Baxter Black, DVM: Hi-Horned Red Cow’s Calf
I have calved a lot of heifers in my life…thousands. All of us who have that type of experience know that after the sweat and strain, the slick and sticky, the hope and pull, the grunt and sigh, when the wet little creature plops on the ground, sometimes there is a moment that time stands still. A second, or two or five, we stare, our world suspended, waiting for a sign.
Mark Parker: The Top 10 signs old age is edging closer
10. Not only do you remember Uncle Joe from the Shady Rest Hotel at Petticoat Junction, you’re beginning to look like him.
Thin Margins Force Cow/Calf Producers to Learn how to Squeeze the Most Profit from their Operation
Oklahoma Farm Report
A few years ago, making money at the cow/calf business was fairly easy. Since then though, these last few years have proven a bit tougher to turn a profit. Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax, says while it may take a little more work and attention to expenditures, profitability on the ranch can still be done.
Feeding Management Reduces Weak Calves
Tri State Livestock News
Cows with a body condition score of 3 or 4 would have more incidences of weak calf syndrome than cows with more body fat, he notes. The lack of body fat isn’t the only issue involved, although it is a good physical sign to observe.
Calving difficulty can be reduced through genetics, proper nutrition
Dr. Eric Knock
Calving season is started or soon will be for many producers. As we go through the season, calving difficulty is one of the primary events that has a lasting impact on a calf and the cow. How can you manage to lessen the chances of dystocia?
WOTUS: Supreme Court Won’t Halt Case
The Supreme Court will not pause a case concerning the Obama administration’s Clean Water Rule in a rebuke to the Trump administration. The justices’ decision came on Monday with no explanation.
Economically Relevant Cattle Traits
Sire selection should focus on that which is economical. This requires a true accounting of the traits that generate revenue or incur a cost within a specific beef cattle enterprise. Once the drivers of profit have been identified, sire selection should focus on the suite of traits that impact profitability.
Common Traits of Successful Ranches
Dr. Jared Decker
A Steak in Genomics
How does that energy from the sun taste? Cattle convert the grass growing from the energy from the sun into high quality protein. Good Stewarts realize they can’t control how much they get, but they can manage what they have. Gracing management is huge, must have a grazing plan.
Beef Stocker Unit provides research for the cattle industry, production experience for students
Kansas State Collegian
In U.S. cattle production, it typically takes 14 to 16 months to raise an animal for meat consumption. This development process has several phases for a market animal to go through, including birth, weaning — taking the calf away from its mother — and then growing in a feedlot to develop muscle that will be harvested for meat.
Breeding problems another cost of wild cattle
Heather Smith Thomas
Research keeps proving bad temperament literally costs beef producers money, but could be avoided. Flighty, aggressive cattle are difficult to handle, don’t gain as well in the feedlot and don’t produce high-quality carcasses. Bad temperament also affects reproduction rates: Cows with bad dispositions have lower conception/calving rates.