The Random Shuffle of Genes: Putting the E in EPD
Even though expected progeny differences (EPDs) have been used by the beef industry for over 40 years, many misconceptions still exist. Occasionally we will hear a producer say something like, “I bred my cows to a low birth weight bull, but I had a couple of large calves.”
Good cowman? Create good facilities
University of Minnesota
Livestock experts can agree on the importance of having a decent working facility to run cattle through to improve performance and safety of both livestock and handlers.
New Extension fact sheets on farm legal issues now online
The Cattle Business Weekly
A new eight-part series of fact sheets on farming and agricultural legal issues is now available online. The new topics cover entity selection and restrictions, trusts, landowner liability, water rights and drainage, mitigating counter-party risk, labor law and the Affordable Care Act.
Cause of Watertown auction barn fire remains unknown
Tri State Livestock News
Eighty years can be a long time. The sale ring at South Dakota Livestock Sales, Watertown, South Dakota, had been in operation for at least that long when an early morning fire on Aug. 31, left the historic structure mostly in ashes.
September herd management tips from cattle experts across the nation.
Angus Beef Bulletin
September signals the official change of season from summer to fall, and as such offers an opportunity to assess management items that will affect herd nutrition and performance later into fall and winter.
US beef to reclaim lost market share in Japan
Australian beef is winning an increasing share of the Japanese market, thanks to a trade agreement implemented this year, but the success will be short lived, as the US begins to reclaim its lost market share next year, the US government says.
Rebuilding the Beef Herd program scheduled Sept. 25 at Camp Cooley Ranch
“We have assembled an elite group of experts to discuss market prediction models, the latest in beef cattle health, as well what we can expect from the industry in the years ahead,” said Edward Schneider, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Robertson County.
Manure, not just a waste product
James DeYoung with CJD Farms Consulting in Michigan helps farmers develop Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans, or CNMPs, to properly utilize and manage nutrients. He tells Brownfield farmers need to see manure not as a waste product, but as a nutrient resource.
Bluetongue Found in Canadian Beef Cattle
The Cattle Site
Bluetongue disease has been confirmed in three beef cattle in Ontario, reports the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reports after serology testing.
Grasses doubt the drought is over—cattle shouldn’t either
High Plains Journal
After four years of exceptional drought across the High Plains, the National Drought Monitor shows only a few counties in northwest Kansas appear to be rated as abnormally dry.