BeefTalk: An Increase in Beef Cows Requires Cropland
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Current industry thoughts would indicate that the beef cow herd is expanding, but the question is, “Where?” As cattle numbers expand, one needs to ponder where and then how. Ultimately, cattle need land, and regardless of where one goes, land is a precious commodity. Competition is tough, and crop production continues to dominate agriculture. So the question that often needs to be discussed is, “Just where is the forage base to expand cattle?”
TEXT from Moocall: Cow 37 is calving
The text message woke Vern Luther at Craik, Sask., in the wee hours. Jason Evashenko, about a half-hour north near Kenaston, received the exact same text a month later while out for a family supper. As inconvenient as the timing was, neither minded the interruption because it meant a new calf on the way.
Just How Prepared are We for the Event of a Foreign Disease Outbreak in the Heart of Cattle Country
Oklahoma Farm Report
The most dangerous animal diseases can be found in a laboratory on Plum Island just off the coast of New York, at least for now. Currently, there is an effort to transfer these contained pathogens to a biosecurity safe laboratory at Kansas State University in Manhattan.
Nation’s beef cow herd is growing at a pace beyond what’s been seen in recent history.
At the beginning of each year USDA releases its annual January Cattle Inventory Report. As expected, the Jan. 31 report confirmed that the U.S. cattle herd continued to expand last year, albeit at a more robust pace than was expected.
Easy on the Cow, Easy on the Cowboy
Courtney M. Dyer
The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Stockmanship and Stewardship Program is focused on teaching producers techniques to reduce handling stress and improve gathering, penning, working, and hauling cattle. These techniques not only offer the producers that follow them a significant economic benefit, but also offer a “quality of life” benefit for them and their animals.
UW researcher studies microbiome effects on cattle feed efficiency
High Plains Journal
You thought you were feeding silage or hay to cows these frosty winter mornings, didn’t you. The livestock really being fed are smaller and their names harder to pronounce than Angus, Hereford, Simmental, Charolais or Blonde d’Aquitaine—maybe not that last one—but chances are the next time livestock producers gather, “bacterioidetes” or “firmicutes” won’t be rolling off their tongues.
Extension Specialist Advises Cattle Producers Develop Marketing Plan
Northern AG Network
Even though calving season hasn’t gotten underway in full swing, now is a good time for producers to start planning their 2017 marketing strategy. SDSU Extension Risk Business Management Specialist Matt Diersen says for fed cattle, there’s the typical seasonal pattern in the cash price and it carries over in the future’s price as well.,so it’s advisable to use a five year average basis level.
Earlier vaccination on the ranch pays dividends down the line.
To producers who are thinking about cutting costs, Doug Ensley emphasized that administering vaccines is not the place to cut corners. “Not vaccinating cattle is not a good idea for cattle health — especially as antibiotic use for treatment of sick cattle is becoming more limiting,” the veterinarian for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. told attendees Feb. 2 at an NCBA Learning Lounge educational session during the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn.
Here’s why having breeding goals matter
It’s plumb tough to hit something specific without aiming, as the old saying goes. It’s equally easy to hit something unintended by using the same strategy. Consider selective breeding, or non-selective breeding for that matter. It always represents a roll of the genetic dice. There’s no telling which genes the offspring will inherit from each parent. There’s no way of knowing how the environment will allow the inherited genes to express themselves, exactly.
Winter Feeding Program Proving a Success for Arkansas Cattle Producers
For years, Shane Gadberry, an associate professor of ruminant nutrition and animal science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has been working to help cattle producers in central Arkansas get the most “bang for their buck” when it comes to feeding their herds through the winter, and ending up with healthy cows in the spring.