Beef Improvement Federation to meet June 9-12
The Cattle Business Weekly
The 2015 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium will be June 9-12 at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Conference Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. The theme for this year’s program is “Rebuilding a Cowherd.”
Grass tetany and an early spring
We haven’t had much of a winter in most of Montana in 2015. With many signs and symptoms of an early spring, grass tetany is probably a timely topic. Grass tetany is a metabolic disease of cattle associated with grazing lush, green pasture.
Student’s focus is on cattle digestion, nutrition
Lacey Armit knew she’d learn all sorts of things when she undertook her first major research project as a sophomore at Southern Illinois University Carbondale — like, for example, how to laugh at herself. It’s a skill that’s come in handy, even as she has honed her expertise in collecting data and making sense of it.
The Top 10 questionable farming practices employed by the guy down the road
10. Apparently, he’s exploring the use of cedar trees as a cover crop.
9. Leaving fall crops in the field until January reduces storage charges.
Drought-Resistant Foundation Needs to be Established Early
Victoria G. Myers
Forage deficits cost money. Sometimes they even cost opportunity, forcing cattle sales when the market is not at its optimum, and hot, dry conditions have limited carrying capacity.
Calf losses before birth a concern for ranchers
Farm and Ranch Guide
Abortions can be a major concern for cattle producers. An “abortion” is the discharge of the fetus prior to the end of the normal gestation period, according to Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension Service veterinarian and livestock stewardship specialist. Many abortions occur in the first 45 days of conception (called early embryonic death), and the embryos or fetuses are so small that they may not be seen.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
One statement, or theme really, struck me this year, and it wasn’t from a cattleman or industry member. It was from keynote speaker Erik Wahl, an internationally-recognized graffiti artist who created these amazing paintings onstage within a matter of minutes and used them to share a message of creativity. “Work smarter, not harder,” he said, encouraging cattlemen to employ creative problem solving and to think outside the box.
Small improvements to corrals and chutes can improve health and profitability in cattle operations
High Plains Journal
Well-managed cattle herds are run through the corral and chutes several times a year for things like vaccinations, castration, artificial insemination and parasite treatments. Producers with good, workable chutes are more likely to complete the appropriate practices than an owner with sub-par facilities according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
Calf tagging: Motivation for a head-slinging cow
Kari Lynn Dell
Progressive Forage Producer
One of the downsides of being a published author is social media. As in, I’m expected to show my face there and shamelessly promote my book. I can handle Twitter; it has ways to filter and sort what you see when you scroll through your news feed.
Considerations for Livestock Composting
In any livestock operation there are always mortalities. So how do we properly dispose of those animal carcasses? Not everyone has access to a rendering service anymore, and if you are a sheep producer, rendering companies do not take sheep mortalities.