BeefTalk: Grazing Systems are Major Land Resource Areas
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Every rancher needs to ask three questions: “How many acres does one need?” “What is the stocking rate or carrying capacity of those acres?” and “How many grazing months are available?”
4-H’ers learning which cattle stand out in the ring
The Grand Island Independent
The judge talked about her legs, hips, back and overall frame and femininity. Cory Thomsen’s standards were high while judging the breeding and market heifers in the Hall County Fair 4-H Beef Show Saturday morning. Heifers are female cattle that have not yet birthed calves.
Leaders in cattle-feeding community honored at Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame Banquet
Tenacious. Honorable. Driven. Visionary. These are just some of the adjectives used to describe those who have been successful in the cattle-feeding industry. What makes this industry so demanding and distinguishes it from other vocations? Former hall of fame inductee Roy Dinsdale shares one reason, “It’s a challenge every year between Mother Nature and me. Fortunately, we’ve won just a few more than Mother Nature.”
Sustainability is key for herd longevity.
Sustainability is a key buzzword in the agriculture industry today. However, its necessity is ever-present in proper herd management, especially when future generations are considered. “Sustainability is being able to maintain your cattle operation with a steady food supply so it is vital that we have sustainable cattle production, not just from the cattle industry but from a food source industry as well,” says Jaymelynn Farney, extension specialist at Kansas State University.
How did your nutrition program perform?
Feed costs account for 60%-70% or more of annual cow costs. Any time feed inputs can be reduced without having a negative impact on cow and calf performance should result in a positive impact on the profit potential of the cow-calf enterprise. Body condition of the cows is linked to the nutrition program.
What producers need to know about BRD
Beef and dairy producers know that healthier cattle mean better returns for their bottom line. Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is the most common disease among feedlot cattle in the United States, accounting for approximately 75 percent of feedlot morbidity and 50 to 70 percent of all feedlot deaths. It’s estimated that BRD costs producers up to $900 million annually.
Coleman Farms breaks down the benefits of grass-fed cattle
Coleman Farms in Callao focuses on high density stock grazing. This method of farming introduces cattle to a small area in a short amount of time, allowing them access to more grass throughout the day.