High Quality Forage May Look Like Weeds
No matter how good the forage program, every operation has, at times, had to think outside of the box to feed the herd. Maybe it was drought or a poor production season that caused it, but there are times the traditional grasses like bermuda, fescue or alfalfa don’t stand up to the test.
Knowing What you Have to Decide What Do You Need
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
Of all the nutrients, water is the most important and often the most taken for granted. It is the most abundant component in all living organisms with the body of the typical adult mammal composed of about 60 percent water. Its importance is emphasized in that of all the nutrients, water is needed on the most regular basis and in the highest volume.
Are You Smarter Than a Cow?
Test yourself with this Free-Range IQ Test. My cows know the answers to the following questions. Do you?
#1) When grazing a field, should it be left ragged, messy and trampled, or grazed evenly, like a freshly mowed lawn?
Trace minerals and reproduction
Mineral status plays an important role in cattle fertility, and using an injectable mineral product could provide more consistency than dietary supplements alone. During the recent Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) conference in Dallas, Kanas State University veterinarian K.C. Olson, DVM, PhD, outlined research showing effects of injectable minerals on fertility of cows and developing bulls.
NCBA’s Craig Uden Says Trans Pacific Partnership is Crucial to U.S. Beef Industry
Oklahoma Farm Report
While it is unlikely Congress will ratify the Trans Pacific Partnership this calendar year, Craig Uden, president elect of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says the trade agreement remains at the forefront of his mind.
7 things to put on your breeding season prep checklist
As many producers wrap up calving season, it’s time to switch gears and start thinking about next year’s calf crop. As breeding season draws near, make sure to check these seven things off your to-do list.
Group drops checkoff-related suit against MDA
The Missouri Rural Crisis Center has dismissed its lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Agriculture about the referendum on whether a new state beef checkoff should be put in place. A news release from that organization says the suit is dismissed without prejudice with plans to refile after the referendum takes place.
Clemson Extension Cattlemen’s Boot Camp teaches systems approach to raising cattle
Gaven and April Hammett want to expand their cattle operation and are looking to Clemson University for the information they need. The Hammetts, who own Hi-Son’s Farm in Salem, attended the 2016 Cattlemen’s Boot Camp, held at the T. Ed. Garrison Arena Cattle Complex on March 24. They raise cattle and chickens and wanted to learn how to market their beef.
Vet Med researchers find new discoveries in cattle foot disease
Iowa State Daily
An article recently published by Iowa State’s College of Veterinary Medicine discussed a disease that is the leading cause of lameness in cattle. Lameness is a clinical sign of a more severe disorder that results in a disturbance in the ability to move the body about, typically in response to pain, injury or abnormal anatomy.
Cattle producers should protect animals during fly season
Horn flies, stable flies and house flies are the most common fly pests in Texas. Flies may be viewed by some as a nuisance to their animals but they also cost cattle producers statewide hundreds of millions of dollars each year.