Baxter Black, DVM: Vertigal Integration
There are those who say farming and ranching is a “way of life” more than it is a business. Which helps explain why young people who grow up in agriculture return to work on the farm. Working the land holds a strong lure.
Monitor Mineral Intake Closely During Summer
Summer often becomes a busy time of year for ranchers (especially during haying season). Don’t forget to check the mineral feeders or blocks to be certain that they are supplying the minerals that your cows need. In some cases, medications may be recommended by your veterinarian to be included in the mineral mix.
Thinking Ahead to Fall Calf Marketing
Even though fall calf sales seem a long way down the road, now is the time to plan for marketing. Being prepared with a marketing plan will allow you to take fullest advantage of prices and maximize the value received for your calves.
Manage for Climate
Much of agriculture is dependent upon Mother Nature. If you’re going to
curse the weather, though, make sure you’re cursing the right thing. Are you angry with the weather or the climate?
Buyer’s Remorse Over Sale Barn Bulls
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Even if cattle from a sale appear healthy, they can carry a lot of diseases, including infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR), bovine viral diarrhea (BVD), anaplasmosis and tritrichomoniasis (trich), just to name a few. During quarantine, the bull needs to be vaccinated and boosted for leptospirosis, vibriosis, IBR, bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) and BVD. Also, check as to whether this bull is persistently infected (PI) with BVD.
Will preconditioning your calves pay less this fall?
Preconditioning has grown a lot in value and therefore in the premiums it pays over the past 10-20 years, but that’s likely to shrink back this year with lower cattle prices.
Grass-fed conference draws multi-state crowd
Sixty-six participants from four states gathered on the campus of Texas A&M University May 26 and 27 to learn about grass-fed beef production. Held annually since 2012, the conference covered a variety of topics related to grass-fed beef, including an overview of the U.S. beef industry, forage production practices specific for grass-fed beef and a review of genetics and biological types best suited for grass-fed beef.
Solutions for Watering From Ponds
We all know that there are significant downsides to cattle watering from ponds. When they poop in ponds there’s the algae and weed growth that ruins water quality. Loafing around ponds can lead to diseases like letospirosis and coccidiosis, or to foot rot. But sometimes ponds are our only viable water source.
Boehringer Ingelheim, Sanofi agree to swap business units
Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim announced today the signing of contracts to secure the strategic transaction initiated in December 2015 which consists of an exchange of Sanofi’s animal health business (“Merial”) and Boehringer Ingelheim’s consumer healthcare (CHC) business. This step marks a major milestone before closing of the transaction which is expected by year-end 2016 and remains subject to approval by all regulatory authorities in different territories. The integration of Boehringer Ingelheim’s Consumer Healthcare (CHC) business into Sanofi and Merial into Boehringer Ingelheim would start after closing.
Plan to keep cattle cool on hot days ahead
Tri State Neighbor
It’s only June and we have already had some significant heat and probably more to come. When it comes to cattle, it is best to be prepared to try to reduce heat stress before it happens. One of the most effective ways to help reduce the heat load on your cattle is to provide shade. Shade decreases the temperature of the pen floor. On hot days, the temperature of the black dirt of an open lot can be as much as 40 degrees higher than the ambient air temperature. With that much heat being generated beneath the cattle, it is pretty difficult to get away from it.
Feeding strategies during drought conditions
Every year, some part of the United States deals with a shortage of rainfall and reduced forage availability. If grazing is not modified during periods of drought, reproductive and growth performance of cattle is harmed, and long-term damage to the grazing ecosystem can occur. Because total annual rainfall explains most of the variation in forage production from year to year, it is important to monitor the amount and timing of precipitation.
Iowa producer relies on cross genetics for longevity
Iowa Farmer Today
Blistering heat has sent most of his cattle in pursuit of shade as Todd Dunphy drops a salt block near a small group of cow/calf pairs. The Union County producer is worried about the heat index, knowing it is breeding season on the Southwest Iowa farm. “This is prime time for us,” Dunphy says. Dunphy farms with his cousin Tim Dunphy near here. He says improving the genetics of his commercial herd is a never-ending process.
Understanding income, expenses and proactively manage finances
Farm and Ranch Guide
Money. For many people, it’s a topic they’d rather avoid. Often times, money is something they’d like to have more of – especially in this farm economy. Crops, dairy, and livestock operators are all in the midst of tight margins. Data from FinBin, a database of farm-level financial and operation data, support this.
Watch out for ergot-infected grass this summer
ISU Extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell and ISU Extension beef program specialist Joe Sellers say the climate this summer has produced a favorable environment for Ergot fungus to infect seed heads of many forage grasses. The toxins produced by the Ergot fungus will compound fescue toxicity.
Conditions right for anthrax in livestock
Tri State Neighbor
North Dakota’s state veterinarian is reminding livestock producers to vaccinate their animals against anthrax. Dr. Susan Keller says that with the precipitation which has fallen in much of the state, conditions are right for the disease to occur.
BeefTalk: Management and Genetics Make the Cow Whole
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
After listening to the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) annual meeting presentations through media services provided by Angus Media, many thoughts come to mind. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the annual gathering, which finished recently in Manhattan, Kan.
Heat vs. Humidity: Which is worse?
People love to complain about the weather, and the “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity” argument is a perennial summertime favorite. But which is actually worse – dry heat or humid heat?
On Arrival Vaccination Research Shows Benefit to Bottom Line
Douglas Hilbig, DVM
Giving an antibiotic to high-risk cattle on-arrival helps control bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in stocker and feedlot operations. While this offers an effective approach, recently we asked the question, would vaccination on-arrival reduce illness and death due to BRD?
Hot Weather Could Help Increase Cattle Prices
A rally in cattle and beef prices might be coming soon if the summer heat wave holds on. Rumors of beef demand slipping have caused speculation the market could drop, but Ted Seifried, vice president for Ag Hedge Group, believes cattle markets are going to be in a holding period, possibly even increasing.
Cattle actually benefit the environment
Although cattle do indeed produce methane as part of their digestive process, it is important to note that any tax to encourage reduced consumption of beef in Canada will not have any significant impacts to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.