BeefTalk: The World Gives a Little, Takes a Little
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The Dickinson Research Extension Center hosts many young people throughout the year. Coincidentally, I could not help but be drawn to a United Nations report regarding animal-to-human disease transmission. A couple of weeks ago, students were walking through our pastures, fields and farm shelter belts. The day included hands-on activities.
USDA’s Integral Role in the National Beef Quality Audit
Craig A. Morris
About once every five years since 1991, the National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) brings together producers, consumers, academia, and government in a collaborative research and data collection exercise that spans the entire U.S. beef industry. Funded by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (the beef checkoff program), the NBQA assesses the current status of the industry regarding production processes and practices that ultimately affect consumer demand for beef.
Should I Plant Summer Annual Forage Grasses?
Dr. Jennifer Tucker
Southeast Cattle Advisor
It’s never too early to be focused on the next potential forage stressor – Summer. In the Southeast we are no stranger to the long, hot, dog-days of summer and the impacts we see on forage availability throughout the grazing season. We are fortunate that much of our area has some very hardy, prolific, perennial forage options, but in the most extreme drought even bermudagrass and bahiagrass have difficulty surviving for the long haul.
Using Growth Implants in Yearling Stockers
Implants have been an effective tool to economically improve rate of gain and feed conversion in growing cattle for decades. Generally, implants are expected to increase rate of gain by 10 to 20% for yearling cattle on grass. Because implants are inexpensive, this can create a return on investment exceeding 20 to 1, depending of course on cattle prices relative to implant cost.
Extension Offers Tips on Handling Cattle in Hot Weather
Nebraska Ag Connection
As summer approaches, it’s important for cattle producers to make plans to help reduce stress on cattle during hot weather, according to Nebraska Extension educator Rob Eirich, who directs the Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance program.
Heifer reproduction can be hurt by washy spring forage
Early spring forage, if not growing amongst old forage so it must be grazed together, is high in protein and water content and fairly low in energy. Runny manure in many herds every spring testifies to this.
Effects of Shade and Feeding Zilpaterol Hydrochloride to Finishing Steers
Bradley M. Boyd, Steven D. Shackelford, Kristin E. Hales, Tami M. Brown-Brandl, Meredith L. Bremer, Matthew L. Spangler, Tommy L. Wheeler, David A. King, and Galen E. Erickson
University of Nebraska
Zilpaterol hydrochloride, or Zilmax, is a beta-agonist approved to be fed to finishing cattle the last 21 days of the feeding period. There is a 3 day withdrawal for this feed additive, so careful management is necessary for responsible use of this technology. Recently, some animal welfare concerns were associated with the feeding of Zilmax, so researchers wanted to determine if feeding Zilmax to finishing cattle impacted response to heat stress, mobility, and body temperature, performance, or carcass characteristics when fed in the open or in shaded pens.