Energy-Dense Forages Beneficial for Winter Grazing
Heather Smith Thomas
Some forage species are more energy-dense than others, containing higher levels of sugars. Beef producers around the world have been utilizing some of these species in grass-fed beef production, using forages instead of grain for finishing beef animals. Some of these forages can also be beneficial in a fall/winter grazing program.
Branded beef said to be replacing commodity product
An increase in commodity prices typically discourages consumers from buying that product. American data indicates beef demand has increased despite higher prices over the last year, which suggests the market for beef has changed. Perhaps it’s no longer a commodity.
How to Write a Business Plan for Farming and Raising Livestock
A business plan is essential to have in place before you seek to start up a farm business, no matter what else you’ve done by way of preparation. In today’s world, animal agriculture is more complex and more variable than it was 100 years ago. There are changing markets, high costs, low profit margins, different ways to raise cattle, and niche markets.
Cattle Feeders Share Their Top 10 Lessons
Four men with different roles in cattle feeding joined panel moderator Justin Sexten at the Angus Means Business National Convention and Trade Show November 2-4 in Overland Park, Kan. They explored "Top 10 Things I Learned from Feeding My Cattle," as part of Angus University at the convention. Sexten and panelist Paul Dykstra represent the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand, and took the stage with Arkansas cattleman Jim Moore, Kansas feeder Shane Tiffany and Iowa Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity (TCSCF) manager Darrell Busby.
Beef Up Stocker Management
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.
I Know You Paid A Lot of Money, But It Just Doesn’t Work
The lesson for me was that sometimes it’s hard to trust the science and try something different, but the benefits of taking the risk can be great. My feet are one example, and herbicides are another.
Mining the bacterial genome
Progressive Forage Grower
Livestock producers fully understand the benefits derived from applying genetic selection decisions in both cattle and corn. The tremendous improvements in milk and meat production and corn yield would not have been possible without a strong focus on selecting superior genetics.
Partial-Confinement Systems for Cows
Range Beef Cow Symposium XXIV
Why would cow folk accustomed to maintaining their breeding herds on range and pasture consider keeping cows in confinement? According to University of Nebraska Cow-Calf and Range Specialist Karla Jenkins, drought may be the reason. It might be because conversion to crop production or other uses has limited the availability of grazing land. It could be because pasture rents have become expensive.
Calm eyes and hands critical for cattle
Curt Pate, a nationally known expert on cattle-handling techniques, recently presented a clinic at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus. He talked about proper stockmanship and stewardship in a workshop that drew in students, staff and many area producers. The first day of the clinic focused on dairy cattle, while the second day was directed toward beef cattle for the Beef Quality Assurance program.
Plans set for Minnesota Cattlemen’s event
Tri State Neighbor
Minnesota beef producers and industry partners will gather to learn, discuss policy and partake in a cattle-focused trade show at the annual Minnesota Cattle Industry convention. The Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association, along with the Minnesota Cattlewomen, will host the event Dec. 3-5 at Grand Casino in Hinckley.