Is that new bull worth insuring? Most likely
Farm and Ranch Guide
Producers may spend hours searching bull sales for that perfect purebred bull for their herd. When they get their high-value bull home, they realize they have just paid several thousand dollars for this new purebred bull, or even into the five or even six digit area in 2015.
Breeding bull soundness clinics find 14% ‘unsatisfactory’
The 2015 spring bull breeding soundness clinics found 14.5 percent of the screened bulls to be unsatisfactory as potential breeders to be placed in with cows or heifers this spring. A total of 235 bulls were examined during the clinics.
Genetic Editing Emerges
Producers have many genetic tools to advance the productivity and profitability of their cowherds. AI, genomic enhanced EPDs, timed estrus synchronization, embryo transfer and sexed semen are just a few tools producers have to choose from. The newest tool is gene editing.
Brood Cow Size
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
I think many producers have unknowingly allowed their cows to get too large for their production systems. By focusing on weaning weights in their calves and utilizing the cheap supplements of the recent past, they have selected for more growth in the heifers they retain.
Biofuel industry creates another alternative protein supplement for cattle
One might surely reason that ruminant animals, especially cattle, are the most versatile of all the livestock species. Ruminants can utilize nutrients from sources of the poorest quality to the highest quality.
Hardware Disease of Cattle
Bonnard L. Moseley
University of Missouri
Hardware disease is produced by a sharp object that pierces the stomach wall and gains access to the heart. A sharp object, such as a nail or piece of wire, may perforate into the heart sac. The object lies originally in a chamber of the stomach known as the reticulum.
Fescue fix for “Huge problem” for cattle producers
Missouri is one of many states where toxic fescue has taken a bite out of the beef industry. University of Missouri Extension Forage Specialist Craig Roberts says farmers need to replace Kentucky-31, or K-31 tall fescue with non-toxic fescue, “It’s the most serious and devastating forage livestock disorder in the United States.”