Daily Archives: April 28, 2016

Once in a while, a first-calf heifer may need assistance in jump-starting her mothering instincts.

Once in a while, a first-calf heifer may need assistance in jump-starting her mothering instincts.

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

A first-calf heifer may act confused or indifferent toward her newborn calf. She may continue to lie there and not get up to lick the calf. When she finally does, she may seem surprised to see this strange new wiggling creature. The heifer may walk away, ignoring it, or she may kick the calf when it gets up and staggers toward her. Some heifers attack the calf if it tries to get up.

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Heifer Selection By The Numbers

Heifer Selection By The Numbers

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

I like to wait until at least a month after weaning to see how the calf does off the cow. But I also note heifers that are too fat or too thin at weaning. Those that are too fat will often not be good milkers as cows. Thin heifers may not cycle and breed well, and may have dams that are poor milkers.

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Branding Methods: Understanding which are preferred and why

Branding Methods: Understanding which are preferred and why

Heidi Carroll

iGrow

Branding time elicits different feelings depending on who you talk to. Ask a rancher about branding and you may hear phrases about tradition, family, friends and neighbors, or “It’s a happy time of the year!” However, if you ask someone from the city that did not grow up around cattle, you may hear comments about pain, cruelty, gross, or “That’s awful abuse!” So why the drastic difference in perception of this husbandry practice? How do these different perceptions impact the recommendations that ranchers are suggested to use on their cattle

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Make the right choices for pasture weed control

Make the right choices for pasture weed control

Keith Martin

FarmTalk

Now is an excellent time to make choices about managing weeds in pastures. Before applying herbicides for chemical control you first need to answer the question: “Why do I have weeds in my pasture?” If a management issue, such as overstocking, spot grazing, low grass vigor or something else, is causing the increase in weed numbers, then weeds are symptoms, not the real root of the problem.

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Registration now open for the BIF Annual Meeting and Research Symposium

Registration now open for the BIF Annual Meeting and Research Symposium

Progressive Cattleman

Registration is now open for the 2016 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium. Themed “Progress on the Prairie,” this year’s event will be June 14-17 in Manhattan, Kansas, and headquartered at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center.

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Weaning Calves on Pasture

Weaning Calves on Pasture

Steve Freeman

On Pasture

Fence-line weaning calves has become much more common in the last few years. We’ve been weaning calves this way since 1987. We didn’t discover this method by study and research, but by cows and calves busting loose the first night of weaning and ending up next to each other on the opposite side of a woven wire fence.

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Feed conversions of creep feeds for nursing calves

Feed conversions of creep feeds for nursing calves

Glenn Selk

Drovers

Feed conversions of calves fed creep feeds have been quite variable to say the least. Conversions of 5:1 or 5 pounds of grain consumed to 1 extra pound of calf weight are very rare and the optimum that can be expected when producers are using a "typical" high energy creep feed. Conversions may get as poor as 15:1 (or worse) in some situations.

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The beef community is producing an extremely high-quality product, thanks in part to improved genetics.

The beef community is producing an extremely high-quality product, thanks in part to improved genetics.

Larry Corah

AgriView

Few topics have garnered more attention than how big these cattle have become. Whether we’re talking about cow size or steer carcasses, cattle have progressively grown bigger for decades — and few see that changing quickly.

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Corn silage conference is June 17

Corn silage conference is June 17

Beef Producer

Iowa State University, University of Nebraska and Lallemand Animal Nutrition are cooperating to offer the 2016 Silage Conference, which can be viewed online.

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Barry Dunn appointed next SDSU President

Barry Dunn appointed next SDSU President

The Cattle Business Weekly

The Dean of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University has been appointed by the state Board of Regents as the school’s next president.

Barry Dunn received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from SDSU in May 1975.  He got his Masters in July 1977 and Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Science in December 2000.

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