BeefTalk: A Cow is Not a Cow, So Plan Now for Potential Summer Dryness
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
A critical part of cow herd management is knowing the typical cow herd is made up of five subunits: 20 percent replacement heifers, 15 percent first-calf heifers, 5 percent dry cows, 10 percent dysfunctional or older cows and 50 percent mature cows. A cow is not a cow. Each cow belongs to a subunit. Each subunit has a different potential for profit and herd longevity, so get to know these subunits!
Navigating (this) Ag Downturn
Farming is a business and a lifestyle. Unless you run it as a business, there will be no lifestyle. Have you met with your lawyer to update your estate plan? Are your insurances in place, guaranteeing adequate coverage should catastrophe strike? How is your banking relationship? You need a financial partner you can count on when margins are tight. There’s always another bank who’d love your business!
Don’t Let “Spring Fever” Hurt Your Forages
“Spring Fever” is the disease many of us get this time of year. Symptoms include wanting to get your livestock out on green grass as quickly as possible and when the disease isn’t controlled, we might hit our pastures too soon. Here’s some advice that will make sure you keep your forages healthy through Spring.
Grazing Winter Small Grains
University of Nebraska
Small grains planted last fall are greening up and may be ready to graze soon. This spring, let’s make sure these pastures are productive and safe.
Cows and Water Quality: Watering Hole or Lounging Spot?
It’s a long-held belief of pasture management: Give cattle access to streams and they will stir up a nasty brew of fecal matter, biological contamination, sediment and nutrient loadings. The solution to watering cattle has been to pump it upland to troughs located away from the streams and creeks.
What are the implications of the long-term trend in steer carcass weights?
There’s been quite a bit of discussion and focus thus far in 2016 around fed cattle carcass weights. That’s because carcass weights typically peak in October and November (carcass weights peaked in late November 2015 at 925 pounds) and then begin to decline into the summer as more calf-feds enter into the slaughter mix.
Modern Ag in a Facebook Culture
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
In today’s Facebook- and social media-driven culture, Sides shared several examples where consumers have chosen to demonize beef and the beef industry rather than listen to scientific findings. Examples related to fat, growth hormones, food safety, animal welfare and the environment.
Don’t Let Your Dollars Go Down the Wormhole
It’s not rocket science—controlling parasites is critical to herd health. Cattle with a strong immune system have a better shot at reaching their genetic potential. If you play your cards right, more pounds on the ground will equal more money in the bank. But what isn’t so simple is coming up with a parasite control program that is cost effective for an individual herd.
Iowa Farm Bureau president reiterates WOTUS concerns
The EPA’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule came up for discussion at a recent Senate agriculture subcommittee hearing on rural development. In response to a question about “burdensome regulations” from subcommittee chair Joni Ernst of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill said the WOTUS rule has created plenty of uncertainty for farmers.
UT Extension to conduct Southeast Tennessee Beef Summit April 29
The Daily Post Athenian
Beef cattle farming remains Tennessee’s top agricultural commodity, and when you combine beef with dairy, our state has more than two million cattle and 45,000 cattle operations.