radical change is not something that is evident within those commercial beef units. Production through decades is a better indicator of change than year-to-year changes.
Colostrum Gives New-Born Calves the Right Start
With the high value of calves, the nutrition of the cow and her calf should be of utmost importance. Dr. David Hutcheson, animal nutritionist and consultant with Animal Agricultural Consulting in Scroggins, says the period during calving and the following 90 days is critical for both the cow and calf. The calf will require consumption of colostrum from the cow immediately after birth, and as quickly as possible.
Plants Poisonous to Livestock
University of Missouri
Several species of plants poisonous to livestock are distributed throughout Missouri, and many of them are commonly found in native or improved pastures. This guide describes some of the more common species that are toxic to various livestock.
Extra Feed Needed in Colder Weather
Livestock producers need to plan how they’ll keep their animals warm when the temperatures drop, wind chills rise and it starts to snow, snow, snow.
Cattleman stretches out grazing season
Iowa Farmer Today
A couple of inches of snow crunch under Tim Kaldenberg’s boots as he watches some of his cows mill around his truck. With wind chills well below zero, fertilizing this pasture any time soon may seem a bit far-fetched for the South Central Iowa farmer.
Cattle Castration and Dehorning Pain Management
Great Plains Veterinary
Dehorning and castration of calves intended for beef production are common management practices performed in the U.S. A variety of methods are available to perform these procedures and each has both positive and negative benefits. However, all methods of dehorning and castration result in some level of pain and distress on the animal.
Genetic Selection for Replacement Heifers
The current cattle industry climate points to probable increase in demand for replacement heifers, said Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.
The Top Ten livestock handling safety tips
10. Since loud noises can scare livestock, try not to scream while being chased.
Feedlot nutrition: Provide a smooth transition
When transitioning cattle from ranch to rail, feed intake of a nutrient-dense diet is of utmost importance. Research indicates only 20 percent of cattle will eat on the day of arrival to the feedyard and by day five, only two-thirds are eating a sufficient ration from the bunk.
Emergency preparedness one bite at a time
Early recognition and rapid response to a foreign animal disease (FAD) are critical to mitigating the toll it takes, according to Dr. Justin Smith, deputy animal health commissioner for the Kansas Department of Agriculture.