Fetal Programming Enhances Development of Calves
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
Common sense tells us that when the cow becomes pregnant, some of the nutrients she consumes at that time will be used by the developing calf from the very beginning. If you have never considered this concept n your cattle, consider this; when a woman becomes pregnant one of the first thing her doctor will do is prescribe a prenatal vitamin and mineral supplement, tells her to cease intake of nicotine or alcohol and to begin watching her diet closely to be sure she is eating correctly.
Utilizing grazing techniques to control parasites
Parasite control should be important to all livestock producers. Controlling parasites can aid in production of a superior product, increase herd longevity and improve animal performance, all of which will provide economic benefit to your operation.
Meat of the Matter: Worst idea so far this year
Earlier this week Sen. Patty Ritchie introduced a bill in the New York state Senate that would place additional restrictions on purchases made through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) program, more commonly known as food stamps. Even though they don’t hand out “stamps” anymore.
Producers, veterinarians prepare for changes
The new Veterinarian Feed Directive is slated to take effect by Jan. 1, 2017. Zoetis Veterinarian Dick Wallace said, as a veterinarian, he will take authorization for a feed directive seriously because it puts his job on the line if not followed correctly.
Beta-agonists in the spotlight
The use of beta-agonists in beef cattle production has been highly scrutinized following concerns of animal welfare, which has led to the removal of Zilmax® (zilpaterol hydrochloride) from the market by the manufacturer. Improving animal well-being through careful use of these feed additives and managing the animal’s environment to minimize stress has remained a focus of much research.
Genomic ROI: Early Returns Suggest Premium for Show-Me-Plus Heifers
A Steak in Genomics
A Show-Me-Plus heifer simply has a genomic prediction, either reported as genomic-enhanced EPDs for registered heifers or genomic tests for commercial heifers. At the most recent board meeting, the board approved 5 additional products; now heifers qualify for Show-Me-Plus with breed association GE-EPDs, GeneMax Focus, GeneMax Advantage, Gelbvieh Maternal Edge, Red Angus Herd Navigator, Igenity Gold, Igenity Silver, Igenity Gold Angus, Igenity Silver Angus, Method Choice, and Method Commercial tests.
Simbrahs working in Kansas
Martha Hollida Garrett
Cattle have been a part of the Stenstrom family history for several generations. This central Kansas family operation has seen their cattle herd follow along the lines of the industry over the decades from an Angus based herd, to incorporation of Hereford genetics to Black Baldys and then when the continental breeds arrived, they added Simmental genetics.
AFBF releases economic analysis of TPP
Janet Kubat Willette
Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack and American Farm Bureau Federation president Zippy Duvall held a joint conference call Feb. 23 to discuss the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
The market peak is over, but cow/calf producers can still make money
The Cattle Business Weekly
Despite rising production costs and a falling cattle market, there is still money to be made for cow/calf operators. “It takes more capital than ever to be in the cattle business, but the returns have never been better,” according to Jim Robb, senior agricultural economist with the Livestock Marketing Information Center.
Steer Clear Of Foot Rot
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
The bacteria (Fusobacterium necrophorum and Bacteroides melaninogenicus) that cause foot rot are always present in the soil. They take advantage of the weakened feet and set up infection. Fortunately, the bacteria are sensitive to many antibiotics, and early treatment with long-acting antibiotics will cure most cases.