BeefTalk: Bull Selection and Managing Risk
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Bull buying involves risk because a bull without the desired genes will not meet management goals for expected calf performance. Bull buying risk can be minimized by understanding the available genetic data for the desired bull through the implementation and utilization of the associated tools to access that data.
Pendulum swings toward higher value calves
Iowa Farmer Today
Calf prices have bucked seasonal trends in recent weeks, moving up during a time frame that normally sees prices fall.
Nutrient Value of Annual Forages Left Standing Through the Winter
Karla H. Jenkins
University of Nebraska
Beef cattle producers are often interested in planting annual forages in the summer for later use in the winter. The question often surfaces about whether to bale the forage, or let the cattle graze the forage later in the year.
Leaving Dam Doesn’t Have to be Stressful
Judging by the hollering, bellering and fence-walking that occurs, weaning definitely rates as the most stressful time in a calf’s life. It’s expensive, too, and not just because of busted fences and bent gates.
Management tips to lessen dangers of feeding moldy hay
Many producers, blessed with an abundance of spring and summer moisture, are quickly discovering this year’s hay crop has a little more mold growth than they are used to.
A mycotoxin heads-up
Hay And Forage
Mycotoxins are toxic metabolic by-products of fungi. They have haunted the livestock industry for many years. It’s nearly impossible to predict or know for sure that mycotoxin problems exist without testing. Molds may be visible without there being concerning mycotoxin levels, or there can be no visible molds with high levels of mycotoxins. Certain types of mycotoxins such as aflatoxin and T-2 are especially problematic from a livestock health perspective.
NC flooding results in probable hay shortage
On the Farm Radio
Flooding in eastern North Carolina and drought in western counties has state agricultural officials concerned about feeding livestock and horses this winter. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is utilizing a website to help livestock and horse owners in sourcing hay.