Dirty, crowded pastures: Are they putting your newborns at risk?
It’s been an exhausting couple of months welcoming new calves to your herd. But you’re on the homestretch. As hundreds of baby calves frolic alongside their mothers on a well-worn pasture, you’re about to welcome yet another new life.
Using young bulls in multi-sire pastures and cow-to-bull ratios
The spring breeding season is only a few weeks away. Cow-calf operators are assessing their bull batteries and making needed purchases. Producers often ask about the use of young bulls in the same breeding pasture with older, larger bulls.
Which Weeds Are Good For Your Livestock?
One of my favorite weed publications is Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension’s “The Nutritive Value of Common Pasture Weeds and Their Relation to Livestock Nutrient Requirements.” It reviews the research available on weeds and concludes that weeds can meet the protein values of almost all classes of stock that we raise.
Tips for smoother calving and healthier calves
Tri State Livestock News
There are many "traditional" practices and old wives tales about how to assist a birth or get a newborn calf breathing—some of which are valid and helpful, and some that are not. Dr. Bill Lias with Interstate Vet Clinic, Brandon, South Dakota, says that over the years that he’s been a veterinarian he has seen a change in some of the trends, and there are also a few things he’d rather not see happen.
Don’t Mix Young and Old bulls in the Breeding Pasture
With spring bull sales in full swing, cow-calf operators are assessing their bull batteries and making needed purchases; however, in most cases, producers should not place young bulls in the same breeding pasture as older, larger bulls.
2017 Cattle Raisers Convention Common Traits of Successful Ranches
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.
Have to manage invading species.
Meat-Processing Plant in a Box
An American inventor may have come up with a technology that will help niche livestock producers bring their products to market faster and more efficiently in the future.
Rotten beef and illegal deforestation: Brazil’s largest meatpacker rocked by scandals
On March 17, agents with Brazil’s Federal Police raided facilities belonging to JBS and another food processing giant, BRF, as well as several smaller companies. The raids were the culmination of a two-year investigation, called “Operation Weak Flesh,” into an alleged scheme by which JBS, BRF, and others were bribing government officials to look the other way as they sold and exported rotten and salmonella-tainted beef, pork, and poultry.
Behind the Scenes at a Feedlot in South Africa
When traveling half way around the world to South Africa there are some differences and similarities to be found in the beef industry compared to the U.S. Last week, I visited the Beefcor feedlot near Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa and approximately 80 km (50 miles) from Johannesburg.
Beef cattle tuberculosis investigation ongoing
The State Board of Animal Health and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture are working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service to investigate and test cattle in North Dakota related to herds in South Dakota affected by bovine tuberculosis.