Flood waters create special management issues for livestock producers
Recent heavy rains have prompted state and local officials to declare states of disaster across a large number of Texas counties. “Local producers and animal owners recognize that whether they are in a disaster area or not, they have added management issues to deal with because of the saturated conditions,” says Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Fred M. Hall in Tarrant County.
Timing and type are everything when it comes to producing quality hay
Heather Smith Thomas
Each year cattlemen rely on hay to get them through the winter months or dry seasons. Harvesting a successful crop in the summertime ensures supply when needed. Timing of harvest makes all the difference in hay quality. Poor harvesting conditions and methods can reduce a good hay crop to a poor one — with less nutrient quality and more dust or mold.
Summetime Weed Control
Dr. Gary Bates
University of Tennessee
It’s June and the weather is warm. The first cutting of hay is done and in the barn. Calves are on the ground and breeding season is almost over. It’s time to sit back, watch a ballgame or two and relax. But wait. All of a sudden you look up and wonder “where did all these weeds come from?’’ You may have done a good job controlling buttercup in the spring, but I’ve got some bad news. There is another set of weeds waiting in the wings to take over your pasture. Here are a few, with the control options for each.
Build a Successful Preconditioning Program
We’ve gone through the numbers, and the proof is there—add value to your calves and the investment will pay off. But what exactly does preconditioning entail and how do you make it worth your time?
Beef Quality is Everyone’s Responsibility
Tracey Walsh and Amanda Bacon
Summer is nearly here and as cattle move to grass, we have a few considerations for you to keep in mind. From the pasture to the plate, we are all responsible for assuring consumers can take pride in the beef they purchase, and have trust and confidence in South Dakota’s beef industry.
Here’s why traceable beef matters
“We can’t tolerate to be out of the fastest-growing market in the world.” That’s how Joel Haggard, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president, Asia Pacific, sees things. “We continue to sit on the sidelines of that market, but they’re going to have record beef imports again this year,” he says. In fact, China’s first quarter beef imports were up 85% over last year.
July 15 Deadlines Approaching for Annual Forage Insurance
University of Nebraska
Annual Forage Insurance coverage is available in Nebraska for annual forage plants seeded for use as livestock feed or fodder. This includes but is not limited to plants seeded for grazing, haying, grazing/haying, grain/grazing, green chop, grazing/green chop, or silage.