Three Things to Consider Before Buying Those Females to Add to Your Herd
Oklahoma Farm Report
For cattle producers looking to add females to their beef cattle herds, there are several things to consider before making that purchase, according to Robert Wells of the Noble Foundation. Farm Director Ron Hays had the opportunity to get his advice on what considerations he suggests producers make.
The Genetics of Horned, Polled and Scurred Cattle
University of Kentucky
Completely avoiding both horns and scurs in your cowherd is near impossible for most commercial cattle producers. Understanding how we get polled and horned cattle is relatively simple and a genomics test can tell us if an animal is a carrier of the horn allele or not.
Can ultra-high stock density make 10x stocking rate?
It’s common question for beef producers to ask why people would move cattle to fresh pasture every day or even more frequently. The answer is first and foremost for profitability. Yet many things happen under ultra-high-stock-density grazing which lead to this increase in profits.
Top Dollar Angus announces Seedstock Partnership Program
The Cattle Business Weekly
Top Dollar Angus, Inc. has announced a new Seedstock Partnership Program. The program allows seedstock providers to identify and elevate their Angus and Red Angus bulls and females that genetically excel in growth and carcass value potential.
Still Time to Grow and Use More Feed
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Do you have enough feed for this winter? Is it of good quality? If not, there is still time to generate more quality feed for this winter for our cattle. What can we do?
New tools for research
Genomics and related research areas such as proteinomics, lipidomics and other “omics” are used to study the molecules that are inside cells, including DNA, RNA, proteins, fats and carbohydrates. New laboratory tools are being developed to allow animal and veterinary scientists to investigate how different cattle respond to different nutrients, disease challenges and environmental factors at the cellular level.
Low stress handling keeps cattle calm
“Reducing stress when handling livestock will improve productivity and prevent physiological changes that could confound research and lower productivity. Handlers who understand livestock behavior can reduce stress,” says Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University and a recognized authority on livestock handling systems.
Iowa beef checkoff absentee ballot request forms available
he Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association last week announced that eligible beef producers can request an absentee ballot to participate in the referendum on whether the 50-cents-per-head state beef checkoff in Iowa should be reinstated. The referendum will be held Nov. 30, 2016.
Smart strategies for a parasite control program
Antiparasitic resistance—the genetic ability of parasites to survive the effects of an antiparasitic drug that was previously effective—continues to grow in U.S. cattle.