BeefTalk: Bull Selection and Obtaining Historical Benchmarks
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
In life, knowing your goal determines your route to achieve that goal. The same is true when selecting bulls for your herd. The first step in smart bull selection begins with a historical understanding of the bulls. A review of the last two or three calf crops provides the basis for an account of calves marketed. Either a simple or detailed review, based on the individual producer’s desire, is a practical approach that helps with bull selection. Only add the details you actually are going to review, understand and use.
Plan now for colostrum needs this spring
It is not too soon to begin to prepare for the spring calving season. Locating, obtaining, and storing several doses of colostrum or colostrum replacer will come in handy before the first heifers start to go into labor. Calves born after a difficult birth are at a high risk of failing to receive adequate colostrum by natural suckling because of greatly decreased colostrum intake.
How to Load Cattle Onto a Trailer in Pasture Without a Chute
“Working” with cattle involves teaching them that you are in control because you can control their movement; i.e., you can speed them up, slow them down, stop them, turn them, and drive them places. I’ve described these steps in previous articles that you can find here.
Timing for Feeedyard Vaccines
We know that stresses associated with weaning, transport, comingling, castration, dehorning and feedlot processing increase plasma cortisol concentrations and challenge the immune system. We also know that calves arriving in feedyards often have been exposed to respiratory pathogens during the marketing and transport process, and that the combined effects of stress, suppressed immunity and disease exposure can reduce the benefits of vaccinations.
Smaller cows can produce more profitable fed steers
At last someone has studied the relationship of smaller cows to profitability of the smaller steers they produce. The result was a group of smaller-framed cows from North Dakota State University’s Dickinson Research Center out-profited a group of larger-framed cows.
Use Laboratory Diagnosis to Determine Deworming Strategies
University of Wisconsin
Wisconsin’s 2016 growing season was ‘good for grass’, as abundant rainfall and optimal temperatures supported forage production. For certain, internal parasites whose life cycle depends upon grass and grazing ruminants, proliferated in response to all that grass.
Tips for managing cattle through an Arctic blast
Tri State Neighbor
Extremely cold temperatures are gripping the cattle feeding areas of the Northern Plains. Although cattle producers can’t change the weather, there are management steps they can take to help keep cattle healthy and performing well.