One-man corrals reduce labor requirements
Working cattle can require several people depending on corral design and its access routes from pastures. Temporary help is often hired for this activity, which is usually scheduled when cowhands are available rather than optimum times to vaccinate, brand, castrate, dehorn and treat for external parasites.
One Farmer’s Method for Setting Up Temporary Fencing
Every farmer and rancher has his or her own method for setting up fences and moving cattle. I’ve learned a lot about how to make my life easier by watching someone else do their work, and then adapting it to my own needs. With that in mind, I thought you’d all enjoy this video from J.C.’s Organic Farming channel.
Monitor Bulls During Breeding Season
Carl Dahlgren, Gerald Stokka
North Dakota State University
Watch for breeding activity, injuries and overall condition. The majority of beef herds in this region are in the heart of their breeding seasons, and many of those that aren’t will start their breeding seasons soon.
Scientist says commercial-scale lab-produced hamburger is ‘realistic’
Lab-produced cultured hamburger will come down in price and make it to market, said researcher Dr. Mark J. Post, during a July 12 presentation at the Institute of Food Technologists’ conference in Chicago.
For heritage-breed farmers, finding a good butcher can mean a 460-mile round trip
Nikki Seibert Kelley
Charleston City Paper
Across the nation and here at home, the numbers indicate an increasing demand for local, heritage-breed, pasture-raised, hand-butchered animals. However, the majority of livestock in America is still raised in concentrated animal feeding operations and processed in large mechanized factories focused on providing low-priced products.
Diagnosing cause of abortions difficult
The Western Producer
Cattle abortions can be frustrating for producers and veterinarians because a diagnosis may be confirmed only half the time. “Getting negative findings from the lab does not equate with diagnostic failure,” said pathologist Cameron Knight of the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine.
Why would a banker keep track of your vaccines?
“Mike Apley’s article in the January 2015 issue of BEEF got my interest up. It was pertaining to the changes in our industry since his great-uncle had used an old folding pocket knife, some 100 years ago. He briefly touched on when penicillin was discovered in 1928 and various forms of early vaccines used for blackleg.