Can genomics data be your ticket to better returns on value-added feeder cattle?
All it takes is a glance at the feeder cattle market report to see the advantage of producing and marketing value-added calves. While making the jump into the value-added world may mean a change in your approach to management and marketing, the rewards can make it well worthwhile.
Using Artificial Insemination In Very Warm Weather
The Stock Exchange
As the breeding season for spring calving herds is getting closer, understanding heat stress in cattle takes on increased importance. Producers that choose to synchronize and then artificially inseminate replacement heifers or adult cows will begin the process in the next few weeks. If the hot weather arrives during the AI breeding season, some management and breeding alterations may be helpful.
Stubble Grazing Your Cattle
When you think of turning your cattle onto pasture, do you picture lush green fields that your animals can feast upon joyfully? This may be the case during periods of seasonal abundance, but your pastures don’t need to be picture-perfect for your cattle to gain nutritional value from them. In fact, having your cattle graze on harvested fields—called “stubble grazing”—offers many positive results.
Fescue management shouldn’t be overwhelming
Samantha Stanbery Athey
When it comes to tall fescue, management is an important — and often complicated — issue for Four State producers. At a recent Alliance for Grassland Renewal tall fescue renovation workshop, extension specialists Craig Roberts and Gene Schmitz shared principles for managing the forage to make it easier and production more efficient.
Planning forage needs for the beef cow herd
Many regions of the United States received moisture this winter. Even though some areas have received much-needed moisture this spring, there is still a need to begin planning for forage needs. Although many producers manage forage resources and production systems to meet the beef cow nutrient needs with grazing, there is still a need to plan for some harvested forages as part of the back-up plan.
Shorten the breeding season
“Pregnancy has four times greater economic impact than any other production trait,” says Cliff Lamb, beef cattle specialist, University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center (UF-NFREC). If producers want to maximize their herd’s potential, selection criteria must first be focused around fertility, followed by traits that suit the operations program, he adds.
Things Ag Majors Hate Hearing
Don’t get me wrong, I love having the opportunity to educate, but there are just some things, wether it be those pesky stereotypes or myths that I know are false, that will truly get on an ag major’s nerves after hearing them day in and day out.