Developing Replacements from Herd Takes Dedication
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
Maintenance and development of a quality purebred cow herd requires selection of proper genetics and an ongoing input of new breeding females. One of the most important questions the producer must ask is: “do I buy my replacements or do I develop them from within my own herd?”
Mark Parker: The Top 10 reasons to lock your pickup in a small town
10. Leave it unlocked during church and you’re liable to find it filled with zucchini and other surplus garden items.
Don’t allow activists to disrupt summer fairs and expos
Summer is here and that means county fairs and livestock shows are in full swing. For many producers and youth involved in agriculture, fair season means putting in extra hours of practice and preparation in order to show off a year of hard work in the show ring along with making friendships and memories to last a lifetime.
Drylotting cows can be drought management strategy
Dr. Eric Knock
As I write this, it seems most everyone is waiting and hoping for rain. Some of us need moisture more severely than others, but all of us probably should start thinking about what management strategies we might need to employ and adjust depending on when the rains come.
Researchers, farmers collaborate to prevent E. coli
Michigan State University
A collaborative Michigan State University study involving microbiologists, epidemiologists, animal scientists, veterinarians, graduate students, undergraduates and farmers could lead to better prevention practices to limit dangerous E. coli bacteria transmissions.
Dairy herds expected to have decreasing effect on U.S beef production
Oklahoma State University
Although beef, as a by-product of the dairy industry, rarely exhibits a major influence on dairy industry production decisions, it is important to note that dairy animals contribute a significant portion of total animal slaughter and beef supply. Dairy herds expected to have decreasing effect on U.S beef production
Scout pastures for flies impacting cattle now
Western Livestock Journal
Face and horn fly populations are increasing in pastures, so now is the time to scout for the pests. “Scouting for flies is essential to determine when and if action needs to be taken to control fly populations,” says Patrick Beauzay, Coordinator of the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s Integrated Pest Management program.
Handling Silage Inoculants
Inoculants contain live, viable bacteria and need to be handled carefully, though not much different than how you’d treat vaccines for your livestock herd.
Sync Estrus for Better Conception Rates
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Estrus synchronization has helped me with heat detection. It allows you to really focus on this aspect of herd management, and having multiple cows in heat during a short time intensifies signs of heat.
Farms in flood-ravaged WV offered help with livestock feed and other supplies
On the Farm Radio
Many farms in the Mountain State of West Virginia were herd hit by raging flood waters in late June. Hundreds of miles of fencing were destroyed and hay supplies were contaminated by flood waters. Coordination efforts to address the situation are now being organized.