Thin Cows? A Pre-breeding Nutritional Push Helps
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Spring was mellow this year. There was some cold weather, but more dry than wet weather, which was good for calving. Calf losses should be minimal, while keeping in mind that a 4 percent calf death rate is not abnormal. Even when the weather is good, the calving season has some good and bad days.
Tools to keep calves healthy through the summer
Branding season or pasture turnout is a natural time point that lends itself well to working calves and preparing them for the summer ahead.
Helicopter to the Rescue for Oklahoma Cattle
Cattle stranded by floodwaters in Oklahoma were saved from possible starvation thanks to a delivery of hay and feed by a Chinook helicopter.
Yes, you can insure livestock
It’s amazing just how many things a beef operation can insure. With prices of inputs and animals rising, insurance looks increasingly like a viable business consideration.
Mandatory or Voluntary Runoff Rules?
Agriculture and environmental interests may agree that farmers need to do more to cut back nutrient runoff, but the path toward achieving those cutbacks continues to be a point of contention.
Tight Supplies, Strong Dollar Continues to Impact Beef Exports
Oklahoma Farm Report
Beef exports are showing some improvement since the beginning of the year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released their latest numbers for the month of March.
A flood of comments on the Dietary Guidelines
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
The North American Meat Institute and other meat industry players have heavily lobbied the agencies to ensure that these recommendations are not accepted and have asserted that sustainability concerns should be excluded from guidance on nutrition.