Make Sure that Bulls Are Ready Before Breeding Season
Heather Smith Thomas
It’s always a good idea to have a breeding soundness evaluation and semen check for any bull you plan to use—not only for bulls you purchase, but also the bulls you kept over from last year. Even though they might have been fine last year, things can change. Injuries or infections can change that picture. Make sure each bull is good to go—before your breeding season.
Adding Value to Beef for Both the Producer and Consumer
Getting more bang for your buck is always a goal in life. This holds true for both beef producers and consumers. Almost everyone likes a good steak, but good steaks are generally considered expensive. One way to lower the cost of a steak dinner is to find the “value added” cuts. Not only do these cuts stretch budgets farther, they also help the producer realize more value from the beef they raise. Steaks such as the flat iron, chuck eye, and the Denver cut are a great way to save money and still have an excellent eating experience.
Non-conventional ranch transition in the Nebraska Sandhills
In 1898, five brothers left northwest Missouri and homesteaded in the Nebraska Sandhills. They were pioneering a land of good cattle range, open sky and new beginnings. Four generations later on the same homestead, their descendant, Dave Hamilton, is pioneering a new beginning in non-conventional ranch transitions.
Good Genetics and Hard Work – the Secrets Behind the Success of Express Ranches’ Seedstock
Oklahoma Farm Report
“We spend a lot of money, spend a lot of effort to try to get our cattle as good as they can be,” Callahan said. “We’re attempting to raise real good bulls – that go out and breeds the commercial man’s cows and doesn’t cause him any problems; and adds value to his calves.”
Minerals to Cows
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
The amount of minerals in the soil varies greatly across the country, which can create health problems. Selenium is a good example of something to watch.
After the Estate Tax is Gone
Agriculture looks to be a big winner as a result of the 2016 election. Two of its longest-standing grievances are quite likely to be addressed. My assumption is the federal estate tax will be one of those despised policies to be eliminated. How will this affect agriculture?
What’s driving the fashion in black cattle?
FASHION is fickle, but in the beef cattle industry, black-coated breeds that aren’t Angus have been around for decades, and their recent growing popularity shows no signs of waning. Numerous theories attempt to explain why ‘black is beautiful’.
Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV)
Dr. Lew Strickland
University of Tennessee
Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) is a potentially serious problem for cow-calf herds and has been implicated as a cause of infertility, abortions, diarrhea, shipping fever (BVD is a huge factor resulting in bovine respiratory disease), immunosuppression (weakening of the immune system which leads to other disease problems), and much more. BVDV infections are classified into three clinical syndromes: acute (transient) infection, fetal infection, and persistent infection.
Cattlemen’s Webinar Series on Beef Cattle Selection Tools
Get the latest update cattle selection tools and how to use them including: New EPD calculation software, updated across breed EPD comparison tools, EPDs for new traits and improved incorporation of genomic information into selection tools. These are more will be covered by industry and academic leaders during the webinar. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of time to answer participant questions at the end of the presentation.
Research the main focus of K-State Beef Cattle Research Center
At Kansas State’s Beef Cattle Research Center, students experience hands-on learning and gain knowledge from the research of operation systems, which are used to manage beef cattle that the unit does not own.