BeefTalk: Nice Weather for Calving is Priority One
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
April 2, 3, 4 and 5 were the big calving dates during the mid-1990s calving seasons and remained that way well past the turn of the century. Currently, the numbers look more like April 5, 6, 7 and 8. These are calving dates for North Dakota and may be similar for other northern Plains states. Other regions would need to determine the dates for themselves.
Get the Most from Your Heifer Investment
Tom Brink, formerly with Cattle-Fax and now associated with JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, said in September of 2011, “Owning beef cows might be a good idea, for the present and into the future.”
The Top Ten reasons a farmer gets grouchy
10. He misses the noon markets.
9. There are beans to plant, brush to spray, cows to move and hay to cut and his wife insists he attends his great-niece’s best friend’s cousin’s wedding.
Shades, tanks just two options to keep cattle cool this summer
As soon as the planters are in the shed, the crew at Weborg Feeding Co. near Pender, Neb., will unpack the shades in preparation for summer in the yard.
Efficient animals produce more beef for the buck
The Western Producer
Two bull calves standing in a pasture may look the same, but one could be more feed efficient than the other. That trait is an economic benefit to the cattle industry because feed costs are the largest expense in raising beef.
Extension agent talks ag, beef industry
Beef is one of the most nutrient rich foods there is. Kacy Atkinson, CSU Extension agent, shared that fact when she spoke about the beef industry and why people should continue to keep beef in their diet during a Rotary Club meeting Wednesday.
Research Finds No Bull Fertility Difference With Pyrethroid Use
The use of pyrethroid products, if used according to the label, should not interfere with cattle fertility,” reports Hilari French, DVM, PhD, Resident, Rural Animal Health Management in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois (UI).
New option for vaccinating against pneumonia caused by M. haemolytica
Pneumonia has always been a concern for dairy producers and Mannheimia haemolytica (M. haemolytica, formerly called Pasteurella haemolytica) is the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia in cattle.1 Exposure to respiratory viruses, coupled with reduced immunity caused by overcrowding, new herd additions, transportation, ventilation insufficiencies and sudden weather changes are factors that increase the risk of this type of pneumonia.
7 Common Fencing Mistakes
Whether you’re an experienced hand or just learning the basics of wood, wire and tape, there’s always something more to learn when it comes to livestock fencing. Jim Gerrish, of American GrazingLands Services LLC, in May, Idaho, and Kevin Derynck, Gallagher territory manager based in Keystone, S.D., shared their thoughts on the seven most common fencing mistakes.
In the Cool of Spring, Plan For the Heat of Summer
As soon as the planters are in the shed, the crew at Weborg Feeding Co. near Pender, Neb., will unpack the shades in preparation for summer in the yard. The 16 portable tarp systems they’ve purchased in the last two years are just one more step in their effort to minimize heat stress on finished animals.