BeefTalk: I Don’t Feel Well Today
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The other day, I was enjoying a nice fall afternoon and viewing this year’s calves on ample pastures. Their mothers were keeping a trusting eye on their calves, with no indication the calves’ world soon would change because weaning time is fast approaching.
Feed in the belly means weight on the cattle
If they don’t eat, they won’t gain. If they don’t eat, their health status can be compromised. In short, if they don’t eat, nothing good happens. “When it comes to increasing cattle productivity, half the battle is getting cattle to belly up to the feed bunk and eat,” says Angel Aguilar, PhD, Dipl. ACAN, technical services manager, Lallemand Animal Nutrition.
Feeding guidelines for high-inclusion corn silage
Success in feeding corn silage involves following a hierarchy of observations and measurements in the nutritional program. The corn silage evaluation plan becomes essential when evaluating beef rations containing higher-corn-silage inclusions.
USDA says sustainability won’t be in dietary guidelines
The Human and Health Services (HHS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) currently are working together to develop the eighth edition of the Dietary Guidelines, which is scheduled to be released by the end of this calendar year. The agencies provided an update on what will and would not be included in the latest round of recommendations
So Ya Got a Blank Grazing Chart. Now What?
This question is certainly a good one because it’s the same one I pondered after receiving a free 12”x24” Holistic Management International ™ grazing plan & control chart back in 2010 at an Ian-Mitchell Innes workshop. Being a simple kind of man, I approached all the columns, grazing management and animal performance targets with plenty of trepidation.
Factors affect sustainable forage production systems
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
The Southern Great Plains has a comparative economic advantage in growing and managing forages for beef cattle production. Three categories of forage-based beef production systems that are common in this region include: 1) a cow-calf system that utilizes perennial native grass pastures, 2) a cow-calf system that utilizes introduced perennial pastures and 3) a stocker cattle system that utilizes annually established winter cereal forages. In the first two systems, weaned calves are supplied to the marketplace; in the third system, pounds of beef are supplied.
Tips for answering difficult questions about your farm
The average American is several generations removed from the farm. Therefore, most people who purchase and enjoy the food we produce have no idea what it takes to be a farmer. It’s human nature to distrust what you don’t understand, and farming practices are no exception.