Mycotoxins, nitrates and pesticide residues in drought-stressed forages
Summer is about over and you’re wondering how the breeding season has gone. Unfortunately, in a summer-long drought, early term abortion of the fetus can occur for a number of reasons. Let’s take a moment to review mycotoxins, nitrates and pesticide residuals and how drought can aggravate an already stressful breeding-feeding season.
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Sometimes you should just ask for help. That’s what Joshua Eilers did when he was trying to get his feet on the ground as a new rancher and it made all the difference in the world.
Silage shrink affects feed quality and quantity
When silage shrinks, producers end up with less available feed and, often, a lower quality feed. The initial dry matter (DM) losses are often of more valuable nutrients such as sugars, starches and soluble proteins. This, in turn, leads to a higher concentration of lower-value nutrients, like fiber.
USDA seeks comment on whether to revise the U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef
Currently, the beef standards only include skeletal and muscular evidence as a determination of maturity grouping. The proposed changes would allow carcasses of grain-fed steers and heifers determined to be less than 30 months old either by dentition or by documentation of actual age to be included in the youngest maturity group (A maturity grouping) for carcasses recognized as “beef” regardless of skeletal evidences of maturity.
Fall season brings highest incidence of BRD.
The fall season signals cooler weather, but it also brings the greatest incidence of Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) and producers need to take steps now to weather the BRD storm. BRD is a major problem for cattle and continues to cause serious economic losses for producers, causing up to $1 billion in losses each year in the United States alone.
Moderating Cow Size
Western Livestock Journal
More and more commercial cattle breeders are targeting moderately-sized cattle as a means of maximizing profits and minimizing costs as they strive to even the odds against them and boost their bottom lines. Beckton Stock Farm Inc. of Sheridan, WY, and Leachman Cattle of Fort Collins, CO, are in the forefront of striking a balance in the sizes they breed and raise, ensuring their cattle are neither too small nor too large going to market.
Farming ‘hotspots’ carry air pollution risk, Dutch study finds
The Financial Times
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
Scientists have already established that agriculture helps create the haze pollution that drifts across many countries. The Dutch study is one of the first to use physical health tests to measure the impact of farms on the health of nearby residents.
The Best Plans Can Change
Angus Beef Bulletin
2011 kicked off some busy years for the Lawson family. That was the year daughter Kay Leigh returned full-time to the family farm and commercial cattle operation after being away at Purdue University. She joined parents Donnie and Tammy Lawson, uncle Danny Lawson and cousin Ben, who was also just returning from Purdue. The brothers began farming at the Thorntown, Ind., operation decades earlier with their parents. As the family grew, so did Lawson Farms LLC, eventually farming 3,500 acres, calving 100 cows and feeding more than 300 fat cattle annually.
Cattle producers call for vote on creating $1.6M Iowa checkoff
Des Moines Register
Iowa cattle producers have sent a petition to the state ag department calling for a vote to create a state checkoff program that would generate up to $1.6 million annually.
Nebraska Cattle Producers Urged to Prepare for New Regulations
Nebraska beef cattle producers should begin preparing for the Jan. 1, 2017, implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive regulations, according to Rob Eirich, Nebraska beef quality assurance director with Nebraska Extension