OSU’s Beef 509 workshop focuses on creating greater value for consumers
“The average livestock producer rarely follows the animals through harvest to the finished product,” said John Grimes, beef coordinator for Ohio State University Extension and a member of the OSU Extension Beef Team.
Cattle Q&A with Allen Moczygemba
The American Angus Association announced on Oct. 30 that Allen Moczygemba will be its new president and CEO, effective Dec. 1, 2015. He will be the CEO for AAA and its subsidiaries: Angus Productions Inc., Certified Angus Beef LLC, Angus Genetics Inc. and the Angus Foundation.
Producer Perspective on Reproductive Technologies
Range Beef Cow Symposium
The Blairs first started using timed artificial insemination (TAI) in the early 2000s. After trial and error, they settled into using the 14-day CIDR® protocol for heifers because it tightens up the second cycle and results in a 70%-75% conception rate in 28 days. For heifers, he said, they use Kamar heat detection patches.
Is she good for another year?
At cow culling time, producers often face some tough decisions. Optimum culling of the herd seems to require a sharp crystal ball that could see into the future. Will she keep enough body condition through the winter to rebreed next year? How old is the cow? Is her mouth sound so that she can harvest forage and be nutritionally strong enough to reproduce and raise a big calf?
Growing More Grass with Intensive Grazing
Heather Smith Thomas
Through rest and rotation, Kansas cattleman increases ranch carrying capacity fourfold. Kent Powell and wife Linda raise registered-Angus cattle on their ranch near Kalvesta, Kan. — a ranch that has been in Kent’s family since his great-grandfather started farming there in 1887.
Mark Parker: The Top 10 signs it’s deer season in these parts:
10. Give him another couple days and your dog will have dragged enough body parts into the yard to assemble a complete skeleton.
Mob Grazing on 2700 Acres in North Dakota
Like many of you, Jay and Krista Reiser asked that question as they consider the North Dakota ranch they hoped to take over. They thought that mob grazing had the potential to help them solve two problems. First, their financial adviser had shown them that if they continued managing the ranch as it had been, they’d see a negative cash flow of $38,000 a year.
Take precautions when feeding salvage crops to cattle
Heather Smith Thomas
In drought years it’s often hard to locate adequate forage for cattle so producers sometimes turn to alternatives like drought-stressed pulse, oilseed or cereal crops that normally wouldn’t go for feed.
Antibiotic-resistance plan launches
A strategy for addressing the use of antibiotics in food animal production has been recently launched by the Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture. The strategy includes preparing producers for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Guidance #213, which will require producers to obtain authorization from a licensed veterinarian to use antibiotics for food animals.
Merck Animal Health Launches "Creating Connections" to Help Cattlemen With Stockmanship
Oklahoma Farm Report
A new program, Creating Connections, is helping cattle-handlers around the world learn how to use the right body language to communicate more effectively with their herds. Merck Animal Health Spokesperson Dr. Justin Welsh said the program specializes in “low-stress animal handling” and stockmanship.
Copper is key to cattle immunity
Economic losses due to disease cost cattle producers hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. Aside from the obvious losses resulting from dead animals and medical costs, there are added losses from a lack of efficiency and productivity. These may manifest in poor feed conversion, sub-optimal weight gains and/or milk production and increased days open.