Using young bulls in multi-sire pastures and cow-to-bull ratios
With spring bull sales in full swing, cow calf operators are assessing their bull batteries and making needed purchases. Producers often ask about the use of young bulls in the same breeding pasture with older, larger bulls. In most instances, this is a practice that should be discouraged if at all possible. Young bulls will normally lose the battle of deciding who is the dominant individual in the breeding pasture.
Giving Beginning Cattle Producers a Leg Up
While serving in the Marines straight out of high school, Garrett Dwyer thought often of the ranch back in Bartlett, Nebraska, that had been in his family for 125 years. As the end of his four-year tour of duty neared, Dwyer knew that ranching was his calling. He was uncertain about how to begin, though. His parents’ downsized cowherd and the leasing out of grassland suggested he’d have to start largely from scratch.
Estate gift to help with cattle research at MU
Barry and Marge Slayton’s time at the University of Missouri taught them to be willing to adapt to whatever happens in their careers, and the couple wanted to give back to the institution that helped them succeed. On Friday, the Slaytons and officials said the couple had given $2.65 million from their estate to support beef genomics and nutrition research at MU.
Considerations for the next breeding season
The breeding season for many producers is approaching fast. Many cattle producers have started their calving season or are preparing to start calving soon.
Prepare your operation for the new VFD ruling
Farm and Ranch Guide
While the new veterinary feed directive, or VFD, drug ruling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration went into effect Oct. 1, 2015, livestock producers can expect to see new labels for medically important antibiotics used on the feed of food animals by Jan. 1, 2017.
If the only tool you have is a hoof
Progressive Forage Grower
The problems included overgrazing, bare soil and plants in phase one and three side by side. The land had been hammered, but none of these problems looked like nails to me. Even so, at each site we’d visit, the host of the tour said he wanted to hit the range with more hooves. In my opinion, that’s the last thing his pastures needed.
Longhorns now found in shows, not on range
As Bob Dube dropped off his Texas longhorn at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, he noticed the educational sign near its stall and proclaimed it incorrect. Seven feet? Wrong, he said: That is not the biggest spread a longhorn can have.