Under the Hat: Jack of trades
Keep up with the beef industry newsbeat, and chances are you’ve seen Glenn Selk’s name pop up a time or two. The Nebraska native, Oklahoma import spent years working as an Extension beef specialist for Oklahoma State University, retiring from his full time position in 2010.
Nutritional Management of Replacement Heifers
The replacement heifer is the foundation of a productive cowherd and, it is important to give her the best chance at having a long and productive life in the herd,
Short Duration Grazing and Native Grasses
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Dalton Merz was born in one drought and retired in another one. It’s what happened in the middle that helped him become a range conservationist, now using everything he once spent his days teaching others on his own living demonstration farm.
Mark Parker: The Top 10 benefits of being a lousy cattleman
10. There’s a lot of sentimental value to a herd sire you raised on a bucket.
9. It’s less likely for cows with no teeth to over-graze a pasture.
Success: For Scott Mueller, it all started with the cattle
No matter the venture, Scott Mueller’s successes all look back at where it all started: raising beef. "Cattle have always been the basis for whatever field we get into," said the Columbus entrepreneur. "Whether it’s working with cow/calf or retained ownership or identifying cows, risk services or composting, they all go back to the feedlot and services surrounding that."
Seven spring suggestions to set up calves for top performance
In the cow/calf business, fall profits depend heavily on decisions producers make in the spring for both cows and calves. Keeping calves healthy and prepared for top marketing programs, as well as getting cows rebred, are universal keys to ranching success.
Bovine Practitioners offer drug use guidelines for dairy, beef cattle
The American Association of Bovine Practitioners has released its new drug use guideline document to assist beef and dairy livestock veterinarians in guiding appropriate, effective and legal drug use on cattle operations.
Should You Give Up Raising Beef for Grass-Based Dairying?
In 2008 when Rich and Carol Radtke and their daughter Madison returned to the farm 3 years after his dad died, they did it with two conditions. First, they would NOT live in a trailer.
3 advantages of culling open replacement heifers
For some Oklahoma cow-calf operations, the bulls go into the breeding pasture with replacement heifers in mid-April. As the bulls are being removed from the replacement heifers in two months, this would be an ideal time to call and make arrangements with your local veterinarian to have those heifers evaluated for pregnancy after another 60 days.
The Facts About Antibiotics in Livestock & Poultry Production
North American Meat Institute
Consumers are rightfully asking many questions about how livestock and poultry are raised and we want to answer those questions. Few issues are as complex, however, as the issue of antibiotic use in livestock and poultry production.
Heavier cattle weights changing feeders’ breakeven assumptions
Insight into the weekly buy can be facilitated through analysis of the crush – it provides some perspective into the trends of gross margin at the feedyard level. There are several crush variations utilized in the industry.
Baxter Black, DVM: One of the Mysteries of Life
Why is it that we know couples that beg the question, “What does she see in him?” I’m not going to use names for the sake of privacy.
Precondition calves for performance, quality and cash.
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
It’s been talked about for 60 years. It’s better for animals, preferred by most cattle feeders and could provide a 169% return on investment. “2014 was the biggest ‘no brainer’ year in history to precondition your calves,” says Purdue University veterinarian Mark Hilton. “2015 could be even better.”
Is a fall calving season right for your beef cattle operation?
Open cows at calving season cause considerable financial losses for beef producers. Is it worth it to switch open cows over to a fall calving season?
Nursing Calf BRD
Veterinarians seek ways to reduce the incidence of the disease claiming 16% of calves on the ranch
Novel Endophyte Fescue Boosts Gains, Cuts Grazing Time
When Curtis Schallert’s 40-year-old stands of Kentucky-31 fescue petered out a few years ago, the Missouri stocker operator decided to renovate his pastures with novel endophyte fescue.
Animal Welfare Approved – What’s In It For Me?
Demand for high-welfare, sustainable food is at an all-time high, as consumers seek meat, eggs, and dairy products that are not only healthful, but produced with animal welfare and the environment in mind.
Gov. Nixon sells out Missouri cattle farmers
High Plains Journal
On April 10, Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 12, a controversial pro-corporate agriculture bill that 1) allows for the implementation of a new beef checkoff tax on cattle producers and 2) creates a huge loophole for foreign corporations to buy and control more Missouri farmland while bypassing state laws that limit foreign corporate ownership of Missouri farmland.
Beef fuels team beef at the 2015 Boston Marathon
The national beef checkoff, through its Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (NEBPI) and in partnership with the South Dakota Beef Industry Council, ensured that beef was proudly represented during the historic running of the 119th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 20.
Implant training, checks are additive for economic success
At Palo Duro Feedyard near Gruver, Texas, manager Matt McLennan and his crew administer growth implants on a regular basis. With a carrying capacity of nearly 37,000 cattle, it is imperative everyone is doing their job correctly and efficiently.