Is “Fat” a Four-letter Word?
Dr. Roy Burris
Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter
Is fat a bad word? Not necessarily. Simply put, fat is just the body’s storage form of energy. If an animal consumes more energy than it uses, the excess calories will be stored as fat – money in the bank to be used in an energy shortage (think cows calving in late winter). Fat also imparts flavor to food (like a T-bone steak) but it also adds calories. So managing fat can be a delicate issue in the cattle business.
Genomics: A Gateway Technology to Cattle Herd Management in the Future
Oklahoma Farm Report
DNA technology is really helping advance the cattle industry rapidly and it’s really a new phenomenon. Dr. Michael Bishop of Illumina said the establishment of genomics started just a few years ago.
Biggest mistake among ag women
Women have an important role in agriculture. Yes, many of us are farm wives. But we are also farmers, landowners, teachers and advocates. The biggest mistake among many women is surrendering to the fear of getting involved in a male-dominated world.
The Top 10 signs spring planting can’t be too far off:
Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 9:54 am
10. The over-achiever down the road has his planter power-washed, calibrated, hooked-up and pointed toward the first field.
Deterring ticks with citrus and millipedes
Farm and Ranch Guide
Despite a successful program to eliminate cattle fever ticks during the first half of the 20th century, these ticks still manage to cross the Mexican border into Texas.
Monitoring Nutrient Status of Cows
Managing cows through the winter provides different challenges compared to managing those same cows during the growing season. With snow cover across most of South Dakota, cows should oftentimes receive supplemental feed to meet their nutrient requirements during late gestation and into calving season because forage available for grazing is limited.
The Feedlot Death Loss Conundrum
Veterinarians today have access to better vaccines, better treatments and generally better overall cattle management than in the past, and yet the prevalence of feedyard death loss continues to run higher than just a few years ago.
Time of feeding influences time of calving
High Plains Journal
A majority of beef calf mortality occurs within the first two months of life. Supervision of first calf heifers and cows that need assistance is a proven method to increase calf survival. In most operations observing birth is more easily done during daylight hours.
Bull Buyers Guide
University of Illinois
Are you sifting through stacks of bull sale catalogs looking for your next bull? While bull selection can be a daunting task, your choice will impact your herd for years to come. Thus, taking some time to think about what you need from your next herd sire is important.
Red Angus Association of America releases new EPDs; Bull Buyers can rely on information to assist with genetic selection
Red Angus Association of America
The season for bull sales is here and busy cattlemen will now have the most up-to-date information available as they make genetic selections to be used in their herds. The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) has released the 2016 Spring EPDs that evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit.