Don’t Say No to Technology
Australian Ben Hayes leads the “1,000 Bull Genomes Project,” an initiative that aims to accelerate the rate of genetic gain in domestic cattle, while preserving high standards for animal health and welfare. Hayes offered a worldwide look at how genomic profiling of animals is shortening generation interval and improving breeding accuracy of beef cattle.
Calve heifers in the daytime – really!
When calving time for heifers arrives this spring (or winter), if you feed them in the evening they are dramatically more likely to calve in the daytime. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University emeritus extension animal scientist, has talked about this for years and says it works well.
Why Blame The Beef Checkoff For Promoting Beef?
Many complain because we’re not doing things the way we used to – a common example is not seeing Beef It’s What’s For Dinner on television, even though the campaign still lives on in very efficient targeted digital campaigns.
Busted corral? It might cost you more than you think
Pondering that busted corral and the cost to fix or repair it seems straightforward enough. Especially when margins are thin, fix what’s needed and put up with what you have.
Senate reacts to EU ban on US beef
Morning AG Clips
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released the following statement after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced actions against the European Union (EU) over discriminatory trade practices against American beef imports.
Sexed Semen: History and Potential
While the technology behind sex-sorted semen is relatively new, the tool has become commonplace, particularly in dairy breeding. And as the process for sorting, processing and using sexed semen becomes more efficient, leaving a calf’s sex up to chance could become obsolete.
Keynote speaker busts myths about cattle grazing
Farm and Ranch Guide
Despite popular myths, grazing cattle is a necessary part of maintaining the ecosystem, Nicolette Hahn Niman told about 175 people gathered Nov. 18-19 for Northern Plains Resource Council’s 45th Annual Meeting in Billings, Mont.
Net wrap is not twine cattle producers need to take extra precautions
With advancements in bale binding technology, efficiency has increased. Today’s net wrap increases baling efficiency by 75 percent over twine binding. "In addition, net wrap also increases water shedding ability, resulting in less spoilage and outdoors storage losses," said Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.
Flexible Livestock Herd Systems
University of Wyoming
Having a flexible herd system is beneficial for livestock managers, especially in times of drought or other disaster. Many times, because of tradition, producers will select the least flexible, most stable herd system–typically a reproductive herd which then sells weanlings. However this may not be sustainable for the rangeland resource or the livestock herd itself.
Tailoring grazing programs to season optimizes animal, plant health
Wyoming Livestock Roundup
As livestock producers are planning their grazing systems for the year, University of Wyoming State Beef Extension Specialist Steve Paisley explains that many factors need to be considered for each season to optimize both plant and animal health.