Which Comes First, Calving or Rebreeding?
Regardless of which takes priority in your mind, calving and rebreeding success is always in season. You’ve heard the dilemma, “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” A similar dilemma plays out in the cattle industry each year as we start preparing for calving season. Which comes first, calving or rebreeding? You might put all of your eggs in the calving “basket,” since a live, healthy calf is often first priority. But a calf is ultimately the result of a successful cattle breeding cycle, and preparation for calving and rebreeding should occur simultaneously.
Profit Tip: Using Replacement Strategies to Decrease Real Cow Depreciation
Tri State Livestock News
In accounting, real depreciation is an attempt to relate the change in value of an asset as it ages and/or declines in usefulness. For example, when you buy a car and drive off the dealer’s lot, it loses on average 11% of its initial value. Simply, the car is now worth less because it is a used car.
Don’t play Russian roulette with your cattle genetics
A herd sire packs a powerful punch when it comes to the genetic development of a cow herd. An elementary school science lesson and plain common sense teaches the 50:50 relationship when it comes to the creation of offspring — take that logic to the cow pen, and a bad bull = bad calves.
3 misunderstood (and underutilized) genetic tools
As a beef producer, you are asked to be an economist, nutritionist, range scientist, mechanic, and the list goes on. While these skill sets are needed to run a successful operation, it can be a daunting task to stay well versed in all of these areas. As a result, many producers experience “information overload” and begin overlooking very useful tools.
Tomi Lahren’s "Alternative Facts" on COOL
Conservative political commentator Tomi Lahren is speaking out about Country-of-Origin-Labeling again. Lahren, a native South Dakotan, currently hosts Tomi for TheBlaze on line. In her recent “Final Thoughts” commentary, she reiterated her view point that the elimination of COOL is detrimental to the American rancher. But what are the facts behind her statements?
Fly control: Parasitic wasps are biological warfare at its best
Darr Feedlot in Cozad, Nebraska, sits on 325 acres that are divided into two lots – one with just under 30,000 head of cattle, the other with nearly 20,000 head of cattle in it. With that many cattle in one area, you would think the flies would be out-of-control nasty, but they’re not.
SEMO dedicates indoor cattle feeding building
Brownfield AG News
A cattle feeding facility has been dedicated at Southeast Missouri State University and will be used to study the economic results of covered feeding. Researchers will compare beef production in the new 45-hundred square foot facility to open feeding areas. They will track the cattle’s feed to gain ratio, behavior and welfare, and, meat quality.
Market delivers a blow to Holstein feeders
Holstein producers in the region are down to two buyers — American Foods and JBS Packer Land — which depresses the price farmers get for their cattle. At a recent livestock auction at Central Livestock in Zumbrota, fed Holstein steers sold for about $30 less than fed beef steers.
Pocket: Drug-Resistant Salmonella: More Research Needed
We know that salmonella is one of the most important food-borne pathogens in the United States, and that some salmonella populations have developed resistance to one or more antibiotics. Research also has found antibiotic resistance in salmonella derived from animals at the farm level.
Antiobiotics in meat real, growing health threat
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
On the family farm on which I grew up, we raised beef cattle — Black Angus, my father’s favorite breed of cattle. When the spring calves were a month or so old, we would give each of them a shot of penicillin. Not because there was anything wrong with them but because they would grow faster if they were given a preventive shot.