BeefTalk: Think Smart, Not More Work
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Several years ago, “contentious readability,” or put another way, “drowning in paperwork,” was a new problem for beef producers. Today, the ultimate long-term solution still evades us, but a “kind of” answer was found.
Wintering calves with their mothers cuts back on feed costs and diseases.
Heather Smith Thomas
Calving later in the year, April through June, has its benefits with ample green grass and less need for harvested forage when a cow’s nutritional requirements peak during lactation.
A Rancher’s Creed Pays It Forward
Carroll Collier has learned a few things in the 70 years he has lived on and worked a patch of land in Wise County, Texas. That land, known as Collier Farms for nearly a century, has taught him what works and what doesn’t, what pays a profit and what loses money, and why he does what he does the way he does it.
Stocker cattle management should concentrate on cattle health
Stocker cattle health has always been a challenge, but the challenge has increased over the years and producers may need to beef up their management plans, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “We have some of the best vaccines and technology available to us, but the mortality number has continued to rise” said Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in Amarillo. “Health is the first management challenge faced by stocker cattle producers.”
Cover Crop or Forage Crop…You Decide.
University of Nebraska
With the explosion of interest in cover crops for soil health benefits, many questions are being asked where no real information exists to substantiate the possible answers. The anticipated changes in soil health resulting from cover crop management can take several years or decades to happen. There are many questions about using cover crops as a grazed or mechanically harvested forage since this is the quickest way to recover some production costs associated with establishment.
Angus Elects New Board Officers, Members
The American Angus Association® announced new members and officers elected to its Board of Directors during the 132nd Annual Convention of Delegates in Overland Park, Kan. Those serving the Association for three-year terms are: James Coffey of Hustonville, Ky.; Chuck Grove of Forest, Va.; Mike McCravy of Bowdon, Ga.; Don Schiefelbein of Kimball, Minn.; and Mick Varilek of Geddes, S.D.
How Will VFD Affect You?
A good many cattle producers may yet be unfamiliar with the term. Even if they have heard of a “Veterinary Feed Directive” (VFD), some may not know how or if the federal government’s new VFD-related regulations will affect their operations.
Prepare to Deal with Health Challenges of Weaning
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
Every cattle operation is affected by sickness and or even death loss in some manner. A vet put it to me very simply one time: “if you don’t have ‘em, you can’t lose ‘em!”
Want a more efficient cowherd? Start with early-born heifers
Momentum, says Brad White, is a wonderful thing. It will carry a team to win in the fourth quarter and it will carry your cowherd to levels of reproductive efficiency that will benefit your operation for years to come.
Ohio State webinar series offers insights into cost savings when feeding livestock
A four-part webinar series on minimizing costs when feeding livestock is now available to view online, presented by beef experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.