Mark Parker: The Top 10 problems with the 160 acres you just bought
10. Turns out, it was once the site of Barney’s Salvage Yard.
9. In the loan paperwork the lender OK’ed, there was an extra zero in the number of acres and a missing zero in the purchase price.
Fly Control Considerations for Cattle on Pasture
Horn flies, face flies, and stable flies are not just irritants to livestock, but are also economically important to producers due to negative impacts on milk production and calf weaning weights. In addition, they can affect grazing distribution and transmit eye diseases such as pinkeye and infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR). It is difficult to predict what fly levels will be like for any given year, but hot, dry weather usually results in high numbers.
Animal welfare implications of abruptly weaning beef calves
Jason K. Ahola
Animal welfare in beef cattle is becoming increasingly important to consumers. A survey comparing the views of animal welfare between consumers and beef cattle producers led by researchers at Kansas State University reported two-thirds of consumers are “concerned about the welfare of beef cattle in the U.S.”
Does Management-intensive Grazing Grow More, Better Quality Forage?
Do pastures under management-intensive rotational grazing (MIRG) differ from grasslands under other management in terms of forage quality and quantity, carbon sequestration and biological soil activity? Not everyone believes the answers are yes, so researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison decided to run some trials to find out, comparing management-intensive rotational grazing to continuous grazing, hay harvesting, and unmanaged grassland.
Dr. L D Barker Says a Strong Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship is Key to Good Herd Health
Oklahoma Farm Report
The USDA mandated veterinary feed directive (VFD) goes into effect January 1, 2017 and will require cattle producers to work with their veterinarian before administering antibiotics via feed. Newcastle veterinarian Dr. L D Barker says a VFD is just a small part of the veterinary-client-patient relationship, which is essential to the overall health and productivity of a herd.
Follow BQA guidelines when treating and selling cattle
Liability rests on the shoulders of the beef producer for antibiotic residues, and quality problems give the industry a black eye.
Preserving Virginia Angus History & Heritage
Angus breeders in Virginia are taking steps to preserve Angus history in their state. In 1957, the Gall family donated an Angus bull statue to the Virginia Angus Association, and for nearly 60 years, the bull resided at the state organization’s office. The statue was recently sold for $10,000 to a group of Angus enthusiasts, and proceeds established a junior scholarship program.
Future of North America’s beef industry
Glynn T. Tonsor
I had the pleasure last week to provide a joint talk with Dr. Ted Schroder at the 2016 Beef Improvement Federation Annual Meeting & Symposium. Our presentation sketched a broad vision of how the integrated U.S. and Canadian beef industry may look in 20 years. To set the stage for our assessment, we outlined comparative advantages in comparing major global beef producers.
Beef performance hinges on silage quality
Hay and Forage Grower
“High-quality silage is important because of its value as a source of energy and other nutrients for growing cattle, and as a roughage source for finishing cattle,” said Dan Loy, Iowa State University animal science professor.
Corn Belt Could Have ‘Flash Drought’ This Summer
Brian K Sullivan
There’s a chance the Corn Belt could see a “flash drought” over the summer as temperatures across the U.S. may be higher than normal through the next three months, according to government forecasters.