Spring time storms and the cow herd
Derrell S. Peel
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
The calendar says that spring is here and it’s beginning to show in Oklahoma. Some pastures (and lots of weeds) are greening up and grazing cattle demand is also building. Calf and stocker prices have increased back to levels of early January. Large runs of heavy feeder cattle so far March, combined with modest feedlot demand, have limited price increases for heavy feeder cattle, though prices have increased from February lows.
What Your Livestock Think About Your Pasture
Your animals have a lot more to do than just walk around and eat. Understanding what they’re doing ensures that you’re making it easy for them to harvest their own food with the least amount of effort so you get the best performance from them.
Stocker Gains on Kentucky 31 With These Management Tricks
Conventional wisdom, not to mention research, says stockers don’t perform on Kentucky 31 fescue. The toxins produced by the forage keep young cattle from gaining enough to be profitable.
No Profit in Excuses
The more information we have, the better decisions we can make,” says Doug Gerber of Gerber Land & Cattle in Indiana. “I am making the commitment to DNA profile all females and all our sale bulls to gain the information GE-EPDs (genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences) provide.
Relating to health
Christy Couch Lee
An open, well-established relationship with your veterinarian can pay off in herd health and profits.
The Top 10 reasons to bid one more time for the quarter next door
10. When the cows get out, you can just leave them there.
Grass finished beef marketing update
Michigan State University
The grass fed beef industry is a growing industry and many producers are searching for information on current market prices. This article will shed some light on sources of information for the grass-fed beef producer.
Time to put extra weight on beef calves
"The trick is to put those added pounds on economically without harming the appearance and marketability of the calf. There are many ways to add those pounds with the most popular being to creep-feed," said Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
Antibiotic Use In Meat Is Soaring
The Huffington Post
Alexander C. Kaufman
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.
BLT sandwiches may need to add an A to the acronym — for antibiotics. Soaring demand for meat across the world has caused a major uptick in the amount of antimicrobial drugs in pork, beef and poultry, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Book about cows leaves a sour taste
Minneapolis Star Tribune
I read Prof. Tom Zelman’s review of the book “Cowed” by Denis Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes in the March 15 Variety section with frustration. It appears that the book and certainly Zelman have trotted out the long and oft-heard polemics regarding cows in America. I feel it’s critical to respond to repeated misinformation.