Improve pregnancy rate with a pre-breeding exam
High Plains Journal
One of the early requirements in the Missouri Show-Me-Select Heifer Program is the pre-breeding examination. “The exam, done by a veterinarian, normally four to six weeks before breeding will increase the pregnancy rate in virgin heifers,” said Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
Caring for calves in confinement
There’s more to it than you might think As pasture becomes more scarce and land lease costs rise, cow-calf producers are evaluating alternative methods for producing beef.
From cropland to the calving pasture, drones offer options to add efficiency
The Cattle Business Weekly
Near Baker, Oregon, Duane Chandler of Chandler Herefords is using a ground drone as an extra set of eyes in the calving pasture, and even to herd cattle. Chandler, who admits to being a “gearhead,” built the one-of-a-kind drone himself by modifying a Traxxas brand E-Revo remote control 4×4 and adding a video system to it. The unit has a front camera and a back camera.
Are You Prepared for Calving Season? Take This Quiz!
As calving season is just around the corner, there is a three-part module on calving. We’ll go over the first two: Calving Basics and Calving Difficulties (Dystocia):
Prior, Proper, Planning Precedes Profitable Purchases
As the bull-buying season gets underway, commercial cattlemen should do their home work to help ensure the bull(s) they purchase this year meet their needs. Like most things in life, preparedness is the key to making an informed decision.
Does the show ring matter in the cow pasture?
“We’ve become very efficient about making the cow herd more efficient; building the end product and doing a great job from that standpoint with some of the EPDs we’ve had. But like anything, we can go too far. And having a balance of phenotypic appraisal and a balance of genetic selection and emphasis is where we need to be as a whole.”
Meat Labeling May be Attempted Under Trump Administration
The issue of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) may come back with the Trump administration. Passed by Congress, COOL required labels showing where beef was born, raised, and slaughtered. The U.S.’s trading partners in Canada and Mexico objected to the legislation and appealed to the World Trade Organization.
Cattle Industry ‘Very Concerned’ by Trump Pledge on Nafta
Linda Mulvany and Megan Durisin
The largest U.S. cattle trade group said it’s “very concerned” about President Donald Trump’s pledge to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which calls into question whether the industry will continue to enjoy its current level of market access in Mexico and Canada.
IBCA elects officers, directors
The Indiana Beef Cattle Association held elections during the recent area beef meetings to choose four area directors who sit on the IBCA-IBC Board
Three keys to late gestation success for cows
Healthy calves begin with healthy cows. And while gestation is a long process, the last few months are especially critical in the formation of the calf’s immune system.