IBBA Coordinates Successful International Field Day
The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) international committee held a very successful International Field Day at the Embassy Suites DFW North at Outdoor World in Grapevine, Texas. IBBA international committee chair, Buck Thomason, kicked off the event by welcoming all of the participants to the United States. Thomason discussed the importance of their visit for the growth of Brangus genetics throughout the world.
Tips for assisting a difficult birth
Dr. Robert Mortimer from Colorado State University has written “Calving and Calving Difficulties,” and Dr. Richard Randle from the University of Nebraska has written “Assisting the Beef Cow at Calving Time.” Both resources provide information for assisting a difficult birth and are the basis for the guidelines given here.
Insights on changes in feed-grade antibiotic use
Russ Daly, DVM
Livestock producers and veterinarians recently gained a bit more insight into the changes they’ll be facing in the way antibiotics are used in food animals. Back in December 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published “guidance for industry” documents that outlined, among other changes, how the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will become a critical component of food animal feed-grade antibiotic use. This June, the FDA came out with their “final rule” regarding how the VFD will be used – providing more detail about this classification of feed-grade antibiotics.
Should you keep or sell your replacement heifer prospects?
The market crash that started in late summer of 2015 and continued through the end of the year caused many cow-calf producers to mash a thumb on the pause button of herd rebuilding. As a result, heifers that may have been a copper-riveted cinch to become replacements looked a little less appealing in light of falling cattle prices.
Prepare Cattle Facilities for Winter and Beyond
In the brief, post-harvest, fall season before daylight grows short and the first frost prevents cattle from grazing in the pasture, farmers and ranchers running cow-calf operations finally have the time and labor available to prepare their facilities for the long winter ahead.
Equipping the forage tool belt
Hay and Forage Grower
Black Friday is but a distant memory, the unwrapping ceremonies are complete, and Santa is back at the North Pole sipping hot chocolate, if not something stronger. The attention this week turns to a new year.
Did you get a drone for Christmas? Don’t Forget to Register!
On the Farm Radio
“Unmanned aerial systems can make farms safer, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly – and that helps everyone,” said Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, president of National Corn Growers Association. “If you’re stuffing a stocking with a hobby drone this holiday, take advantage of the free registration window and get it registered.”