Fast Growth Taking a Toll on Feet, Legs
Jason and Misty Edmondson were sitting in their Suburban getting ready to take a quick ride through a herd of fall-calving cows when Misty’s phone buzzed. "Yes sir. Yes sir. No problem. Can you have him there by 9 o’clock?" She shook her head. "Another producer with a lame bull," she said to Jason.
Keys for Corn Stalk Grazing
University of Nebraska
Corn harvest is underway in much of Nebraska. Corn residue is a tremendous feed resource for cattle in Nebraska. With Nebraska’s 9 million corn acres and 1.8 million beef cows, there is more than twice the number of corn stalk acres needed for grazing all of Nebraska’s beef cows!
8 steps to take control of year-round calving in two years
The research is out there and it isn’t new—tightening calving seasons give producers many management and economic benefits. Even so, there are still many producers operating on a year-round calving season. Reining in a calving season can also cause huge management losses if done improperly.
Modern cow-calf facility opens in Brookings, S.D.
As leading state in beef cattle production, South Dakota now has a state-of-the-art facility designed to provide cutting-edge educational opportunities. On Sept. 16, South Dakota State University held a dedication for the opening of the new Cow-Calf Education and Research Facility, which was open to the public, students, donors and alumni. It is now one of the most modern cow-calf facilities in the U.S.
USDA requires meat packers to report online cattle auction deals
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday it will require meat packers to report cattle purchases they make through online auctions to the agency starting next week, a move that stoked traders’ hopes for more transparent markets.
Beef Cattle Institute launches pregnancy analytics mobile app
The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University is making it easier for producers and veterinarians to manage pregnancy diagnosis information with a new mobile app called Pregnancy Analytics. Designed to serve as an instant data collection and analysis tool, the app will facilitate the transformation of data into actionable information for individual herds.
Winterize your cow herd
It is still warm outside, and I usually don’t think about this topic until late October, and by then it is too late. However, I think I should begin by way of introduction. In August, I was asked by the Victoria Advocate to submit some articles for its new monthly "Ag in the Crossroads" page in the Sunday paper. I am the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Livestock Specialist based at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Corpus Christi.
USDA issues guidance notice on grass fed beef
The USDA Food Safety Inspection service has released a clarification to its “Grass Fed” label on beef. The clarification states meat bearing the Grass Fed label must come from animals whose diet comes solely from grasses. Animals cannot be fed grain or grain by-products and must have continuous access to pasture during the growing season until slaughter.
A rancher’s time warp: the insanity can’t continue, right?
Last April, a rancher friend packed his horses and went to the high country. The grass was turning green, markets were near all-time highs and all looked to be in pretty good hands. No cell phone, no TV; just cows, grass and horses for the next 5½ months.
Pasture management in a high-tech world
Range and pasture monitoring historically involved a large paper map, clipboards, a camera, a GPS, a calculator, plant and weed identification booklets and a notebook. And heaven help you if you lost your pencil while walking through the grass.