Consider Using Balage to Conserve Forage
Dennis Hancock, Ph.D.
In many county Cattlemen’s meetings and trainings held of late, I have strongly encouraged producers to consider taking full advantage of spring rains and growing conditions. Included in that discussion is usually an encouragement to use baleage to harvest and store any excess winter forage production. In this article, we will dive a little deeper into the management and use of baleage.
Toxic Fescue Time Bomb
Craig Roberts doesn’t just think toxic fescue negatively affects health and reproduction in beef herds across the South, he knows it does. There is no such thing as a herd of cattle that has completely acclimated to ergot alkaloids, despite what it may look like.
Graze early, rotate cattle rapidly: Conservationist
Iowa Farmer Today
Managing pastures in the spring requires planning and flexibility. Often, grass grows faster than cattle can graze it. But producers have a couple of options to make the most use of abundant forage. The goal is to prevent grass from maturing and going dormant. Once this happens, forage quality decreases.
Rethinking vaccinating at receiving – Progressive Cattleman
Recent research is questioning a protocol that has gone unquestioned in the feedlot for decades. Find out what stress has to do with MLV vaccine response in cattle and why. Calves, fresh off the truck, are hardly what you’d call “fresh” in appearance. They walk the fences or stand hunkered-up and gaunt, are unfamiliar with their feed, water and surroundings, and are stressed.
Joe Bill Meng Benefit Auction to Raise Scholarship Support
The late Joe William (Joe Bill) Meng Jr. enjoyed a lifetime of happiness as a devoted Angus breeder. He worked and lived on the Meng family farm in Woodburn, Ky., for many years and built their Angus herd into a nationally respected seedstock producer. He was known throughout the purebred cattle industry as an expert in Angus pedigrees and cow families and was a respected judge, consultant and breeder.
How to Create Highly-Valued Feeder Calves
A Steak in Genomics
If it takes more than two sentences to describe the breed make-up of your cattle, it shows that you don’t have a plan for your cattle. If you don’t have a plan for your cattle, you can expect to receive discounts on your cattle. If you can briefly describe your cattle, e.g. 100% Char-Angus, 100% Red Angus on Santa Gertrudis, 100% SimAngus, etc.
Beef industry writes letter to Trump
Members of the U.S. beef industry have penned a joint letter to President Trump, urging him to restore market access to China during his upcoming summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Moderation is good in all things, cows included
The modern cow is a moderate-sized critter capable of outperforming its grandmothers in all the ways that count. “There is no doubt we have cattle with tremendous capacity for post-weaning growth and carcass weight,” said beef cattle specialist David Lalman of Oklahoma State University.
If done the right way, raising beef could be good for the environment
Everyone from author Michael Pollan to climate change experts have suggested raising cattle for beef is hard on the environment. The amount of resources that go into producing a pound of beef are a lot greater than what it takes to produce a pound of chicken, for instance. Plus, in some cases, transporting beef further adds to its carbon footprint.
Light Touch Works With Wary Livestock
Carol Ann Gregg
LiTerra Farm, the home place of John and Judy Ligo, was the site last week for a roundup of information about handling cattle. Billed as the Stockmanship Road Show 2.0, it was a follow-up to last fall’s BQA Roundup by the Pennsylvania Beef Council. Don Höglund, a veterinarian, animal behaviorist and animal trainer, returned to demonstrate techniques producers can use when working with their livestock.