Daily Archives: February 29, 2016

Do we HAVE to cull genetic defect cattle? Science says no

Do we HAVE to cull genetic defect cattle? Science says no

Jared E. Decker


Several years ago, I authored an article for BEEF Cow-Calf Weekly that spelled out my perspective on how the beef industry should manage genetic defects rather than immediately eliminate all carriers. One could assume that is simply the opinion of an academic. However, there are data to back up the view that harsh approaches to eliminate genetic defects have a negative impact on the beef industry.

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Is It Residual or Is It Residue?

Is It Residual or Is It Residue?

Jim Gerrish

On Pasture

A lot of people in grazing circles seem to use these terms interchangeably, but in grazing science they mean two very different things. Residual is the living plant material left behind after a grazing event. For clarity we often say ‘post-grazing residual’. Residue is dead plant material left on the soil surface. It is synonymous with litter or duff.

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Producers monitor lameness, costs

Producers monitor lameness, costs

Caitlin Ellingson

Iowa Farmer Today

To address lameness in cow herds, prevention is better than treatment. J.K. Shearer, a professor of veterinary medicine at Iowa State University, spoke at the Driftless Region Beef Conference here Feb. 4-5, about the common causes of lameness cattle. He said producers should know the signs in order to run a more efficient operation.

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Two Beef Production Management Workshops Scheduled for early March

Two Beef Production Management Workshops Scheduled for early March

Iowa Beef Center

Beef producers who want to hone their management practices are invited to attend one of two workshops set for early March in north central Iowa. Iowa State University Extension program specialist Russ Euken said these “Sharpening Your Beef Cattle Management Skills” events will focus on cow-calf and feedlot management topics.

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Converting Crops to Grass

Converting Crops to Grass

Kay Ledbetter 

Angus Beef Bulletin

A growing interest in shifting out of crop production and into a forage-based system in the Rolling Plains has Stan Bevers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist in Vernon, consulting his crystal ball. He has some advice for those who are contemplating the move: “Have a multi-year plan and have a chunk of equity, because you can’t borrow your way through this.”

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Heifer development: Rebreeding 1st calf heifers

Heifer development: Rebreeding 1st calf heifers

George Perry, Taylor Grussing


According to the USDA-NASS Cattle Inventory Report that was recently released, beef producers across the country are expected to calve 106% more beef heifers than last year. With this in mind, producers will also be breeding more 2-year old females this year.

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Canada invests in genomic technologies for cattle sector

Canada invests in genomic technologies for cattle sector

Food In Canada

Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay has announced a $1-million government investment to increase adoption of genomic technologies in Canada’s cattle sector.

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Missouri continues rebuilding beef cattle herd

Missouri continues rebuilding beef cattle herd

High Plains Journal

Missouri’s cattle farmers and ranchers added 400,000 head to its overall inventory over the last three years, as shown by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service release of the 2016 Missouri Cattle Inventory Report recently. Since 2013, total cattle numbers increased from 3.7 million head to 4.1 million head.

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The Energy Value of Distillers is Greater Than Corn in Forage Based Diets

The Energy Value of Distillers is Greater Than Corn in Forage Based Diets

Mary Drewnoski

University of Nebraska

Distillers grains is greater in protein than corn but it is also greater in energy. When evaluating the cost of supplements for beef cows or calves, producers should be comparing the cost on a per lb of nutrient needed. If one is looking for sources of supplemental energy then the cost per lb of TDN is the way to compare various supplements. Unfortunately, with byproducts it is sometime difficult to know what TDN value to use.

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What is the ideal target weight for heifers? It depends

What is the ideal target weight for heifers? It depends

Wes Ishmael


Heifers can be developed to lighter target weights than the traditional 65% of mature weight by the first day of breeding season without sacrificing reproductive efficiency or longevity. But, it depends on the heifers, the environment and nutritional management during and after breeding season.

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