BeefTalk: Sometimes I Think the Cows Know More Than We Do
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
For beef producers, fall is the time for cows to say goodbye, at least to their calves. The summer was generally pleasant, with sufficient moisture in most places. The calves should be prepared for weaning and marketing.
Strategically Marketing Open Cows
University of Tennessee
Non-pregnant (aka, "open") cows are often considered a by-product of cow-calf operations. Usually, when open cows are identified at pregnancy diagnosis they are sorted directly into a separate pen, loaded that day (or as soon as the calves are weaned) and transported to a livestock marketing facility.
NOW is a Great Time to Control Next Year’s Poison Hemlock
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
There are a couple of good reasons but perhaps the best is that while those plants are presently storing energy in their root systems to survive the winter, it is also a time when herbicide is very easily transferred into that root system.
Innovations in reproduction
At times, researchers may be perceived to be focusing on research that does not have immediate applicability; nevertheless, this work may lead to a technology that alters production practices.
One example of this may be the development of fixed-time artificial insemination (TAI).
Can we have a civil debate over NAFTA’s effects on beef?
Just a few days ago, I mentioned to a fellow aggie on his social media post that a candidate for national office is a new-world-order puppet, which history is teaching us is a dangerous thing.
How the TPP Would Affect Agriculture
On that list is beef. Nigh says the U.S. currently faces a 39% tax on beef exports to Japan. Through TPP, that would drop to 9%. Meanwhile, as wheat prices hit 10-year lows, wheat growers say TPP could help give prices some life, opening up the door to key markets.
Enhancing the Market Value of Your Next Calf Crop
Panhandle AG e-News
According the 2007-2008 USDA Reference of Beef Cow-calf Management Practices in the United States, approximately two-thirds of cattle operations (60.7%) used an auction market as the primary method of sale for weaned steers & bulls.
Getting calves off to a great start
Feeding cattle successfully is a bit like a horse race; a bad start can doom the chances of winning. Problems created during the starting phase increase the odds of sickness and affect performance for the entire feeding period.
A Rancher With a Passion for Animal Psychology
Anne Burkholder, a cattle farmer in Nebraska, married into the farming business. She met her husband in college, and after graduation the pair got married and moved to the rural Cozad, Nebraska, to run a farm near her husband’s family. She’s now an enthusiast of all things beef, and tells stories about keeping cattle on her blog, Feedyard Foodie. I talked to Burkholder about running a cattle feed yard for 20 years, the challenges of being in beef production, and whether she sees her children taking over the farm when she retires.
Silage pile shrink losses not nearly as great as regulators thought
Dairy Herd Management
No one can argue that air quality in the Central Valley is a problem certain times of the year, because Pacific air currents aren’t strong enough to move air over the 11,000’ to 14,000’ Sierra Mountains that border the valley to the east. But regulators in the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District were convinced that the mountains of silage needed to feed hundreds of thousands of cows were a big contributor to air issues. SJVAPCD regulators were expecting losses of 20 to 25%.