Corn Silage: New Ruler of the Bunk?
Alfalfa has been called the Queen of forages, but corn silage may be the new King. Feeding high quality forage is a key to success for dairy cows, without it production and reproduction suffer.
NCBA Urges U.S. Senate to Repeal Death Tax
Oklahoma Farm Report
Down through the years, small businesses and several agricultural groups have fought hard to totally eliminate the federal estate tax, otherwise known as the “Death Tax”. This last week the House of Representatives voted in favor of total repeal of the estate tax.
Does Minimizing Production Costs Always Make Sense?
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
Beef production costs center largely around the three F’s – Feed, Fertilizer and Fuel. The costs of all three of these commodities are generally volatile and it’s doubtful this will ever change.
Answers for Anaplasmosis
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Keep anaplasmosis levels down by controlling biting flies and ticks, and using clean needles and equipment. Anaplasmosis is usually only seen in cattle older than 2 and is most common in summer and fall. But I am now seeing it even during the winter months here in Alabama.
Did you know that deworming now can help minimize parasites throughout the grazing season?
University of Arkansas
Internal parasites can lead to negative impacts on cattle performance and significantly affect the economics of your operation. Parasites have been shown to reduce feed intake and decrease average daily gain, and these factors may in turn affect calf weaning weights and cow pregnancy rates.
Forward Thinking in Animal Well-Being at Cattle Empire
At Cattle Empire LLC in Satanta, Kan., there’s an ongoing effort to improve animal welfare, led by CEO Roy Brown and Dave Sjeklocha, DVM, Operations Manager of Animal Health & Welfare. Among their next areas of focus: instituting a quarterly animal welfare training program for all employees.
Italian and Annual Ryegrasses in Cropping Systems
Italian ryegrass is a vigorous biennial grass that is most often managed as an annual crop when used as a cover, companion, or forage crop in northern climates. The forage quality and yield potential are extraordinary when appropriate cultivars are selected and intensively managed.
Rancher markets ag sustainability
Beth Robinette believes in the long-term sustainability of her family’s ranch, and she has the tattoos to prove it. She has tattoos of a steer with the cuts of beef on her arm, a cowgirl riding a bucking bull, her family ranch’s brand and, on the calf of her right leg, she has several species of grasses with their root structures.
Feed efficiency genetic research project in its final year
Efficient use of feed resources in beef production is important on several fronts. Feed costs represent the largest of the cost of production items, ranging from 50 to 60 percent of cow-calf costs to 70 to 80 percent of feedlot production costs.
4 tips for late spring, early summer livestock pasture management
Doug Hawkins, beef cattle consultant for Purina Animal Nutrition, says pasture management beginning in early spring can directly impact the body condition score of the cow, the growth of the calf at her side and conception rates post-calving.