Application of Selection Indexes
Range Beef Cow Symposium XXIV
Sire selection “would be simpler if only one trait affected a cow herd’s profitability,” Spangler acknowledged. “In truth, there’s a multitude of traits.” So how should a producer approach the sire-selection process?
Look at brood cow nutrition
Dr. Ron Clarke
Most producers start unpredictable western Canadian winters by reckoning feed supplies against cow numbers, judging whether the hay pile will get the herd through until pastures are ready next spring. In the high-tech environment of today, it’s easy to overlook the simple things like the long-term implication of monitoring body condition of brood cows through winter.
Proposed change in beef checkoff causing controversy
The public is being asked to weigh in on a proposal by the Missouri Beef Industry Council to establish a state beef checkoff fee. The beef council is seeking a vote from Missouri cattle producers to establish a $1 per head state beef checkoff fee. Cattle producers already pay $1 per head for a federal checkoff program.
BeefTalk: With Nice Weather, Cows Still Need a Balanced Supplement
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Nice weather always is appreciated, but it can create illusions that things are fine. Lately, having traveled from eastern North Dakota to western Washington, I saw a lot of cows, normally obscured in the summertime, out grazing on crop aftermath or other paddocks that, in many winter seasons, are covered with snow.
Silage storage bunker of opportunity
Feed shrink has become a hot topic as dairy and beef margins erode in the current agriculture-industry setting. Using research estimates, forage shrink loss per year in harvested U.S. forages is 14 percent, which corresponds to about $3 billion of feed.
Webinar now available on Fatigued Cattle Syndrome
For the next year, Merck Animal Health is sponsoring a free webinar, “Fatigued Cattle Syndrome: What You Need to Know.” It can be viewed at any time. The material is presented by Kansas State University Veterinarian Dan Thomson, the Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology at K-State. Thompson and colleagues recently published “Description of a Novel Fatigue Syndrome of Finished Feedlot Cattle Following Transportation,” in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
North American Limousin Foundation Releases Recalibrated GE-EPDs
A Steak in Genomics
Limousin breeders and their commercial customers benefit greatly from new breeding and selection tools. The North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) has launched genomic-enhanced EPDs (GE-EPDs) with the fall 2015 international cattle evaluation. This provides GE-EPDs for all Limousin and Lim-Flex® animals that have completed DNA testing for genomic profiles.
Make Winter Days Productive
Winter is a good opportunity to catch up on equipment maintenance including lubrication and fluid change of tractors, packing wheel bearings on trailering equipment and checking tires on trailers, field equipment, etc., and replacing floors in stock trailers.
Cow-calf producers should be prepared for the future
Cow-calf producers have made some money and now need to be "steeling" for what is to come, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist Dr. Ted McCollum said . McCollum explained the definition of steeling as a verb is "to prepare oneself for something difficult or unpleasant."
A look at the Canadian beef herd
The Cattle Business Weekly
As of January 1, 2015 the Canadian beef cow herd totaled 4.4 million head (beef cows plus replacement heifers), down 2% from 2014, and dairy cows and replacement heifers totaled 1.4 million. July inventory numbers con rmed the trend in another year-over-year beef cattle inventory decline. The beef cow and replacement heifer total was down another 1% in July compared to 2014 to 4.5 million head. The Canadian beef cattle herd has faced inventory declines between 1% and 8%, consecutively, since 2006. Canadian cattle inventory numbers are reported by both CanFax and USDA-NASS.