Some Ideas on Converting from Year-round Calving to a Controlled Breeding Season
Dr. Les Anderson
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Maintaining a controlled breeding and calving season can be one of the most important management tools for cow-calf producers. A uniform, heavier, and more valuable calf crop is one key reason for keeping the breeding season short.
Take Steps to Manage Effects of Summer Heat
Dr. Brandi Bourg Karisch
As we approach the heat of the summer months, many producers are battling the heat and humidity that is an integral part of life in the south. Summer brings with it rising temperatures and typically decreasing animal performance.
Preventing an Unwanted Baler
Dry conditions this year have reminded many how quickly fires can ignite causing damage, destroying equipment, future feedstuffs and hopefully NOT injuring you in the process. We need to be cognizant at all times of the potential for fires to start while baling hay or straw and take measures to minimize the potential of a fire occurring.
Hot Topic, Cool Solutions
Many challenges in the beef community are tackled with a two-pronged
approach: genetics and management. Heat stress should be no different, says Megan Rolf, Oklahoma State University Extension beef geneticist.
Drought Conditions Can Lead to Nitrate Poisoning in Cattle
It’s time for cattle producers to start checking nitrate levels in pasture forages again. Kim Mullenix, animal scientist with Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said drought has increased the chance for livestock forages to develop elevated nitrate levels. This can lead to nitrate poisoning in cattle.
Will Cloned Cattle Give Us What We’re Looking For?
In the beef industry, conventional wisdom holds that the quality of beef suffers as the yield—the amount of boneless, closely trimmed retail cuts—increases and vice versa. But the initial results of WTAMU’s research involving cloned cattle demonstrate that it is possible to improve both simultaneously, which means higher value beef can be produced without wasteful trim fat.
Vitamins A&E can be depleted in stressful situations, including drought.
Producers grazing livestock this summer should consider supplementing vitamins A&E due to drought conditions, said Alvaro Garcia, SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director & Professor. "Both vitamins are typically present in green forage, however when most of the diet consists of dry summer pasture or dry, bleached hay, deficiencies in both vitamins is likely," Garcia explained.
MANCI auction set for cattle, farm equipment
Mansfield News Journal
he beef cattle that graze outside the Mansfield Correctional Institution farm on Ohio 13 and related farm equipment will be sold at auction on Oct. 28 and 29. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections is seeking bids to secure an auctioneer to sell farm equipment and about 415 beef cattle at its Ohio Penal Industries Farm Facility, 1150 N. Main St.
Impacts of the dairy industry on beef markets
Obviously, the percentage of beef supply coming from dairy cattle is dependent both on the number of beef animals harvested, which have been low in recent years, and the number of dairy animals harvested, which are more consistent over time.
Couple gambles on beef cattle in northern Maine
Bangor Daily News
Erin Parisien has the heart and soul of a gambler. Now she and her husband, Richard Nielsen, have gone all in, raising and selling beef cattle in northern Maine, and they’re betting the area’s appetite for locally produced beef will pay off. The couple founded Aroostook Beef Co. in 2014 after moving to Maine from Nebraska and purchasing land in New Canada, just south of Fort Kent.