BeefTalk: Good Cattle-working Facilities Should be a High Priority
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Much debate surrounds this question: “How many times should a cow be in a chute?” The answer rests with the objectives of each management structure. Yet, setting aside the concept of survival of the fittest, producers do need to gain access to individual cows at some point. Some producers have corrals but no defined working facilities and no chutes; thus, the cows never enter a chute. Other producers gather cows once, when separating the current year’s calf crop, and the cows may not see the chute.
Producers prep for antibiotic change
Iowa Farmer Today
More than a year remains before livestock producers will be dealing with changes in how they use antibiotics. How producers are going to adjust is something that should be on their minds, says Grant Dewell, Extension beef veterinarian with Iowa State University. “Since they have until the end of next year to make those changes, I don’t think many producers are thinking about it,” he says. “But this spring, I would guess many will be looking at their programs and starting to make some changes.”
Importance of Youth Livestock Shows
University of Nebraska
With the summer season wrapping up in the Nebraska Extension offices a person can reflect on the accomplishments our 4-H and FFA youth have made this year. One activity that takes a lot of time is raising and exhibiting livestock for the local county fair, State Fair, and Aksarben in Nebraska. There are many positive outcomes for youth and helping youth with these activities.
2016 SDSU BEEF 20/20
The South Dakota State University Animal Science faculty and staff are gearing up to host the 2016 BEEF 20/20 program January 6-8. BEEF 20/20 is designed to provide an intensive, hands-on, educational opportunity to enhance the understanding of the production and marketing of high quality, high value beef.
Mark Parker: The Top 10 farmer rumor mill topics
10. So-and-so is flat broke and will be selling out soon.
Genomics 101: How to implement genomics in your cowherd
Where veterinarians can really be helpful is educating their clientele about how to use genomics in their selection decisions and in their genetic risk mitigation strategies,” says Matt Spangler, a beef genetics specialist at the University of Nebraska.
Our Responsible Beef
At Cattleman’s Choice Feedyard, low-stress handling and extensive sorting are crucial factors in maximizing every animal’s potential. When Dale Moore first saw the little 1,000-head grow yard in Gage, Okla., even though it was in total disarray, he saw its potential and fell in love. “I went home and got my two little girls and my wife and brought them back,” he says. Over the next 15 years, he and his wife, Mary, built the place into Cattleman’s Choice Feedyard, Inc., a custom feeding facility that’s been CAB’s Feedyard of the Year.