BeefTalk: Effective Cropping Systems Reduce Winter Feed Costs
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Grazing of crop rotational systems that include cover crops and crop residue is a managerial change that can decrease beef production costs. This change is further enhanced when calving time is shifted to when cool-season pasture grass is available, opening the doors to more extended grazing and less need for harvested forage. Implementation of these changes may take several seasons and, depending on location, several managerial options.
The GIPSA Rules – USDA’s Answer to the Question Nobody Asked
Oklahoma Farm Report
Rumor has it US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has sent the infamous GIPSA rules to the Office of Management & Budget for assessment, a piece of policy that’s not been discussed since 2010. This is cause for considerable concern for ag trade groups like the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association who say this development was discovered through the grapevine; that no courtesy call was made to any opponents of these rules.
The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD): What producers need to know about antimicrobial use in feed
The use of antibiotics in feed for food producing animals has come under scrutiny over the past few years. The growing issues with bacteria developing resistance to medically important antibiotics in human medicine have been a major driver of these changes. The FDA has put the use of medically important antibiotics under the guidance of veterinarians.
Corn silage needs protein for top gains
Corn silage is an energy-rich feedstuff, but lighter cattle can actually need added rumen undegradable protein.
Tracking Feed Supplements
Chris Richards talks about options for tracking feed supplements as livestock forages begin to go dormant.
Beef’s red-headed stepchild
Dairy feeder steers are the red-headed stepchild of the beef industry – at least that is what we like to call them. I learned that idiom from my dad. It is his favorite. You can use it to describe pretty much anything – a sore on your big toe, an ugly runt in a litter of puppies or, in our case, a few black and whites in a pasture of Angus genetics.
Weaning Management, a Year in Advance
If the spring-born calves aren’t weaned yet, then the time isn’t far away now that fall is here. This month we’ll look at recent research from Philipe Moriel and others at North Carolina State University (NCSU) on the role of maternal nutrition in calf performance and health.
Adding value to crops & cattle by backgrounding
Describing the current market prices for both cattle and feedstuffs as poor would be a colossal understatement; dismal would be closer to the truth. Although there is little that an individual producer can do to change market prices, feeding cheaper feeds to add value to calves may be an opportunity to improve the overall bottom line this year.
The Road to Becoming a Professional Livestock Photographer
Ohio State University
Snap, click. I am finally finished. Fatigue consumes my body. It’s been a day as long as the bumpy dirt road I drove along this morning to get here. All 50 head of sale cattle have come and gone, all striking their pose in my picture pen. All presented to a T. Not a hair out of place.
Cattle Prices are Impacting Operation Decisions
Cattle markets continue their turbulent prices over the past months as prices declined 12 to 13 percent for all classes of cattle. This week, however, the trend is different.