Thermal cameras arm drones for cattle scouting
Iowa Farmer Today
Drones are no longer just for scouting crops. With thermal imaging cameras, producers can use them to scout cattle as well. Chris Beerman, manager for Aerial Agronomics based in Sheldon, Mo., said thermal cameras are different from near-infrared cameras used for crop scouting. NIR cameras capture light reflected by plants. Thermal imaging cameras read thermal radiation and turn it into a visible picture.
Which is better: High volume or high price?
The beef industry has an ongoing, but sometimes unspoken, discourse about selling high-end, expensive products versus a higher volume of low-cost products with their own inherent quality.
Don’t Let Parasites Suck All the Profits Out of Your Beef Cattle Herd – Get Rid of Them at the Source
Oklahoma Farm Report
“When we have a lot of flies feeding on those animals, it impacts the performance of that animal,” Talley said. “The thing we have to think about is how are we going to not necessarily get rid of them – but how are we going to control them to the level where it doesn’t impact beef performance.”
2016 beef production bolstered by increased slaughter, higher dressed weights
Commercial beef production in 2016 is estimated about 6 percent above that of 2015. This is due to a combination of increased slaughter and slightly higher dressed weights.
The Next Step In Stockmanship – Cows That Come When Called
It turns out all you really have to do is name your cows and then teach them to come when called.
Proper Pressure Correctly handling makes cattle think it’s “their idea” to move
The Prairie Star
A hundred years ago many country people in these parts would wake up, put wood on the fire, gather eggs, milk cows, feed pigs and hook up a team of horses to feed cows. Not so now, and ranchers – and their animals – are paying for it.
A.I. Can Catapult Beef Breeding Programs Forward
Heather Smith Thomas
The first use of artificial insemination was accomplished by Arab Sheiks who wanted to utilize bloodlines of tribal enemies. They would sneak up to the other tribe’s herd at night with a mare in heat secretly collect semen from the stallion into a leather pouch and take it back to their own camp to inseminate a prize mare.
Industry specialists offer breeding advice
Don’t make sire selection more cumbersome than it needs to be.” That’s the advice of University of Nebraska Beef Genetics Extension Specialist Matt Spangler. Spangler acknowledges sire selection “would be simpler if only one trait affected a cow herd’s profitability,” but he added, “In truth there’s a multitude of traits.”
Signs of impending calving in cows or heifers
High Plains Journal
As the spring calving season begins, the cows will show typical signs that will indicate parturition is imminent. Changes that are gradually seen are udder development, or making bag and the relaxation and swelling of the vulva.